Here’s the latest update from Photobook New Zealand as they progress toward their inaugural event in Wellington from 11 – 13 March 2016:
Spaces at the book fair are nearly full with a great range of independent photographers, distributors and small presses. Among the many books we’re looking forward to is Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation published by Victoria University Press in association with Baker + Douglas – look out for it at the Baker + Douglas table.
Special photobook exhibitions
As well as a special display of books from the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive and Shelley Jacobson’s Open Book exhibition, we’re pleased to be showing photobooks from Mexico.
The Mexican photobook collection presents a range of vibrant contemporary publications, featuring some of the most renowned photographers in Mexico. The collection is an initiative of Ana Paula Estrada, a Mexican photographer who lives and works in Brisbane.
Mexican photobook: Mariela Sancar, Moises, Publisher: La Fábrica/Hydra, México, 2015
Our programme should be available online around the end of January. In the meantime, here’s some new items.
On Sunday 13 March, there are two exciting panel discussions:
Getting your photobook into the world 9. 30– 10.30am
What does it take to give your photobook legs? As the world of photobooks expands, so do the strategies for distribution. This panel brings together three outstanding practitioners who are working hard to shift books locally and internationally.
Harvey Benge – Internationally published photobook author
Bruce Connew – Social and political documentary photographer and bookmaker
Anita Tótha – Director of Remote Photobooks, NZ photobook distributors
Chair: David Cook – photographer, bookmaker, Massey University lecturer
Designing the perfect Photobook 12.15 – 1.15pm
How do designers and photographers work together to make strong photobooks? Three of New Zealand’s leading photobook designers (with enough awards between them to sink a flotilla) discuss the language of the photobook, materiality and the emergent e-book.
Catherine Griffiths – Independent designer and typographer
Neil Pardington – Photographer and Base Two creative director
Jonty Valentine – Graphic designer and co-producer of The National Grid
Chair – Libby Jeffery, Marketing Manager, Momento Pro
Combined with photobooks from our book fair of independent photographers, distributors and small presses, there’s going to be so much interesting work see – can’t wait to see you there!
The expert photography, publishing, design panel for the New Zealand Photobook of the Year has now been announced. The panel is:
Harvey Benge, photographer, publisher
Paul McNamara, Director of McNamara Gallery Photography
Geoffrey H Short, Director PhotoForum NZ
Anna Brown, Director of Open Lab, Massey University.
There’s cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500 to be won across in three categories:
Self published Photobook of the Year
Trade published Photobook of the Year
People’s choice Photobook of the Year
Entry is free and for those printing their entry with Momento Pro there’s a 40% discount on book prints
Entries close 8 Feb 2016.
All you need is a print photobook published in the last two years …
Book your space at Photobook New Zealand
One of the highlights of Photobook New Zealand will be the bookfair, starting at the launch party on Friday 11 March 2016 and continuing on Saturday 12 March.
The book fair is a great opportunity to showcase your publications – print or electronic – to a wide range of interested people, make sales and network with others. We want to show a wide range of excellent, innovative New Zealand and international photobook publishing, and welcome bookings and inquiries.
To answer a question we were asked recently – it’s also fine to book a space just to show your work, rather than sell it.
There are flexible options for configuring spaces and we’ve done our best to keep prices affordable.
Bookings close on 14 February 2016 or when all spaces are booked. Spaces are filling, so don’t delay.
The Photobook New Zealand team was delighted to learn that we’ve received a Creative New Zealand grant for our event. Combined with our generous sponsorship from Momento Pro and funding from our wonderful Boosted supporters, we have the budget to realise New Zealand’s first Photobook event as we intend it. We’re looking forward to sharing the awards, the bookfair and the great programme of speakers and panels with you, and others interested in the arts.
If you know anyone or any organisation who’d be interested in entering the awards, being part of the book fair or just coming to the event, please share this information.
Momento Pro is the sponsor of the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards and Photobook New Zealand
Jocelyn Carlin’s new book ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ was launched last Thursday (3rd Dec. 2015). It has been selected as the PhotoForum subscriber publication for the 2016-17 year, but if you plan to join or re-join next year, and would like to get your copy of Jocelyn’s excellent book this month, you are welcome to subscribe early. The new standard subscription rate for 2016-17 is NZ$85.00, for which you will receive ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ and two issues of PhotoForum MoMento magazine. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to take up this offer.
Photo book launch
5:30 pm ~ 7:30 pm
11:00 am ~ 2:00 pm
For the first time, the Photo Media Department of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design has placed emphasis on the photo book format within their curriculum. Year 3 Photo Media students will present their own photo books at the inaugural end-of-year book event launching on 13th November 2015 and running over two days.
The work will also be on display on Saturday 14 November, accompanied by a talk from Anita Tótha (Founder of Photobook Club Auckland and Remote Photobooks) and includes a screening of the short film documentary ‘Pictures on Paper: Photobooks in New Zealand’ (produced by Tangent Photography Collective).
The film profiles both established and emerging artists and photobook makers such as Ann Shelton, David Cook, Solomon Mortimer, and Shelley Jacobson and delivers a lively insight into the current photo book phenomenon.
The Year 3 photobook launch is on Friday 13 November from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.
The talk and screening takes place Saturday 14 November from 11am – 2pm.
11:15am Artists’ Talk with Anita Totha, Founder of Remote Photobooks and Photobook Club Auckland
11:45am Screening of ‘Pictures on Paper-Photobooks in New Zealand’ documentary film produced by Tangent Photography Collective (30 minutes)
All events will be held at the Whitecliffe campus located at 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Level 5 – Lecture Hall.
All are welcome to attend!
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Bruce Connew’s latest photobook, ‘Body of Work’, launches with a few others, Thursday, 12 November, 16-19h, at Le Bal, Paris, during Paris Photo 2015 .. as well, he signs the following day, 16.30h, at Polycopies, the very busy off-Paris Photo photobook fair aboard the Concorde Atlantique on the Seine.
‘Body of Work’ is available, at a pre-launch price, on Bruce’s website: http://www.bruceconnew.com/books/ until midnight GMT, 11 November 2015.
Instagram and Twitter: @bruceconnew
NEW ZEALAND PHOTO BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2015 OPEN FOR ENTRIES
The inaugural New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards 2015 are now open for entries until
8 February 2016. Presented by Photobook New Zealand and Momento Pro, the Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in photo book creation, and provide the opportunity to showcase the work of New Zealand photo artists to a growing local and international audience.
The $10,500 in prizes is designed to help photographers produce and promote their publication.
Self Published Prize: $2,000 cash + $5,000 Momento Pro printing
Trade Published Prize: $1,000 cash + $2,000 Momento Pro printing
People’s Choice Prize: $500 Momento Pro printing
Books can be made via any means or print service but they must focus on photographic content in a visual narrative. The entrant must be the photographer, designer or publisher of the book,and only New Zealand citizens, permanent residents or registered companies are eligible to enter. Entrants must register online and submit a physical book, into one or both categories:
Self Published Photobooks: Published by the creator, includes Dummy books
Published Photobooks: Published by an Independent or Trade Publisher
Judging Chair, David Cook, a founding member of Photobook New Zealand, will lead a panel of design and publishing experts as they assess the books’ excellence in photography, layout, format and audience suitability. “The New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards is an important vehicle to promote the work of local artists, and to connect them with the growing international community of photobook makers, festivals, fairs and awards,” says Cook.
Entry to the Awards is free, and submissions close on Monday, 8 February 2016. Winners will be announced at the opening night celebrations of Photobook New Zealand on 11 March 2016. Full details and all Terms and Conditions are available at www.photobookoftheyear.co.nz.
Momento Pro Pty Ltd was the first photobook company to produce premium on-demand photo books and custom stationery for the Australian and New Zealand market.
More at www.momentopro.co.nz
Photobook New Zealand is the inaugural event for photography book creators in New Zealand in Wellington from 11-13 March 2016. More at photoforum-nz.org/photobooknz
Media Contact: Libby Jeffery, +61 2 8568 302, email@example.com