EXHIBITION, WORKSHOP & TALKS
August 2nd – September 4th, 2018, The Middle of Somewhere is being exhibited at Centro Cultural el mas acá, Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of Festival de la Luz, the biggest event of its kind in Latin America, with exhibitions of national and foreign artists in museums, cultural centers, and art spaces across Argentina.
WORKSHOP: The Photobook Process – Case Study: ‘The Middle of Somewhere’
ESCUELA ARGENTINA DE FOTOGRAFIA
It was a pleasure to be hosted by Escuela Argentina de Fotografia. My workshop was about the process of making photobooks, dummies, edit books and journals. Including a deconstruction of the 9 months process of making The Middle of Somewhere. It’s very rewarding when the students are so engaged and enthusiastic. Thanks for having me!
TALKS: From London to the Bush
In conjunction with my exhibition and workshop i also gave two talks. Firstly ‘From London to the Bush’ looking at my life journey and career in photography at Centro Cultural el mas acá. Secondly, Professor Jose Nuno of the National University of Tucumán, invited me to talk with his 2nd year degree students about my career experiences and working process.
Prof. Jose Nuno of National University of Tucumán introducing me to his 2nd year degree students
The Middle of Somewhere will be exhibited at Festival de la Luz, Argentina.The Encuentros Abiertos – Festival de la Luz is the biggest event of its kind in Latin America, with exhibitions of national and foreign artists in museums, cultural centers, and art spaces across Argentina.
I will also be presenting ‘The Photobook Process’ at the EAF Argentina School of Photography,
and delivering my talk ‘From London to the Bush’ at Centro Cultural mas acá, 4th August, 18:00hrs.
My trip to Argentina is made possible with the support of the Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Come along to this educational talk from professional photographer Sam Harris. Hear about his journey from living his dream to become a professional photographer in the fast paced lifestyle of Central London’s music scene. At the height of his career he then took his family away from London to the Australian bush to recapture his passion for photography. This journey was recorded and turned into an award winning book – The Middle of Somewhere.
The Middle of Somewhere was a finalist at the POYi Awards for Best Photography Book, won the Australian Photobook of the Year 2015 People’s Choice Award, won the AIPP Book of the Year 2016, was a finalist at Les Rencontres d’Arles Book Award 2015 and at GuatePhoto Festival, Photo Espana, Athens Photo Festival, and Ceiba won the LUCIE Award for book publisher of the year 2015!
Sam’s journey, the equipment he used, how he met his clients, curated his award winning book, all will be revealed in this inspirational talk, aptly named from London to the Bush.
SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018 6-8PM.
Shoot Photography Workshop,
232 Stirling St, Perth
FAEMA is a historical brand operating in the world of professional coffee machines. To celebrate their 70th anniversary eight photographers from around the world were commissioned to interpret the FAEMA brand and to celebrate the global presence and appreciation of the great Italian espresso tradition.
I was asked to go to Sydney and with the help of Vittoria coffee, photograph Australian coffee culture; from hipster cafes to 5 star hotels and restaurants. The resulting images were part of the exhibition ‘Express your Art‘ at the MUMAC (Museum of the coffee machine) Milan, Italy.
The project was art directed by the Eyesopen! who chose photographers with different traits and styles. The eight chosen photographers came from several countries around the world – diversity was key.
“It’s hard to make a corporate project artistic,” – “But we managed to do so just because the images spoke volumes. For example, Sam Harris chose the endless sea in Australia as the backdrop for almost dreamlike compositions that conjure up universal images. In his intimate style, when capturing personal family moments he let himself be inspired by the colours and sensations that the locations evoked within him, thus transporting us as observers there too.” Barbara Silbe, Eyesopen!
You can go on a virtual tour of the exhibition here, and read more about the project and photographers here.
10 – 17 March 2018
It is often overlooked just how many ‘ingredients’ go into making an exceptional photobook, one that you can become immersed in, touched by, moved and inspired by. It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to invite a few photographers to my home in the forest of Western Australia and share my experience and passion for all things photobook.
Together, we’ll go down the rabbit hole and take an in-depth look into the process of planning, making and promoting a photobook.
“There is a sense of holding something precious in your hands… this is a unique and special book” Daniel Boetker-Smith on The Middle of Somewhere – Photo-eye Book of the Week.
Some of what we will cover:
- Introduction to the world of photobooks – we will explore a wide range of great photobooks and discuss WHY and HOW they work
- The value of making book dummies and why they are essential to the process of arriving at a mature book (with numerous examples)
- Presentation /Q&A with my collaborator & publisher Eva Maria Kunz from Ceiba Editions.
- The power and the poetry of sequencing
- Case Study: The making of The Middle of Somewhere deconstructed; concept & design, creating a cover, choosing the right paper, proofs and printing, binding, inserts & gatefolds, hand made elements, graphics & typography, layout, size, editing & sequencing
- Why weight and size matter
- Look at your work as a group and discuss; I will offer advice and suggestions – group brainstorm
- One-on-one sessions – I’ll assist you to edit your past or current work and help you in moving forward
- Reflection on and development of your book concept
- Creating a tester / basic book dummy
- Learning to listen to your authentic voice and why it’s your most valuable asset
- Day trip to the coast, BBQs & Sundowners…
- Evening photography movies & slideshows projected outdoors, under the stars
While most workshops run on an intense schedule, which can become overwhelming, it’s my intention to factor in downtime to reflect, percolate ideas, time for informal but equally creative discussions, walks in the forest, pour over photobooks from my library or simply hang by the dam with a cold beer and take in the beautiful surroundings… making this more of a creative retreat than a traditional workshop.
This 7 days (8 nights) retreat is limited to only 4 photographers. A portfolio submission is required along with a Skype interview.
A small sample of the books we’ll be exploring over the week
DATES: start 10th March 2018, 5pm. Checkout 18th March by 11am.
LOCATION: Balingup, Western Australia, 6253
FEE: AUD $1800 (approx US $1400) – includes: 8 nights accommodation, 7 days and most meals
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