Talk: Reading Photobooks

Image: J Forsyth, [Reading Photobooks], PHOTO 2021

Image: J Forsyth, Reading Photobooks, PHOTO 2021


22 May 2022

Sunday, 11am-12:30pm (AEST)


Photography Studies College [i]
37-47 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne


Wheelchair access


Free, no bookings required

Join members of the Melbourne Photobook Collective and other photobook readers to discover new perspectives and depths of meaning that can come from exploring photobooks in a group. Shaped by a commitment to openness and access, the discussion will focus on a range of books that have inspired them over the last year.

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  • Melbourne Photobook Collective (AU)

    The Melbourne Photobook Collective is a group of artists/photographers based in and around Melbourne. Our collaboration is founded on a shared interest in making and talking about photobooks. We participate in art and photobook events where we sell our work and talk with others about making and reading photobooks.

  • Anne Davies (AU)

    Anne Davies, a photographic artist, is an active member of the Photobook Club Melbourne and the Melbourne Photobook Collective. A regular exhibitor at photobook fairs, her most recent artwork, Inside the fence, is a collection of 100 small, handmade photobooks made over 100 days.

  • Stuart Murdoch (AU)

    Stuart Murdoch has been practicing making art with cameras since the late 1980s. (You think by now he’d have it right.) He also teaches photography and makes photobooks. At other times, he can be found wandering the incongruous corners of Melbourne’s western suburbs with any number of cameras in hand.

  • Suzanne Phoenix (AU)

    Suzanne Phoenix is a Melbourne-based photographer capturing people and places through events, live music and performance as well as documenting street and daily life.

  • William Stewart (AU)

    William has spent the last few years exploring the world, using his camera to capture images of wonder and delight, of nature, human history, landscapes, weaving narratives of words and images to create and share these journeys of discovery. Coming from a background in science and technology and a professional career at the forefront of “tech” with all its hubris of the ever-new, it is intriguing to discover the writings and places, architecture and art, of civilisations long gone imbued with echoes of all too-familiar human passions, glories and failings.

  • Mike Reed (AU)

    Mike Reed is extremely well known in Advertising Film Production but now explores opportunities to create more success in photography and the publishing of unique creative photobooks. Always an ardent photographer seeking the odd and quirky moment in this merry go round world or in fact anything that attracts his interest. He collects like a “rag and bone man ‘ images as themes and notions. Seemingly of no value until Mike puts his spin and polish on the photo artifact His books explore the offbeat ideas abounding the back streets and generally as “life is better from behind” He has produced 4 books so far and has 4 more in different stages

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