The Queensland Centre for Photography is presenting 16 Australian photo-books at the inaugural PhotoBook Independent Art Fair, 1 – 3 May, 2015 at Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles.
You can purchase tickets to the fair through this link.
Ingvar Kenne studied Photography Bachelor of Arts at the University of Gothenburg between 1988-1991. The same year he completed his studies Kenne had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Borås, Sweden. It was in 1992 Kenne published his first monograph – ON THE SIDE (Tidens Förlag, Sweden). An exhibition also toured over a two year period. He then embarked on several journeys around the globe. The culmination was an around the world trip by motorcycle, resulting in his second monograph – CHASING SUMMER. (Bird Press 2004). Paul Theroux wrote the foreword. In 2005 at the Cannes Lions festival, for an inaugural event called “New Photographers – The Hottest Talent Of Tomorrow”, Kenne was selected as one of 31 photographers worldwide, to be exhibited and discussed during a seminar. That exhibition toured Europe and showed in New York. His work has been exhibited worldwide I countries including England, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Australia. He has received several fellow ship Grants from the Arts Council of Sweden. In 2009 he won the National Photographic Portrait Prize at NPG in Canberra. He was also runner up in the prestigious Moran Photographic Prize the same year. In 2010 he was part of group shows at the Gold Coast Art Gallery as well as being selected again for the National Photographic Portrait prize, making it three out of three. In 2012 his solo show CITIZEN, opened at the National Portrait Gallery in conjunction with a book launch, making it his third portrait monograph. It has since toured five capital cities in Australia. Kenne divides his time between Sydney and New York.
Dane Beesley is an Australian photographer, born in 1978 and raised in Brisbane. Using the family basement as a darkroom, he began taking pictures from an early age but when he purchased an enormous jumble of old cameras and photography equipment from a deceased estate, he started experimenting.
Anne Ferran has been exhibiting since the 1980s when her landmark series Scenes on the Death of Nature (1986) established her as one of Australia’s leading photographic artists. In the mid 1990s she began working with Australia’s colonial past, probing it for gaps and silences. She continues to be drawn to places of incarceration, seeking to shed light on the traces of their inmates in museum collections, photographic archives and historic sites. Her work is held in many major public collections in Australia and internationally. A major survey exhibition, Anne Ferran: Shadow Land was held at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney in 2014.
Lindsay Varvari is a visual storyteller and current Co-Editor of The Australian PhotoJournalist. Her work is largely autobiographical and emphasises the importance of personal accounts in contributing to knowledge on universal themes and issues, which are often misrepresented throughout mainstream narratives. Lindsay has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally, and her first photobook, Return to me, has been shortlisted in competitions and shown at festivals in Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, and throughout the US. Her work is held in several private collections and photobook archives. Lindsay studied a Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art in Brisbane.
Rohan Hutchinson is an Australian born artist, currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. The majority of his work has been documenting the built landscape by the use of photography, prominently throughout Japan and Australia. His research into architecture has been to analyse the differences in structures depending on the importance they hold within the community. As varying importance is placed on a new structure by the developers, government and/or community, the design and choice of building materials change. This affects the aesthetics and longevity of the structures, which in turn posits a geographic, economic and social survey of the surroundings. The works he produces are large scale, created on either an 8×10 or 4×5 inch view Camera; this enables the viewers to identify with the aesthetical differences or similarities between the works.
Julie Shiels has been a practicing artist for more than three decades. She completed a Masters of Art at RMIT University in 2006 and will submit her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. Julie has undertaken residencies in Hanoi and Beijing and exhibits regularly in Australia. Apart from her ephemeral interventions in public space, she is regularly commissioned to make permanent public artworks. Julie’s photographs and sculptures have been acquired by public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, Australian War Memorial and the Australian Embassy, Vietnam. Julie teaches in the Art in Public Space post-graduate program at RMIT University.
Prudence Murphy is an Australian artist, based in Sydney and lectures at the University of NSW | Art & Design. Murphy’s practice examines the details of our quotidian existence: interrogating and contextualizing fleeting moments of our ritual and play. She has exhibited widely in Australia and was recently selected to exhibit in the 2014 Ulsan International Photography Festival in South Korea; and will present her work in Osaka at The Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities in 2015. Murphy’s work is represented in national, international and private collections and she is the recipient of a number of grants and awards.
Christopher Young was born in small-town New Zealand in the mid-seventies. After finishing his studies he moved to Germany in 1996 before settling in Perth, Western Australia in 2002. Isolation is a recurring theme in his life and work – the remoteness of growing up in semi-rural New Zealand, the loneliness of living in Germany as a poor German speaker and lately the geographic and ideological seclusion of life in the purportedly most isolated city in the world, Perth, have all coloured his artistic practice. Context, coding in images and a lack of a personal cultural library have been central themes explored in his work. The images have always been very personal and have a therapeutic nature to them. They are typically how he works through problems or issues in his life. He majored in Photography with a Fine Art bias and exhibits on a regular basis in Perth, Western Australia where he now lives with his artist wife. Christopher supports his practice by working in the Graphic Design and Print industries.
Paul Batt is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) photography departments
and is currently a PhD candidate in Fine Art (Photography) at Monash University, where he has also worked as a Sessional Photography Lecturer. Batt’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas in both group and solo exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Australian Centre For Photography (ACP) and The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) as well as receiving numerous national photography prizes and awards. Paul’s work has featured in a number of national and international publications and his works is held in significant public collections such as the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA).
Ian Tippett holds a Bachelor of Design from Swinburne University, Melbourne. Tippett’s photographs turn the street into a private space that shifts between intimacy and distance. This is not a uniform sea of pedestrians like John Brack’s Collins Street 5pm but more an expression of individuality. Random people are isolated by a high camera that looks down like a self portrait. The series then becomes an examination that takes this intimacy into the collective realm of images.
Doug Spowart has an extensive involvement in Australian creative industries as an artist, educator, curator and reviewer. For over 25 years he has made photobooks and artists’ books. Many of these books are held in private, regional and state public galleries, national and international photobook and artists’ book collections including Australian Library of Art at the State Library of Queensland and the National Library of Australia. Spowart completed his initial photographic training at the Queensland College of Art in the early 1970s and most recently he completed a PhD in the visual arts through James Cook University.
Victoria Cooper’s work is informed by living with and within the changing landscape and the fragility of its human – more-than-human relations.
Cooper artists’ books have been exhibited in Australia and internationally were acquired by national and private collections including the artists’ book collections of the National Library of Australia, State Library of Queensland and the Carleton College Artists’ Book Collection, United States of America. Most recently she completed a PhD in the visual arts through James Cook University.
Gemma Avery is based in Sydney where she is currently studying a Masters in fine art at the National Art School. Often tongue in cheek, her work is about play and experimentation, questioning of originality and challenging or unsettling the conventions of photography, portraiture and traditional modes of art making. Although often actualised in the printed image her work draws conceptually from painting and seeks to examine the limitations, and assimilations of these two mediums as modes of representation. She completed a BFA Honors Degree in 2013, securing 1st class honours and was amongst the top 100 graduating artists Australia-wide who participated in the Hatched Survey Exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in 2014. As recipient of the prestigious Mark Henry Cain Memorial Scholarship she is currently undertaking a two months residency at the Glasgow School of Art.
Michelle Powell was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1972 and spent 13 years in the Western Australian Wheatbelt before moving to Hobart, Tasmania in 2009. Working predominately in the medium of photography, she explores themes relating to place and identity and our cultural interaction with remnant areas of nature within urban environments. In 2014 Michelle completed a BA Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania and she is currently continuing her study, embarking on an Honours research degree in 2015. Awarded the Australian Institute of Professional Photography Tasmanian Student of the Year 2012, Michelle has since exhibited in various group shows in Hobart and was a contributing artist to Tracey Moberly’s Tweet-Me-Up! at the Tate Modern (2012).
Mathias Heng is a photojournalist with over a decade’s experience. In his travels to places of war, disaster, poverty and human struggle, Mathias has photographed several conflicts and their effects on the civilian population, producing a body of emotionally moving documentary work that captures key moments and turning points in history. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Australian, The Age and newspapers worldwide, as well as non-government organization magazines such as Oxfam USA, Oxfam Australia, AusAID, Care International, Caritas Australia, Plan International and Australian Volunteers International.
Christopher Köller studied photography in Melbourne, and after graduating lived in Japan where he took photos and became immersed in the world of Japanese gardens and bonsai. He has held solo exhibitions of his photographs, installations and video works in various Australian cities and in Japan, England, Spain and Mexico. His work has been included in group-exhibitions in France, Italy, Spain, and throughout Australia. From 1992 Koller was senior lecturer in photography at the Victorian College of the Arts and in 2002 completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art at RMIT University. Since 2009 Köller has been focusing exclusively on his practice. The Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council has awarded Köller two grants and four residencies. Köller’s work has been collected by; the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Griffith University, the Bibliotheque Nationale, France and the Sata Corporation Collection, Tokyo.