The inaugural PHOTO BOOK MELBOURNE kicks off in a few weeks and promises to be a full-on offering for anybody who is addicted to the photobook. And plenty for those with just a passing interest as well. With exhibitions, a book fair, workshops, talks and studio visits, there is something for everybody.
Organised by Heidi Romano and Daniel Boetker-Smith, who bring to the festival a dynamic combination of curatorial, educational and artist based skills.
They describe the festival as: A contemporary photobook festival... a the product of observation, conversation and collaboration.
With a deep passion for photography, typography and the printed book, we have curated a festival to engage, challenge and educate a photographic audience. A festival to exchange views on experimentation, curation and collaboration. Research through process and practice.
Photobook Melbourne is an artist-run, not for profit organization dedicated to creating a platform for experimental and innovative artistic photography and book making practices. A platform for artists, bookmakers and book lovers to discuss, examine and appreciate marvellous imagery and outstanding storytelling.
We will bring together expertise and insight directly from the world’s greatest photographers, graphic designers, curators, publishers & printers. Our aim is to share their knowledge with professional photographers, passionate amateurs and the inquisitive book lover. Initiating conversations about the nature of self publishing, form and function, practice and process.
On Monday February 16 at 6.00pm at the Photography Studies College I will lead a 60 mins discussion on how local photographers can publish a photo book for international distribution. The discussion will touch on different publishing models, what sells and doesn’t, who collects and reviews them, what makes them successful and new opportunities.
Panelists include Stephen Dupont, Ingvar Kenne, Louise Hawson, Dan Rule of Perimeter Books, Angel Luis Gonzalez of Photo Ireland, Paulina de Laveaux of Thames & Hudson.
You can see more including the full programme HERE.