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.