This Photobook Changed My Life: Artists and makers reveal the publications that have inspired them

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

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


24 March

Sunday, 10:45-11:30am (AEST)


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A panel of photographers and publishers reveal the publications that have most inspired them.

Speakers include Dan Rule, Justine Ellis, Isabella Capezio, Kristian Häggblom, Matt Dunne, Angus Scott, Anouska Phizacklea, Atong Atem.

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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.

  • Isabella Capezio (AU)

    Born 1986, Melbourne, Australia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Isabella Capezio is a photographer, artist and a lecturer in Photography in the School of Art at RMIT.

    Isabella’s research and artwork engages in themes of failure, queerness and landscape. As a PhD candidate, Isabella is experimenting with alternative ways to reflect on place, vision, ‘nature’ and colonial frameworks of power through landscape photography.

    Isabella’s interest in modes of publication and the production of photobooks has led to the role of coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Photo-book Archive and within that role has facilitated a number of workshops in the Asia Pacific region. Isabella has also co-run a small photographic gallery, and has curated educational materials for the photojournalism collective #Dysturb.

  • Kristian Häggblom

    Dr Kristian Häggblom is an artist, curator and educator who works with cross-cultural engagement and expanded documentary. He first moved to Japan in 1999 where he co-founded/curated RoomSpace Gallery in Omoide Yokocho (‘piss alley’), Shinjuku, and has an ongoing relationship with the country and its culture. He completed his PhD through Monash University in 2014, was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for Arts Finland studio and was the founder/curator of Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, Mildura, in regional Victoria. He has curated several exhibitions in experimental spaces, (a motel and jail), for large festivals including Mildura Palimpsest Biennale. Häggblom’s most recent curated exhibition, Tsuka: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography, was staged at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne and included a public program and dedicated website.

  • Matt Dunne (AU )

    Matt Dunne (b. 1989) is a photographer, writer and publisher based in Melbourne, Australia. His work focuses on the complex relationship between people, nature and history. His practice uses community research, enabled discovery and historical archives to unpack the myriad of ways we impact the environment. He also founded and manages Tall Poppy Press, an imprint that aims to publish Australian photography, with an emphasis on first books and emerging artists.

  • Angus Scott (AU)

    Angus Scott is a visual artist working with still and moving image living on Wurundjeri Country. His creative practice intersects ecology, the influence of place and personal mythologies. As a Co-Creative Director at Photo Collective, Angus spends his days immersed in Australian photography producing content, editing magazines and articles and assisting in the operation of programs like the annual Australian Photography Awards. He has exhibited work in Australia, USA and the UK and has published a photobook titled Teetering like a September myth, a project which was awarded the inaugural OD Prize by Open Doors Gallery in London.

  • Anouska Phizacklea

    Anouska Phizacklea (BA (hons), MA, MCom, CPA, GAICD) is Director of the Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh). Phizacklea has expertise across the visual, decorative, film and literary arts as well as finance and organisational development, with Masters Degrees in both Fine Arts and Commerce.

    In 2023 she joined the board of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Treasurer). She has held senior management positions at leading Victorian public institutions, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and worked for many years in art research and valuations in galleries and auction houses in Melbourne and London. Since her appointment at MAPh Phizacklea has curated group and single artist exhibitions with leading Australian practitioners

  • Atong Atem (SS/AU)

    Born 1994, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Atong Atem is an Ethiopian born, South Sudanese artist and writer living in Narrm/ Melbourne. Atem’s photographic practice explores migrant narratives, postcolonial practices in the African diaspora, and concepts of identity, home, and liminal space.  Her dynamic portraiture references widely, from Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita to science fiction writer Octavia Butler.  She was awarded the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria and MECCA M-Power scholarship in 2018 and the Brisbane Powerhouse Melt Portrait Prize in 2017.

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01–24 March