BOOK LAUNCH @CCP: “Nightshade” by WENDY CATLING

. M.33 launched their latest publication Wendy Catling’s photobook ‘Nightshade’ on Saturday 10 September, 2022 at the Centre for Contemporary Photography Fitzroy Victoria. The book was launched by Professor Melissa Miles, Monash University Art, Design & Architecture. What follows is a compiled report about the book including its bibliographic details, images of the Launch and…

8 PHOTOBOOKS for ANZAC DAY by New Zealand or Australian Photographers

ANZAC DAY – April 25th, marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions…

Palmer+Jolly “INSTALLATION VIEW” Book Launch @ Perimeter Books HQ

On Sunday March 27, 2022 at the Perimeter HQ in Thornbury Melbourne, a group of photography enthusiasts met to witness the launch of an extensively researched publication by Daniel Palmer & Martyn Jolly entitled – Installation View: Photography Exhibitions in Australia (1848-2020). The Launch was part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair programme. Installation View offers…

Rod McNicol’s “A PORTRAIT” Book Launch @ CCP

On March 26, 2022 at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne M.33 launched the long-awaited survey publication of Rod McNicol’s portraits. Entitled aptly A PORTRAIT, the book is described in the promotional blurb as: ‘…the first comprehensive publication of Rod McNicol’s distinctive portraits, ranging from those of his peers in his first exhibition in…

2021 SELECTED ANTIPODEAN PHOTOBOOKS

Compiled by DOUG Spowart & VICTORIA Cooper This list is the third year in which we asked representatives of the Australian and New Zealand photobook discipline to nominate photobooks that were published in 2021. We have continued to use the term ‘Selected’ as this compilation does not attempt to present a definitive selection of the…

Life’s a horse race – Rennie Ellis and his photobook CUP FEVER

  “It has been called the biggest party in the world, a carnival of horseflesh, a giant picnic, a bloody circus, a soap opera, an alcoholic rort and an Australian institution…  it grabs hold of the nation like some annual affliction.”        First lines of the book essay by Rennie Ellis   For around 20…

QUEENSLAND DAY*: PHOTOBOOKS

An overview: Queensland as the subject of the photobook Within a few years of its proclamation in 1859 the state of Queensland became a focus for exploration and development, which required extensive photographic documentation. Geologist and photographer Richard Daintree was one of the first to photograph Queensland’s mining activities, agriculture, people and geological features. His…

PHOTO 2021 CHANNEL Q&A: Häggblom interviews Spowart

In 2019 Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper completed a project relating to the compilation of 52 Australian and New Zealand photobooks from the post WWII to early 2000s period for TATE Britain. The books were intended to compliment the Australian and New Zealand component of the 12.5k Martin Parr photobook collection that he was about…

FROM THE ARCHIVE: 2015 Photobook Melbourne

  ON THE EVE OF THE PHOTO2021 PHOTOBOOK WEEKEND (February 26+27) IT’S GOOD TO REFLECT ON MELBOURNE’S LAST BIG PHOTOBOOK EVENT – PHOTOBOOK MELBOURNE IN 2015 We all know that feeling when you are really getting into a book, its narrative and flow, and then you reach the point where, as the last page is…