Talk: Everything you always wanted to know about photobooks *But were afraid to ask

Image: PHOTO 2022, Photobook Market. Photo by Will Hamilton-Coates.

Image: PHOTO 2022, Photobook Market. Photo by Will Hamilton-Coates.


23 March

Saturday, 10-10:45am (AEST)


Abbotsford Convent [i]
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Tue – Fri, 10am – 2pm
Sat – Sun & Public Holidays, 10am – 4pm


Wheelchair access


Free, bookings required

A panel of photographers and publishers reveal the top tips that they wish they had been told when starting out. Essential for any budding photobook maker.

Speakers include Daniel Boetker-Smith, Dan Rule, Justine Ellis, Helen Frajman/M33, Sarah Walker, Daniel Jack-Lyons, Cecilia Sordi Campos.

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  • Dan Rule (AU)

    Dan Rule is a publisher, writer and editor from Melbourne, Australia. He is the co-director of Perimeter Books, Perimeter Distribution and Perimeter Editions, for which he has published, edited and written for upward of 50 books on contemporary photographers and artists from around the world. He has published more than 3000 articles, reviews and interviews on art, photography, design and culture more widely for international publications and institutions.

  • Helen Frajman (AU)

    Helen Frajman is an independent editor and curator of photography and since 1994 the Director and Publisher at M.33, a small arts business based in Naarm/Melbourne. M.33 currently represents 8 photographic artists and offers curatorial services as well presenting an ongoing program of publications. M.33 works collaboratively with artists and designers to produce books with a focus on excellent design in the service of thoughtful and thought-provoking content. The chief aim being to produce the books artists want, without the limitations imposed by commercial considerations.


  • Sarah Walker (AU)

    Born 1991, Melbourne, Australia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Sarah Walker (b. 1991) is a photo based artist living in Naarm on unceded sovereign lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. Her practice centres around the psychology of myth, with a keen interest in the way people regulate their mental state in relation to their belief systems, and how this manifests itself into contemporary society. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Photography in 2016 at Photography Studies College in Melbourne. Walker utilises combination of found and archival imagery, video, and sound, in combination with her photographic practice, and has an avid interest in photobooks. Walker’s work has been featured in various online publications including Paper Journal, PH Museum, Der Greif Guest-Room, Phases magazine, and The Heavy Collective. She has partaken in several exhibitions such as The Well, Hillvale Gallery (2023); On Holy Water, Platform Arts Geelong (2023); Second Sight, c3 art space (2018); A place you know, Junior Space, Melbourne (2017); Always-Already, Besser Gallery, Melbourne (2016). Walker had her first large scale solo show at Nishi Gallery, Canberra in late 2018. She won Australian and New Zealand Photobook of the Year award (2018) for her first photobook Second Sight published by Perimeter Editions. Additionally, Walker published a second photobook with Perimeter Editions in 2019 called Pelči Manor, and has her third book with the publishing house due for release in early 2024. 

  • Daniel Jack Lyons (US)

    Born 1981, Los Angeles, USA
    Lives and works Los Angeles, USA

    Daniel Jack Lyons is an American artist and anthropologist whose work focuses largely on marginalized youth, whether occupying spaces on the periphery of society or in the face of conflict.

  • Cecilia Sordi Campos (BR)

    Born 1989, Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Brazil
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Cecilia Sordi Campos is a Brazilian-born, Australian-based photographic artist, writer and researcher. Her practice is positioned in the field of socially engaged art, autofiction and expanded documentary. Campos’ work draws on her experience as a Brazilian migrant from both European and Afro-Brazilian ancestry, as well as her experiences as an infertile woman of colour. She makes work through critical engagement alongside an openness to alternative world views and underrepresented perspectives. The works exhibited are drawn from across three bodies of work: Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba (2019), das palavras a pele (2020-ongoing), Augúrio and the smells that were not there (2021-ongoing) which explore notions of cultural identity and the self, as well as sensual knowledge and the female body through sensations of touch, scent and vision. Her practice seeks to uncover visual strategies for communicating complex experiences within a public discourse.

  • Daniel Boetker-Smith (AU)

    Daniel Boetker-Smith is the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, and the Founder of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. He was previously Dean of Studies at Photography Studies College and is a regular contributor to a range of Australian and international print and online publications.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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