Paper Journal is an online and print magazine that presents the best in contemporary visual arts and photography, care of contributors from Melbourne, London, NYC and around the world. In support of the Awards, founder and editor, Patricia Karallis, published interviews with the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award 2019 winners at paper-journal.com.
You’ll find a teaser below but head online for the full interviews, plus a healthy supply of photo book reviews and inspiring contemporary photography content.
Interview – Cherine Fahd: Apókryphos
In 2010, Cherine Fahd‘s paternal grandmother gave her a box of photographs. Whilst rummaging through familiar family photos; weddings, birthdays, Christmas’, she discovered, tucked away in the bottom of the box, a brown envelope with 24 black-and-white photographs; photographs of her grandfather’s funeral and burial which had remained hidden since 1975. Overwhelmed with emotion, Fahd decided to hide them away once more, this time under her bed where they remained for the next seven years.
The photographs have since been reproduced and exhibited both at Carriageworks in Sydney and Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, as well as in Fahd’s photo-text book titled Apókryphos (M.33, 2019), which won photobook of the year in the recent Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award.
Interview – Paul Knight: jump into bed with me
Consisting of photographs taken from long-term project Chamber Music, comes jump into bed with me, the first book from Australian-born, Berlin-based photographer and artist Paul Knight. A modern-day love letter between Paul and his partner Peter, the photographs reveal intimacy in all of its guises; the candid, the mundane, the erotic.
With the camera moving fluidly between both Paul and Peter, and using any available surface to place the camera and setting a self-timer, the camera invites a new level of vulnerability from its subjects. “My interest in power in the image is when a subject lets go of power”, states Paul. “In this way, the vulnerability you see is a very important part of the work.”
Interview – Cecilia Sordi Campos: Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba
After migrating to Australia and the break-down of her marriage, Cecilia Sordi Campos desired to re-connect with her Brazilian heritage. Heavily influenced by the Anthropophagic Manifest by Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade, Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba represents the need Campos felt “to devour my Brazilian influences, my hybrid identity, and my emotions to then transform them into a new form of expression.”
Recently awarded with a Photobook Commendation at the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award, we spoke to Campos about how the project acted as a catharsis, the recurring themes and symbols that appear throughout the work, and the search for a new identity.
Find out more about the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Awards here.