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.
It 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.
Photo-Eye, the renowned US photobook store and blog recently featured The Middle of Somewhere as it’s book of the week with a lovely review by Daniel Boetker-Smith (Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive).
“I was asked by someone yesterday to describe Harris’ book in one sentence, I said without thinking: ‘it’s like looking at a Super-8 film in book form.’ This is a unique and special book.”
spread from ‘The Middle of Somewhere’
I’m feeling blessed and most grateful. The Middle of Somewhere has won ‘Australian Photobook of the Year – Peoples Choice Award‘ 2015, 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.
To 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.
It’s always nice to go back to Auckland where i was invited to attended the Auckland Festival of Photography in June..
It was an action packed week for me, reviewing portfolios, running a two-day workshop, as well as presenting a talk about my book The Middle of Somewhere. There was also a diverse range of exhibitions to check out, with openings to attend and lots of friendly people to meet.
Here are just a few highlights:
HOME, curated by Simone Douglas was a series of exhibitions at the impressive Silo 6 (disused silos, now heritage protected and making a fantastic space for exhibiting photography). HOME featured work by Anna Carey, Arthur Ou, Ian Strange, Shan Turner-Carroll and Lin & Lam
HOME at Silo 6