Photobook New Zealand announce three new speakers

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In addition to our two keynote speakers, Ying Ang and Ron Brownson, announced earlier – here are three more exciting people who will be presenting at Photobook New Zealand.

Anita Totha at bookfair

Anita Tótha

Auckland-based Tangent Photography Collective (Becky Nunes & Anita Tótha) will screen and discuss their short documentary film Pictures on Paper – Photobooks in New Zealand. The film foregrounds the now; a slice of contemporary book making in the early 21st century. Haruhiko Sameshima, Harvey Benge, Ann Shelton, David Cook, Solomon Mortimer and Shelley Jacobson are some of the important lens-based artists working in the medium today. (running time – 30 min).

Anita Tótha is an American-Hungarian photographer, curator and writer originally from New York. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she majored in photography and completed a mentorship opportunity with photographer Stephen Shore. Prior to graduation, she also completed internships with artist/photographer Simen Johan and the Yossi Milo Gallery. For the next four years, she worked at the gallery, gaining experience in gallery business, curation, and exhibitions.

Anita is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand and is co-founder of  Tangent NZ, a New Zealand photography collective and founder of Remote Photobooks, an initiative for the international distribution of select New Zealand photobooks. She also runs the Auckland branch of  The Photobook Club and is on the advisory panel of the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive in Melbourne. Anita has contributed photography writings to Feature Shoot (USA), Light Journeys (AUS), ProPhotographer Magazine (NZ) and D-Photo Magazine (NZ). She has also lectured on photography and photobooks at the State University of  New York (Rockland), Unitec (NZ) and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design (NZ).



Daniel Boetker-Smith

Daniel Boetker-Smith

The Director of Melbourne’s Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, Daniel Boetker-Smith, will talk about this unique collection of photobooks. The Archive now stands at nearly 1000 books, and Daniel will be bringing over a broad collection from all parts of the Asia-Pacific region, most never seen before in NZ.The Archive is the only collection of its type in the world. Daniel will talk specifically about the recent emergence and development of the photobook in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on a number of collectives and organisations making a mark internationally. Daniel will also discuss opportunities and methods of getting your photobook out into the world.

Daniel Boetker-Smith is the Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to collecting, sharing and promoting photobooks from this region. The Archive has exhibited at events and workshops in Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Denmark, Ireland, USA and the UK, and attends a number of festivals each year, sharing its collection with the widest possible audience. The Archive also recently ran the Asia-Pacific Photobook Prize, the winner Zoe Croggon’s book ‘Arc’ was released in September 2015. Daniel is also the Course Director at Photography Studies College, Melbourne, and one of the founders of the Photobook Melbourne Festival held in February 2015. He has been a judge for the Prix Picket Prize, the Kassel Photobook Prize, and regularly writes for a number of online and in-print publications on photobooks – Photoeye, VOP, Paper Journal, Vault Magazine, & Photofile.

Daniel Boetker-Smith images



Tim J Veling

Tim J Veling

Noted Christchurch photographer Tim J. Veling will talk about his photography and book making practice, highlighting his autobiographical bodies of work Pre-marital Bliss, D, P, O (Dad, Pete, Opa), and Red Bus Diary. By discussing these bodies of work in context with other work made in pre and post-quake Christchurch, Tim will emphasise his interest in the psychological and social-political landscape, as related to concepts of home, belonging, place and time.

Tim J. Veling’s practice explores the psychological landscape and social-political environment through eloquently conceived images of the physical world. His work is a subtly evocative blending of the genres of fine art and documentary photography. He is currently engaged in the production of several bodies of work documenting the aftermath of Christchurch’s devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Tim prefers to engage in long-term, personal projects with emphasis on the production of short run, artist books. Such books include Pre-marital Bliss (exhibited as part of the 4th International Fotobook Festival Dummy Award, 2011,) Red Bus Diary (published by Hazard Press and University of Canterbury,) and Orientation (Al-les Press.)

He has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally and lectures in photography at the Ilam School of Fine Art, University of Canterbury and is a key contributor to and administrator of Place in Time: The Christchurch Documentary Project.

Tim J Veling DPO images

Images above: Tim J Veling, from the series D,P,O (Dad, Pete, Opa)


Stay tuned for even more announcements about panels and special events…

Mary Macpherson


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