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Talking Culture Symposium - Photobook Stories


Sat 30 May 2015, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: elainephotofestival

The history of what has come to be known as the "photobook" dates back to the mid 19th C, almost as far back as the time of the official invention of photography itself by Daguerre. “The Pencil of Nature" (1844-46) was a manifesto on the calotype photographic process published by photography’s other pioneer, Henry Fox Talbot. Since then photography has been displayed and disseminated through the printed page, the system of fine art photographic prints on the gallery wall being a later display method. Recently there has been a upsurge in the presence of the photobook, driven by the development of new printing technologies allowing for the publication of smaller numbers
of editions and the rise of the internet allowing self-publishing, distribution and sales as well as mounting interest through photobook fairs and festivals and the publication of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s three volume “The Photobook: A History" Today's speakers will discuss the current rise of the photobook in the local and international photography scene.

11.15am: Anita Tótha:Photobooks in New Zealand. The recent "trend" of photobooks and self-publishing has impacted the international pho- tography world in an enormous way. Anita Totha will talk about Photobook Auckland, photobooks in New Zealand, her latest venture Remote Photobooks and more. She is founder of Photobook Club Auckland, Remote Photobooks and co- founder of Tangent Photography Collective.

12.15pm: Dr Doug Spowart: Encountering a Photobook. In the last 12 months, Doug Spowart would have looked at 5,000 photobooks as a research fellow at the State Library of Queensland, as a judge of photobook awards, as an attendee and presenter at the recent Photobook Melbourne, as a photobook PhD and as a rationalisation of his own extensive photobook library. As a maker, col- lector and reader Doug Spowart’s presentation will be a blend of both the history and the contemporary development of the photobook. From his posi- tion he will discuss the photobook as a creative device for storytelling and how it contributes to the reader’s encounter of the book.

1.45pm: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas,Chief Curator, Kaunas Photo Festival will talk about Lithuania’s place as a boiling pot of lens based art and Europe's "Hong Kong of book publishing". While still behind the iron curtain in the 1960’s, the "Lithuanian School of Photography", a movement borne of a society of art photographers, emerged and inspired the appearance of art galleries and regular photographic publishing projects. Since 1990, in the re-established independent Lithuania, the trend of publishing in photography has boomed through a strong and vibrant photographic community and state of the art printing industry and the artistic variety and technical quality of Lithuanian books have increasingly made the top of photobook lists worldwide.

3pm: Momento Pro Panel: Momento Pro founder Libby Jeffery will lead a discussion including Anita Totha, Doug Spowart and Mindaugas Kavaliauskas and an expert creator, designer, distributor, retailer and academic from the photobook industry to uncover the issues and opportunities that exist for self-publishers in 2015.

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