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18 DECEMBER

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© Katrin Koenning
Finalists 2016
 

Astres Noirs by Katrin Koenning & Sarker Protick & Chose Commune  W I N N E R
Elsewhere by Fuad Osmancevic  -  C O M M E N D E D
J.W. by Clare Steele  -  C O M M E N D E D
Memorandum by Ana Paula Estrada  -  C O M M E N D E D
Some Want Quietly by Drew Pettifer & M.33  -  C O M M E N D E D
Surface Phenomena by Bartolomeo Celestino & Perimeter Editions  -  C O M M E N D E D
Bird by Gary Heery
- P E O P L E ' S   C H O I C E
Courts 02 by Ward Roberts & Editions
Elemental by Rohan Hutchinson
Golden Triangle by Hannah Nikkelson
Kinglake by Jade Byrnes
Two Pandanus Trees Side by Side by Aaron Claringbold


W I N N E R


Astres Noirs
Photography by Katrin Koenning & Sarker Protick

katrinkoenning.com

 
Publisher: Chose Commune
Editing:
Cecile Poimboeuf-Koizumi & Vasantha Yogananthan
Design: Studio Pentagon
Printer: Cassochrome, Belgium
Pages: 168
Size: 160 x 220
Edition of: 1500 Trade Edition, 30 Special Edition.

ISBN: 978-2-9548777-2-3
RRP: €50.00 (Trade Edition)
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Photographer
Katrin Koenning is a German photographic and moving image artist with a particular interest in our physical and emotional connection to place and environment. Her photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Athens Photo Festival, FORMAT, Noorderlicht and PhotoIreland.

Koenning’s work has been published in The Guardian, GUP Magazine and The New York Times and her awards include the 2015 Daylight Photo Award and Australia’s Top Emerging Documentary Photographer. Her work is held in collections across Australia and Europe, and she currently lives in Melbourne, where she lectures at Photography Studies College.

 
Book

Astres Noirs is the debut book for both Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick, artists who live thousands of miles apart, and whose peculiar photographic wanderings create a hauntingly beautiful dialogue. This book presents photographs taken on mobile phone cameras, devices used to capture their everyday in an impulsive and almost obsessional way, documenting life from their doorsteps to far afield.

Their photographs capture the commonplace such as water stains on asphalt, dust clouds and rays of light, and transform these into mesmerising "elusive fragments that evoke an imaginary creature, a milky way, a phosphorescent silhouette." Their combined voices lead us on a journey into unexplored territory, somewhere between the everyday and paranormal, night and day. The book has been shortlisted for the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards (First Book) and Prix Nadar 2016.


Format
Hardcover with embossed title. Silver printing on black paper. 79 duotone plates.
 
Judges’ Comment

Sinister and dark photographs offering illumination and optimism, photos taken from the everyday and transformed and packaged into a new and unexpected form. This photo book is surprising and surreal, it’s sequence is elliptical and perfectly strange.
 



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C O M M E N D E D

 
Elsewhere
Photography by Fuad Osmancevic

 
Publisher: Self Published

Design: Fuad Osmancevic
Pages: 40
Size: 210 x 297
Edition of: 5

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Photographer
Osmancevic is a second year Bachelor student at Photography Studies College, Melbourne.

Book
Elsewhere explores the uncertainty of not being able to find my own place in reality. The work isn't entirely personal nor is it meant to be. I wanted to create a work that is not fixed to narrative, rather it is open to interpretation by the viewer.


Format
Softcover, saddle stitched with thread. Cover and pages printed on Envirocare 100% recycled paper stock 90gsm.
 
Judges’ Comment

This book uses sparse but personal imagery in a powerful yet understated way. The feeling of 'elsewhere' is conveyed on every page.


 

 


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J.W.
Photography by Clare Steele

steele-photo.com

 
Publisher: Self Published

Printing: Moule Print
Binding: Melbourne School of Bookbinding
Pages: 104
Size: 170 x 205
Edition of: 15

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Photographer
Clare Steele is a photographer based in Melbourne. Her work is concerned with the narrative of life, how passing through time affects our emotional and physical connections to what we hold dear. In 2015, Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Photography majoring in Documentary from Photography Studies College, Melbourne.

Book
J.W. documents the life of John. It is a collaboration between the subject and photographer, focusing on how ageing affects routine, interests, priorities and how one offers oneself to be captured in an image. The book explores themes of nostalgia and ritual, while the subject, John, reflects upon his own image archive, objects he's collected and the stories attached to them. By recording the daily routine of a retiree in his home, the places he visits and the mementos he surrounds himself with, J.W. traces a life that would otherwise go unseen. In doing so it presents an intimate visual narrative of mateship between two people, previously strangers now friends and collaborators.

Format
Clothbound Hardcover. Digitally printed on Uncoated Knight Smooth White 140gsm paper.
 
Judges’ Comment

A beautiful tribute to a life and the interests and hobbies encompassed therein. Strong sense of relationship between the photographer and subject. Trying to capture something before it is lost forever.
 



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Memorandum
Photography by Ana Paula Estrada

anapaulaphotography.com

 
Publisher: Self Published

Design: Ana Paula Estrada
Pages: 170
Size: 150 x 170
Edition of: 200
RRP: AU$80.00
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Photographer
Ana Paula Estrada (b. Mexico 1984) is a photographic practitioner who lives and works in Brisbane. Most of her work is of a documentary nature, carefully crafted and subtly directed. Her projects are often focused on contemporary issues of older people in the Australian community.

In recent years her work has been published in Mexican and Australian publications. She received the Foncas Young Artists Grant 2013/14 to pursue her project The Hinterland. and in 2015, she was the recipient of the Siganto Foundation Creative Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland. The fellowship culminated in an artist book - Memorandum - which was acquired by the Australian Library of Art and the National Library of Australia collection.

 

Book
Memorandum is a book that uses photography, oral history and collection material to recount life stories. It is a project about things that were remembered, photographs that were carefully stored and conversations that must never be forgotten.

Format
Softcover, section sewn with exposed spine. Cover printed on 300gsm Ecostar Uncoated paper and pages printed on 120gsm. Includes a small 8 page booklet, fold out pages and a 112gsm translucent page.
 
Judges’ Comment

A poignant use of imagery and text.  Beautifully produced in terms of scale, colour and binding. The subjects are brought to life by the intelligent use of sequencing.



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Some Want Quietly
Photography by Drew Pettifer

drewpettifer.com

 
Publisher: M.33

Text: Futoshi Miyagi
Editing: Drew Pettifer
Design: Lachlan Siu
Printing: Impact Digital
Pages: 52
Size: 200 x 240
Edition of: 100, signed & numbered
ISBN:
978-0-9945170-0-5
RRP: AU$33.00
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Photographer
Drew Pettifer is an artist and academic who lectures in Art History and Theory at RMIT University, Melbourne. Drew's art practice explores themes of intimacy, gender, sexuality and the politics of desire using photography, video, installation and performance.

 

Book
Some want quietly brings together work made by Pettifer during a residency in Tokyo and examines different codes of masculinity and gender that exist in contemporary Japanese society.  These straight and queer subjects became friends with the artist through extended visits to the artist's studio. The images were shot in Pettifer's typical intimate, snapshot style on 35mm colour film.

The book's deceptively simple cardboard cover with stylised 'futon' graphic and minimalist layout pays modest homage to the elegant yet restrained books published in Japan. An essay (in English and Japanese) by Futoshi Miyagi, artist and Director of the Tokyo Art Book Fair, entitled 'Tough to be a man', yields further insight into tensions inherent in the Japanese construction of masculinity.

Format
Softcover, perfect bound.
 
Judges’ Comment

Well executed, intimate and personal snapshot style photographs displaying nakedness, sexualisation and masculinity. Excellent and pared back design. The images have been handled on the page and how they sit together to engage the viewer.




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Surface Phenomena
Photography by Bartolomeo Celestino

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Publisher: Perimeter Editions

Editing: Dan Rule, Justine Ellis, Narelle Brewer
Design: Narelle Brewer
Printing: Magnum Offset
Pages: 112
Size: 210 x 300
Edition of: 500 Trade Edition, 30 Special Edition
ISBN:
978-0-9943883-3-9
RRP: AU$55.00 (Trade Edition)
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Photographer
Bartolomeo Celestino (b.1973) is a conceptually driven artist working across the fields of video, photography and sculpture. Celestino's work is concerned with themes of seriality, the return to site and the sublime in nature. Celestino often utilises large-format landscape stills as a means of investigating the sublime in the Australian landscape.

 

Book
Celestino has been returning to a particular section of Sydney's coastal fringe 'atop an otherwise unremarkable set of cliffs in the eastern suburb of Bronte' day after day, year after year, to undertake the protracted task of setting up his large-format camera and training his lens downward to the fierce waters below.

The horizon, the land or any other contextual details are absent; the ocean is everything and everywhere. The mass of turbulence and white water and the deft flashes of calm that these photographs describe occupy a fundamentally different formal and conceptual space to the iconography of the Australian coast. Without the luxury of context the images become loaded with formal, allegorical and interpretive potential.

Format
Softcover, OTA bound with fold-out dust-jacket. Printed on uncoated and high-gloss paper.
 
Judges’ Comment

The form and the content come together harmoniously to create an immersive experience.




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Bird
Photography by Gary Heery
garyheery.com

 
Publisher: Self Published
Design: Alphabet Studio
Printing: Spitting Image
Pages: 174
Size: 315 x 390
Edition of: 800 Limited Edition, signed

RRP: AU$125.00
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Photographer
Born in Sydney, Australia, Heery studied sociology and psychology at the University of NSW. In 1974 he moved to the US where he co-founded India America, a magazine chronicling Native American society and culture

In L.A. he photographed album covers for Roy Orbison, Frank Zappa, Ray Charles and B.B. King, and shot portraits of film and music stars for magazines including Life, Esquire and Rolling Stone. In 1981, Heery moved to New York, opening a studio in Soho where he photographed covers for Madonna and Paul Simon as well as advertising campaigns for Swatch, Karl Lagerfeld and Sony.

He has published 5 books including Zoo, Grandiflora and Birds.

 

Book
A portrait series of birds. To capture the birds in motion Heary erected a translucent tent, creating an intimate and contained environment in which the birds could fly. “I treated it, not unlike any other portraiture situation, as a kind of controlled spontaneity,” he says. The end result is a collection of dynamic, yet almost clinically detailed, images, with each bird’s distinct personality captured in all its glory.

Format
Hardcover, perfect bound. Offset print.
 
Judges’ Comment

A beautifully produced and well-executed object. Perspective and colour used for dramatic effect.

 




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Courts 02
Photography by Ward Roberts
ward-roberts.com

 
Publisher: Editions
Editing:
Zé Studio
Design: Zé Studio
Printing: Samfine Printing
Pages: 60
Size: 210 x 260
Edition of: 800 Trade Edition, 100 Special Edition
ISBN:
978-0-646-95542-1
RRP: US $40.00 (Trade Edition)
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Photographer
Ward Roberts is a conceptual artist who creates exquisitely composed photographs drawing on themes of loneliness in the modern world.

 

Book
Following the release of Courts 01 (2012), Ward Roberts extends upon his comprehensive body of work documenting sporting courts in Hong Kong, Bermuda, Hawaii, New York and Melbourne with Courts 02.

Format
Natural linen cover hardcover with debossed grid design. Back cover and spine text in black foil. Full colour offset printing on 148gsm Mohawk Vellum Cool White paper.
 
Judges’ Comment

A pared back design which serves the photographic content well. A compelling stillness pervades these images.


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Elemental
Photography by Rohan Hutchinson
rohanhutchinson.com

 
Publisher: Self Published
Editing:
Rohan Hutchinson
Design: Rohan Hutchinson
Printing: Yamada Photo Process, Japan
Pages: 32
Size: 182 x 254
Edition of: 700 Standard Edition, 30 Special Edition

RRP: AU $37.00 (Standard Edition)
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Photographer
Hutchison is an Australian based photographic artist whose primary focus is documenting the built landscape. His large-format photographs question the transformation of an architectural space and the human relationship with the environment. His photography projects have led to Artist-in-residencies in Canada and Japan, and research trips to China and Alaska.

 

Book
Elemental was inspired by Japanese architect Go Hasegawa's basic principles of a house and the relationship between architecture and its surrounding environment, especially in extreme weather conditions.The book was created during an artist residency in Alberta, during a harsh Canadian winter where temperatures ranged from +4 to -35 celsius.

The purpose of the book was also to distribute Hutchison's work to a broader audience, both nationally and internationally, so the neat size and softcover format made it affordable to create and to ship. To ensure the physicality of the book complemented the themes explored inside, its format is humble, quiet and tangible,  bound with hand tied Japanese cotton so the spreads lay flat and unobstructed.

Format
Bound using hand tied Japanese cotton. Offset printed pages on Takeo Araveal 90.5kg and 139kg for the cover.
 
Judges’ Comment

Well executed and visually satisfying photographs that provide a brief description of the atmosphere of a place. Beautifully crafted and well designed.




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Golden Triangle

Photography by Hannah Nikkelson
goldentriangle

 
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 66
Edition of: 10

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Photographer
Nikkelson is a second year student heading at Photography Studies College, Melbourne, heading into a Major in Photojournalism.

Book
Golden Triangle is a re-exploration of Nikkelson's hometown and its surrounding in country Victoria. The project originated from an urge to travel back home, and as an extension to a previous body of work about stagnant environments.

To me, living in a small country town was the epitome of discomfort. I felt detained and unable to achieve any of my goals. I was adamant not to return but, it was the perfect place to explore themes of boredom and unease, as it was where I experienced these most strongly.

Format
Grey hardcover with gold triangle foil.
 
Judges’ Comment

Sympathetic and well executed, aesthetically pleasing photographs showing the beauty, boredom and decay of a place.




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Kinglake
Photography by Jade Byrnes
jadebyrnes.com

 
Publisher: Self Published
Editing:
Jade Byrnes
Design: Jade Byrnes
Printing: Press Print, Melbourne
Pages: 130
Size: 185 x 240
Edition of: 20

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Photographer
Byrnes (b.1986) is a Melbourne photographer interested in place, and the friction and trauma within a landscape. His photography investigates the relationship humans have with the environment and the impact we have on it and its natural order. Byrnes work often combines his own images with found photographs and document.

He recently graduated from Photography Studies College, Melbourne, with a Bachelor Degree majoring in Documentary.

 

Book
While natural disasters are a part of nature, studies have shown that due to climate change, fires in Victoria, Australia, are occurring more frequently and with increased intensity. Kinglake, 47km north of Melbourne, has a long history of fires including the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire that destroyed 100,000+ hectares, drove hundreds from their homes and claimed many lives.

Kinglake is a photobook dummy about the aftermath of fires, tracing the trauma and their affect on the land and the people who inhabit it.
Byrnes continues to work on Kinglake and plans to self publish the book, that aims to appeal to locals, the environmentally concerned and those interested in Australian photography.

Format
Perfect bound, Cover Knight Digital Smooth White 325gsm, Pages Sovereign Silk 128gsm
 
Judges’ Comment

Successfully combines a subdued approach with a range of different elements (archival images, studio portraits, studio still life, landscape images). That taps into collective consciousness
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Two Pandanus Trees Side by Side
Photography by Aaron Claringbold
aaronclaringbold.com

 
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 104
Size: 190 x 240
Edition of: 25

RRP: AU$40.00
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Photographer
Claringbold is a visual artist, photographer and bookmaker concerned with the role that images play in contemporary society, forming and reinforcing the way we see the world, and in turn how we move through it.

More recently he has extended his art practice into areas of printmaking, installation and sculpture, while exploring the support structures that frame, contextualise and extend images.

 

Book
Two Pandanus Trees Side by Side is a short run handmade and self-published photobook created to complement works on paper, inspired by a trip through the middle of Australia, and the combined works were showcased in a group exhibition by the three travelling artists.

The book explores the different ways we see and re-imagine a 'place' through a transitory lens. Pairing the photographs with short block of text extends the reading and meaning of the images.

Format
Softcover. Retchoso binding. Digital printing on uncoated recycled paper.
 
Judges’ Comment

Evocative and quiet photographs broadly descriptive of a place, but also of an emotional state. At times reads as a sophisticated travel diary, but there are also a few remarkable images.




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Judges
 
Heidi Romano of Unless You Will + Threestones
Daniel Boetker-Smith of Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive
Dr Victoria Cooper of Cooper & Spowart
Helen Frajman of M.33 Publishing
Emma Phillips of Perimeter Editions
Kirsten Abbott of Thames & Hudson Australia

 

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