For the first time, the Photo Media Department of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design has placed emphasis on the photo book format within their curriculum. Year 3 Photo Media students will present their own photo books at the inaugural end-of-year book event launching on 13th November 2015 and running over two days. The work will also be on display on Saturday 14 November, accompanied by a talk from Anita Tótha (Founder of Photobook Club Auckland and Remote Photobooks) and a screening of the short film documentary Pictures on Paper: Photobooks in New Zealand. This film has been produced by Tangent Photography Collective. The film profiles both established and emerging artists and photobook makers such as Ann Shelton, David Cook, Solomon Mortimer and Shelley Jacobson, and delivers a lively insight into the current photo book phenomenon.
Tótha states, “This is an exciting time for the photography world in New Zealand. Photobooks are a great way explore ideas and concepts, to promote one’s body of work and get it out into the world. Whitecliffe students have worked hard this semester to develop their ideas and translate them into book format. The exhibition will be a great way to see how each student explored the process of photobook making.”
HOD Photo Media Becky Nunes says, “As this is the first time we have incorporated a long-form book project into the syllabus, I had expected some glitches and hesitance in terms of the uptake. I have been surprised and delighted by the enthusiasm and professionalism displayed by the students. They have embraced the project, and are making some excellent work. We have had fantastic input from book makers, photographic artists and designers along the way. I hope that lovers of photographs and of photographs in books will attend our open event and enjoy what this crop of young talent have made.”
The photobook exhibition opens Friday 13 November from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. The college is located at 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland (Level 5; Lecture Hall). The screening, artists’ talk and photobook launch takes place on Saturday 14 November from 11am-2pm. For more information, please visit the Whitecliffe website or view the Facebook event page.