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…

AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOKS @ The State Library of Victoria

  During 2020 THE WORLD OF THE BOOK exhibition at the State Library of Victoria presented a brief history of photobooks including some striking Australian examples. Principal librarian Des Cowley presented an online accessible video discussing the history of the photobook and some of the Australian books. Due to the Pandemic the SLV was unfortunately…

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…

AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOK COMPENDIUM

A SPECIAL FREE DOWNLOAD OFFER for WPBD . We are offering a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD of the AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOK COMPENDIUM V3. . Launched at the Melbourne Art Book Fair in March 2019 this book features: A listing of nearly 300 photographers who make books 120 publishers 40 designers 100 portraits of photographers photos of 40…

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…

BEST ANTIPODEAN PHOTOBOOKS 2019

At the end of each year photobook commentators and critics from across the globe gather to present the BEST BOOKS of that year. Their information resource is the books that they have encountered over the preceding 12 months. For the reasons of geography these lists are generally representative of the American, European and more recently…

FIVE ANTIPODEAN PUBLISHING SUCCESS STORIES FROM 2019

A re-post from The Momentum Blog – Great to see the back story behind these photobooks and their connection with MomentoPro Australia  and Momento Pro New Zealand. . Click the link HERE Five publishing success stories from 2019

ANTIPODEAN PHOTOBOOK TRIBES – Keynote TALK: BIFB Photobook Weekend

  Many Tribes: The Australian & New Zealand Photobook A talk by Doug Spowart The photobook disrupted the 1990’s prediction that ‘the book is dead’ and grew into a worldwide phenomenon. Doug Spowart will address key aspects of the historical and contemporary makeup of the photobook in Australia & New Zealand where the various ‘tribes’ contribute to a vibrant and progressive…

ANZ Photobooks and the Tate

  . We are delighted that this collection is entering Tate’s library collection as a rich resource for our public and for academics of photobooks in these regional areas. Sarah AllenAssistant Curator, International Art, Tate . . We’ve just completed a commissioned project where a collection of 52 Australian and New Zealand photobooks were acquired…