Category Archives: Photobook

BITUME PHOTOFEST

It was a real treat to be invited to Lecce in southern Italy for Bitume Photofest, where I exhibited ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ and ran a workshop.

The drive from the airport set the scene nicely, olive trees as far as the eye could see, deep blue sky and the hot, sweet scented Mediterranean air…

Arriving in Lecce was impressive; nicknamed “The Florence of the South” due to the large amount of Baroque architecture spread across the city, it made for a wonderful and very unique location for a photography festival.

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exhibited in the charming Corte dei Mesagnesi

 

One very nice aspect of Bitume Photofest was no doubt the great use of outdoor installations, all in extremely impressive historical locations, allowing for the public to engage with the work whilst immersing themselves in the relaxed splendor of Lecce. Where most festivals are over saturated with content, I  really enjoyed the intimacy of Bitume, allowing for meaningful exchanges with some special people and the time to actually absorb and engage with the work on show.

Lost in the Wilderness by Kalpesh Lathigra

Kalpesh’s ‘Lost in the Wilderness’ investigates what remains of the Lakota Sioux Indians at Pine Ridge, an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

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Kalpesh Lathigra with a couple of images from his ‘Lost in the Wilderness’ at Plazzo dei Celestini


Check out the book ‘Lost in the Wilderness’ here

 

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Details from (left) Lost in The Wildreness by Kalpesh Lathigra & ‘For Birds Sake’ by Cemre Yesil & Maria Sturm (right)

For Birds Sake by Cemre Yesil & Maria Sturm

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Cemre Yesil with her exhibition ‘For Birds’ Sake’ (detail) in Piazza Saint Oronzo

Yesil & Sturm‘s ‘For Birds’ Sake’ explores the secretive world of the ‘Birdmen’ of Istanbul. Goldfinches are illegally captured from the wild and kept in small cages, nurtured, worshiped and entered into singing competitions.

Check out the book ‘For Birds’ Sake’ here.

BOOK FAIR:  Bitume Photobook – Manifatture Knos

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Situated in a reclaimed industrial space, Bitume Photobook provided a vibrant exhibition-market with some Italian and international independent publishers and several book presentations.

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Opening of ‘Greetings from Salento’ – Group Show at LO.FT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO.FT gallery hosted the group show ‘Greetings from Salento’, In August 2015, Positivo Diretto invited seven photographers from Italy, Greece and Germany to take part in a residency program. The ten day residency offered an opportunity to see and discover the fourteen municipalities involved.

Humanae by Angelica Dass

Beatrice with Beatrice…

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Beatrice from Bitume Photofest poses next to her portrait by Angelica Dass for ‘Humanae’.

I had the pleasure of meeting and being photographed by Angelica Dass (for her Humanae project) last year at Delhi Photo Festival, so it was great to see her work being exhibited at Bitume.  Angelica had a residency in Gibellina, Sicily as part of Urban Layers Residency Program, Spring 2016.

Humanae is an ongoing project that intends to create a catalogue of different skin colours. Adopting the codes of the PANTONE guide, whose range of colours invites viewers to reflect on the ambiguity of the word “identity,” when it is used in the sense of equality.

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

The Middle of Somewhere awarded the 2016 AIPP             …  Australian Photography Book Award.

Thank you AIPP! It’s great to see photobooks and the photobook community evolving in Australia and that Australian Photobooks are being recognised at home and internationally. There’s a lot happening with photobooks at the moment,  it’s an exciting time, so I’m over the moon that ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ has received this award! A heartfelt  thanks to everyone involved.

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POYi Best Photography Book – FINALIST

POYi TMoSIt was a total surprise and a huge honour to have my book The Middle of Somewhere selected as a finalist at the prestigious Pictures Of the Year International 73. POYi has been around for quite some time and firmly established as one of the worlds leading photographic awards. POYi also run seminars and workshops and are increasingly becoming a center for research, discussion and education.

 

AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR

Aus Photobook of the Year Awards

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I’m feeling blessed and most grateful. The Middle of Somewhere has won ‘Australian Photobook of the Year – Peoples Choice Award2015, so special to receive this. Thanks to everyone who voted and to Momento Pro & PHOTOBOOK MELBOURNE – it’s wonderful to know that the public enjoyed my book.

 

INTERVIEW ON MAKING PHOTOBOOKS

the momentum 1To coincide with winning Australian Photobook of the Year 2015 – The People’s Choice Award, i spoke with the award sponsors Momento Pro about making photobooks; We discussed editing, design and layout, the differences between trade publishing and self-publishing, distribution, promotion, the importance of making dummies and photo festivals around the world.

You can watch it here.

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BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY – BOOK REVIEW

Raj Lalwani reviews The Middle of Somewhere for Better Photography Magazine, India.

“This is a photobook that consistently leaves you surprised. Considering that the subject matter itself is rather limited in its range, this is an astounding feat.”

TMoS Raj review better photographyYou can read the full review here

BIRTH OF A PHOTOBOOK!!

Creating a Photobook (Part 2)

Well… after a very long and sometimes painful labour we are delighted, deliriously excited, most honoured and grateful to announce the birth of our 1 pound and 12 ounces baby… It’s a book!

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The Middle of Somewhere, Numbered edition of 600. Essay by Alasdair Foster, two inserts; Travelogue & No Yesterdays (from Yael’s diary) , hand made notes. Cover art by Uma Harris

 The Middle of Somewhere has been a long journey, an on-going family diary that revolves around my two daughters growing up.

It’s been 12 years since we were first living in India and i begun to photograph my family life. I suppose i became enchanted with the magic of childhood and the playful, creative possibilities that open up. I wanted to forget so much that had become formulaic about the way i approached photography. After more than a decade working in London, shooting album covers and editorial portraits, one develops a way of working. I wanted to undo all that, to forget what i knew, reconnect with my true self and start all over. So… i suppose it’s fitting that i found myself connecting with my childhood through the prism of my daughters. That they became my muses and my work began to crystallise.

It’s been a personal and photographic journey into the unknown, a personal diary, watching my daughters’ childhood unfold, trying as best i can to catch the magic and all the while aware that time is slipping.

ONE IDEA LEADS TO ANOTHER…

Originally we had a very different idea for the cover of the book. Part of the magic of any creative process is its evolution. Being flexible and open minded helps the process grow. It was an exciting moment when we decided to ask Uma to do the art work for the cover, based on another piece of art she’d made for us. Below you can see a brief clip of Uma at work.

IT’S ALL PART OF THE PROCESS

I’ve been talking with Eva-Maria Kunz about making this book for a few years now. Making a photobook is not something to be rushed. Ideas need time to grow. Some grow nicely, others fail. It’s all part of the process. Bouncing ideas… In earnest we began work on the book in September 2014. We met up at The Photobook Museum, Cologne, to start planning a schedule as well as mapping out our ideas and dreams, the vision for the book. You can read more about that here.

Fast Forward to April 2015, it’s time to print the book! Another long flight to Italy, to EBS, (the master book printers that will help us ‘deliver’ this baby…) It’s a trip that can’t be avoided. The photographer has to check the proofs and work closely with the printers to ensure the images look just right. .

PICTURE THE SCENE, THE LABOUR’S BEEN GOING FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS…

I’ve been pacing up and down the corridor, in and out of every chair in the waiting room. Anxiety turns to frustration to boredom as you wait for nurse Silvia to pop her head in the door and say ‘ok they want you down on press’ – meanwhile your fingers are chewed down to the bone as you wait …. Soon … Come on…. What’s taking them so long… The afternoon drifts towards the evening… How many coffees have I had today…. and so it goes…

Pre-Sales for The Middle of Somewhere have begun over at ceiba. This really is all about the love we have for photobooks. Making the book has been a real labour of love, a roller-coaster ride that’s not quite over yet!

BOOK PREVIEW COMING SOON!