This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Format Festival in the UK and the Australian and New Zealand Photobook Award. Plus check out my review for Australian Book Review of a new academic text, Visualising Human Rights. Next week there won’t be a blog post as I’m taking the weekend off for a family wedding!
Festival: Derby, UK
The theme for this year’s FORMAT19, which is billed as the UK’s “leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media,” is FOREVER/NOW. This concept allows the exploration of a medium that is “moving ever forward, while keeping a curatorial eye on its past and how it is being constantly reinterpreted.”
With around 70 exhibitions it’s hard to make a selection, but here are my picks!
“You Don’t Look Native to Me” – Maria Sturm (QUAD)
“Since 2011 photographer Maria Sturm has been visiting the Native American communities of North Carolina and in particular…the Lumbee Indian Tribe, where 89% of the population describe themselves as Native Americans… Sturm uncovers her subjects’ search for who they are, as they explore their individual and collective relationship to their hometown, aesthetic display of tribal affiliation and their youthful obsession of seeking to define themselves in their own terms.”
Separation – Laura Pannack (New Art Exchange – outdoor installation)
Brexit means that “tens of thousands of people will face the loss of their automatic right to work or right to stay in the UK. A country and home they share with their partner. Brexit has been discussed for its political and economic implications, but what does it mean for love?” I’ve featured this work before on Photojournalism Now. It is beautiful and evocative.
White Heat of British industry, 1950s-60s: photographs by Maurice Broomfield (Derby Museum and Art Gallery until 5 May)
“Maurice Broomfield (1916-2010) made some of the most spectacular photographs of British industry, showing skilled men and women proudly at work in factories throughout the UK…(revealing) a workforce in an era of rapid transition, depicting the remnants of the nineteenth-century’s industrial revolution alongside emerging modern technologies.”
Quinn – Lottie Davies (Crich Tramway Village)
“This is the fictional story of a young man, William Henry Quinn, walking from the south-west of England to the far north of Scotland in post Second World War Britain.”
The Ball – Ingvar Kenne (University of Derby)
A close-up view of the Australian tradition of Bachelor and Spinster Balls (B&S). Once the way that ladies in the country found their husbands, today the B&S Balls are a free for all. Debauchery or right of passage? You decide.
Until 14 April, unless otherwise stated. Various venues. See website.
Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award
Last Saturday night in Melbourne the Centre for Contemporary Photography was humming with guests waiting to find out who is this year’s winner of the now combined Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award, championed by Momento Pro. The wait is over:
+ PHOTOBOOK COMMENDED: ‘Huon’ by Noah Thompson (AU)
+ STUDENT WINNER: ‘ROYGBIV’ by Kira Sampurno at Massey University, Wellington (NZ)
+ STUDENT COMMENDED: ‘Craigieburn, it’s not the same’ by Yask Desaiat Photography Studies College (Melbourne), (AU)
Winners were chosen from the finalists selected from 117 entries:
- Dream State by Stavros Messinis / M-Art Books (AU)
- I Want This Life and Another by Robyn Daly (NZ)
- Image Ecologies by James Farley & Jacob Raupach / Currency Editions (AU)
- Living with AIDS (1988) by Fiona Clark & Michael Lett (NZ)
- Permission To Belong by Tammy Law (AU)
- Six for Gold by Jake Mein & Bad News Books (NZ)
- The Tensile Strength of a Heartstring by Hannah Rose Arnold (NZ)
- The Winter Garden by Christine McFetridge, Bad News Books & M.33 (NZ)