January 18th, 2016
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!
December 15th, 2015
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
December 5th, 2015
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.
November 3rd, 2015
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
October 19th, 2015
Hello everyone, we’re delighted to release the first of the keynote speakers for the Photobook New Zealand 2016.
Melbourne/New York based Ying Ang’s first major monograph Gold Coast won the New York Photo Festival and Encontros Da Imagem book prize for 2014 and was a finalist for 2015 Australian Photobook of the Year. Gold Coast was also listed by Flak Photo, Lensculture, Voices of Photography, Mark Power / Magnum Photos, Asia Pacific Photobook Archive and Self Publish Be Happy in their top photobooks of 2014. She’s currently a part of the teaching faculty at The International Centre of Photography in New York and the Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia.
About Gold Coast, Ying writes: “Once labelled as the tourist capital and now declared as the crime capital of Australia, this is a tale of a place that laid the flawed foundation of its character upon a mirage of tranquillity. It is about the price of those swimming pools and sun drenched afternoons. It is about our perceptions of safety and danger within the architecture of our built environment. It is about real estate and the beautiful lie sold and bought here every day.”
At Photobook New Zealand, Ying will cover all aspects of the making of Gold Coast, from the reasons that she made the first pictures, her legal and ethical obligations, her design and printing choices and how she tackled the leviathan of distribution. She will talk about the actual project itself and what it means on a personal level as well as a social level – and more.
Ron will take us on a fascinating tour across New Zealand photobook publishing in his presentation –
“New Zealand Photobooks – From Daniel Louis Mundy’s Rotomahana to Harvey Benge’s Le Flâneur”
Ron writes: “Illustrated books have a long history in New Zealand. Daniel Louis Mundy made the first book with images, Harvey Benge now makes a number of books every year. The diversity and intention of local photo-books attests to the vitality of the medium”.
Ron Brownson is the Senior Curator of New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. He’s worked as a professional curator for 35 years and is well-known as an international expert on the history of New Zealand and Pacific art.
September 21st, 2015
Collective Passion – Singular Visions
PhotoForum – A New Zealand Legacy
19 – 25 September 2015
Pingyao International Photography Festival
Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China
Curator: Nina Seja.
Exhibition coordinator: Ian Macdonald.
An exhibition of over 70 digitally presented images selected from the History in the Taking exhibition and PhotoForum at 40 book, offering the largest photography festival in China an insight in to the influence of PhotoForum on the photographic cultural landscaper of New Zealand over the last four decades.
Update 18/10/15: View a selection of images from the 2015 Pingyao International Photography Festival at PhotoForum’s facebook Pingyao 2015 album.
June 5th, 2015
Some Australian Photographs
12 June – July – 28 August* 2015
Reception 5.30pm Friday 12 June
The fifteen photographs in this exhibition have been selected on particular aesthetic, as distinct from curatorial, concerns. It is anticipated that they will reveal some distinctive aspects of recent Australian practice.
McNAMARA GALLERY Photography Ltd
190 Wicksteed St. WHANGANUI 4500
Tuesday / Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 3 [often open to 6] or by appointment
* Please check website INFORMATION page for occasional closed days due to travel commitments
06 348 7320 / 027 249 8059 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortlisted along with books by Allen Curnow, Dennis McEldowney, Margaret Mahy (with Jill McDonald), and Gordon H Brown, Gregory O’Brien give the thumbs up to Haru Sameshima’s Bold Centuries in his list of five New Zealand classic books worthy of more attention.
‘Bold Centuries (2009) by photographer Haruhiko Sameshima, O’Brien wrote on ‘Unbound’, the New Zealand Book Council’s web page, ‘ is a thought-provoking, fascinating, exemplary publication. Fizzing with visual and intellectual energy, the book asks all sorts of questions while offering all sorts of pleasures to the committed viewer/reader. It is a notable highpoint in Sameshima’s audacious, uncompromising project as both a photographer and the publisher of Rim Books.’
Bold Centuries: A Photographic History Album, was published by the photographer himself, with assistance from Creative New Zealand and also PhotoForum.
As Andy Palmer wrote, ‘Bold Centuries is not merely an artist survey book, nor just a collection of loosely related images; it is a curated exhibition placing the artist in context with his forebears and his contemporaries.’
This remarkable book, packed with a huge variety of images relating to ecotourism, the subject of Sameshima’s university study, also included essays by Kyra Macfarlane, Ingrid Horrocks, John Wilson, Tim Corbalis, Aaron Lister, Damian Skinner, Fiona Amundsen and Claudia Bell.
A pdf showing a few pages from the 196 page book can be seen here.
Copies are still available from Rim Books, www.rimbooks.com at $60 plus post and packaging in NZ.
February 20th, 2015
Survey Update: 15 February 2015
The PhotoForum website survey is now closed and a huge thank-you to everyone who completed it. We got a great response rate, including 37% from the PhotoForum mailing list, plus a significant number from the wider arts community. This solid response and the many useful comments and suggestions mean that we can be confident of where to put our efforts in the website renewal.
A quick results headline shows that:
- The majority who completed the survey were PhotoForum current or past members, but pleasingly there were also a good number of people from the wider arts community.
- The large majority of you get news about PhotoForum from our newsletter, with the website and Facebook in second equal place. People get their news about photography generally from a huge array of mostly online sources, mixed with friends, groups and magazines.
- In terms of suggested improvements for the site, calls for better design ranked high, better integration between the web and social media, better display of images and use/curation of portfolios. There were also many suggestions for improved content.
- The top new features that people most wanted were:
- News about the latest photography exhibitions, events and opportunities
- Reviews and critical commentary of NZ photography books/shows/art fairs
- Interviews with significant NZ photographers
- Reviews of international photography books/shows/art fairs
- Over 70 people offered to provide content for the new site
- Over 85% of people want MoMento to remain as a paper-based magazine, but there was acknowledgement of the greater reach of an online resource. There are also many useful comments about MoMento for us to study
- Nearly 90% of respondents thought the new PhotoForum site should be ‘A leading resource about New Zealand art photography.’
There is much for us to analyse in the survey results and our volunteer committee will be working steadily on the project in the coming months and will give you more updates as progress is made.
Thank you all again for this fantastic response – we are really looking forward to building the new, updated and upgraded PhotoForum website.
Geoffrey H. Short
Director, PhotoForum Inc.
Our congratulations to Mark Berger (Wellington)
Survey prize draw winner of a year’s free membership of PhotoForum
Initial Survey communication: 27 January 2015:
PhotoForum’s website began in 1996 has been going in its current form for about seven years – it’s now time for a major upgrade.
We want to revitalise the PhotoForum website and make it a dynamic engaging site that photographers and the wider arts community visit regularly.
We’ve got some ideas for exciting new content and features, but we’d love your help to identify what would be most relevant to you as a photographer or an arts practitioner. We’re also looking for people to contribute interesting new content to the site.
Please help us by completing this brief online survey. [ https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PhotoForum-NZ ]
Everyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to go into a draw to win a year’s free membership of PhotoForum (for an existing member this would apply to next year’s membership).
We value your response and will keep you updated on progress with the site upgrade. Please forward the survey to anyone else you think would be interested.
The deadline for responses is Thursday 5 February 2015.
Geoffrey H. Short
Director, PhotoForum Inc.
City Gallery Wellington announces upcoming exhibition: ‘History in the Taking – 40 Years of PhotoForum’
January 14th, 2015
John Miller Police Arson Enquiries, Wellington 1972.
History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum
14 March – 14 June 2015
3 May 2015, 2pm
John B. Turner, co-founder of PhotoForum, speaks with Luit Bieringa about events leading up to the foundation of PhotoForum and the beginnings of PhotoForum Wellington, from 1965-1975. Followed by a signing of Turner’s latest book, Te Atatu Me: Photographs of an Urban New Zealand Village. Event info here.
28 March 2015, 2pm
Geoffrey H. Short, director of PhotoForum, is joined by Nina Seja, author of PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters and Debate in New Zealand to discuss 40 years of art photography in New Zealand. Event info here.
City Gallery Wellington
101 Wakefield St
Hours: open daily 10am – 5pm
In 2014, Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery presented the exhibition History in the Taking to celebrate PhotoForum’s 40th anniversary. City Gallery is pleased to be showing the exhibition in Wellington. Featuring around 150 photographs, the show traces the development of art photography in New Zealand. All the images featured in PhotoForum publications, and many have become iconic. Stars like Robin Morrison, Peter Peryer, Anne Noble, Laurence Aberhart, Fiona Clark and Peter Black feature alongside equally remarkable but now-neglected figures. The show also includes publications, posters and other memorabilia.
These days, in New Zealand, photography is accepted as an art form, but it wasn’t always the case. In 1973, John Turner and others founded PhotoForum to lead the charge. Over the years, this grass-roots organisation has promoted photography through exhibitions and publications, particularly its magazine. Within the photography community, PhotoForum was also the catalyst for debates within photography, about the virtues of different approaches and individuals. A product of the 1970s, PhotoForum saw the medium as entangled with counterculture lifestyles and protest movements. The show offers not only a history of New Zealand photography but also a slice of New Zealand social history. It is accompanied by Nina Seja’s comprehensive history PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand.
History in the Taking has been toured by PhotoForum. Thanks also to the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland.
Interview with John B. Turner, PhotoForum Co-Founder
Interview with Photographer Lucien Rizos
Capture Wellington – PhotoForum Instagram competition
Behind the Scenes with Pauline Autet – Curatorial Assistant & Researcher, City Gallery Wellington