Posts Tagged ‘Mary Macpherson photography’
Got my awl and my linen thread with the beeswax, and a miniature proof of my new photographic book Medical Daydreams. Now all I need is a final visit to Spencer the designer to agree the proofs for the inside photos and to get the books printed (small but important detail).
Then my career as a bookbinder will begin – better watch that video again….
With Photobook New Zealand in mind I’ve started an extract of my of the hills series. The work isn’t complete yet but there’s enough to start a grouping – with all the attendant anxieties as you try out your sweet dreams about what the work’s about and how you fondly imagined a sequence would flow. But editing is where work is made (or unmade) – so onward.
A bonus, one restless 5am dawn, was finally arriving at a title for the series.
There are three categories for the Awards:
Self published photobook
Trade published photobook
Momento Pro are offering cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500. The awards will be presented at the launch of Photobook New Zealand on 11 March at Massey University and will be on display during the Photobook NZ fair.
One of the things I’ve been working hard on over the last few months with a small talented group of photographers, is helping create Photobook New Zealand – New Zealand’s first photobook fair.
Readers of this blog will know that photobooks are a significant art form for photographers to express themselves, equivalent to novels or major films. They’re where photographers learn from fellow artists and are an important means of sharing work with a worldwide audience. Internationally photobooks are celebrated in photobook fairs in major cities with significant rewards for excellent and innovative work.
We’re working to bring together New Zealand’s photographers and independent publishers and showcase their work to a wide audience interested in the arts and attract international attention to New Zealand’s photobooks.
Photobook New Zealand will run from 11- 13 March in Wellington during the NZ Festival’s Writers’ Week when the city is buzzing with cultural activity. We hope a wide range of people will be attracted to the special collection of photobooks from artists and independent publishers, along with inspiring speakers from New Zealand and Australia talking about their publishing journeys.
It’s New Zealand’s first step into the world of photobook fairs, and a busy ambitious programme to put together (goodbye having a life). We’ve been inviting some exciting speakers and panellists, looking for venues, partners, sponsors and support. Recently we were heartened by the generosity of Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in offering their beautiful arts complex in Tasman St for the event, along with technical assistance. PhotoForum NZ is supporting us by being the umbrella organisation for our event.
Next up will be our Boosted campaign when people can help us make the event fly (yes coming soon to a place near you…). It may be busy and intense but inspiring innovative photobooks are close to my heart so it’s a pretty exciting and energizing activity. If you’d like to register for updates please contact us at email@example.com
Feeling pretty good that after two years (not full time!) I’ve finally got a selection of my major photographic projects since the 1980s up on my website. After plodding through the gruesome work of scanning, cropping and removing dust, then trying to remember what the series was about and when it was done, I felt strangely moved. Was I really alive in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s, determinedly following the artists who resonated with me (Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Victor Burgin, Barbara Kruger etc) trying to extend my practice, come rain or shine? Apparently so! Other things such how I was supporting myself, what colour the walls were have receded into darkness – but the work remains. I’m also interested in how what I was then, seems to have flowed through into this year’s series (don’t know if this is reassuring, or something else!). Here’s a picture or two below. The full selection of projects is on my site.
Rather to my surprise, a strand of work that’s emerging from my new images is from around my neighborhood. (I’ve always thought of myself as someone who needs to be at least 5 kilometres away to start seeing things).
Here’s an image that seems to suit the times.
Standing numbly at the bus stop at 7am in the deep chill of winter recently gave me one of those ‘I can never imagine summer again’ moments. But inside our heated printing room I’ve been reviewing work from last summer’s photographing. Like the start of all new series it’s messy and not sure where it’s going, but here’s one for a different season.