THE BRISBANE SATELLITE MABF KEPK BEST BOOK LAUNCH

Our physical presentation of the BEST ANTIPODEAN PHOTOBOOK as part of a satellite Melbourne Art Book Fair event was thwarted by the Queensland Government’s re-introduction of a lockdown after the discovery of local cases of COVID community transmission. So – we went ahead with the LIVE STREAM component with the intention to present the physical…

BEST ANTIPODEAN PHOTOBOOKS 2020

LAUNCHED AT THE MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR 27 MARCH 2021 . Compiled by DOUG Spowart & VICTORIA Cooper   This list represents a selection of books published in Australia and New Zealand in the year of the Pandemic 2020. Though many aspects of the publishing world were significantly disrupted causing several books to be held…

SELECTED ANZ STUDENT PHOTOBOOKS of 2020

LAUNCHED AT THE MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR – MARCH 27   This year we invited over 20 institutions around Australia and New Zealand to nominate a student photobook for this list. We are excited that eight photographic courses responded and that we have an opportunity to showcase these photobooks in this Antipodean Photobook Blog post….

ON READING PHOTOBOOKS – Antipodean Photobook People

  THE “ON READING: PHOTOBOOKS” PROJECT   As part of the Brisbane Photobook Club’s celebrations for World Photobook Day (WPBD) in 2015 Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper coordinated an exhibition at Maud Gallery (now the Queensland Centre for Photography) in Brisbane that featured 67 Australian, New Zealand and some international photographer’s self-portraits imaged while reading…

ANTIPODEAN BOOKS I LUSTED AFTER in 2020

IN EARLY DECEMBER Australian photobook collector and maker Bill Purvis and AMERICAN SUBURB X managing editor Brad Feuerhelm initiated what turned out to be two lengthy online thread discussions on the FlakPhoto Books Facebook page about the end of year ‘BEST PHOTOBOOK’ lists. Topics included: the value or otherwise of lists, who makes the lists…

The photobook event that the virus took away

. On the weekend of May 2-3 2020 there was a weekend of major photobook activities planned for the PHOTO 2020 International Photo Festival in Melbourne. A significant component of the event: A seminal selection of 52 Australian and New Zealand Photobooks* from the State Library of Victoria’s collection was to be made available for…

2018 PHOTOBOOK NEW ZEALAND – Archive Review

In 2018 I came back to Wellington for the second PHOTOBOOK NZ. Following on from the success of the 2016 event, which essentially featured Antipodean voices, the international contribution was expanded to include photography and photobook  exponents from the USA, France, Germany and Japan. In this second PBNZ  the aims of event were certainly being…

2016 PHOTOBOOK NEW ZEALAND – Archive Review

In 2016 I attended the first PHOTOBOOK NZ in Wellington. The event brought together the New Zealand photobook community and other members from Australia. For two and a half days in March photobooks were discussed, many were bought and stories were shared about the state of the discipline in the Antipodes and where it fitted…