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Homage to Harvey Benge (1944 – 2019)

Harvey Benge was well known in the anitpodean and European photo book community as prolific, oustpoken and entertaining. Following his passing this month we share his thoughts on book making, his bibliography and comments from his photo loving network.

One of the the antipodes most prolific and outspoken photo book creators, passed away last month, Harvey Benge.  In his own words,I live and work between Auckland and Paris. My interest lies in the strange anthropology of cities, observing and making photographs of the unusual and overlooked in the human landscape where nothing is as it seems. I make photographic series which evolve into book works.”

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‘Permission to Belong’ by Tammy Law

Tammy Law’s artist book, ‘Permission To Belong,’ is the winner of the 2018 Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award People’s Choice prize. The book received 57 of the 268 votes submitted by visitors to the exhibition over the last eight months. Its creation involved years of research with the Koren community, input from local and international mentors, and each of the 95 copies takes a painstaking six hours to print and bind. Congrats Tammy!

Brisbane-based artist Tammy Law has won the 2018 Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award – People’s Choice prize of $500 cash and $1,500 Momento Pro print credit. Her book, Permission To Belong, attracted 57 of the 268 People’s Choice votes collected over the last eight months as the Award exhibition travelled through Australia and New Zealand. This recognition is in addition to the book’s shortlisting in the 2018 Singapore International Photo Festival, and selection for exhibition at Photo Bangkok 2018, and in  Photobook As Object during Photobook New Zealand in March 2018.

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Momento Pro wins ultimate international print award

The Premier Print Awards is the largest and most prestigious print competition on the global scene, and the Academy Awards of the graphic arts world. They are hosted by the Printing Industries of America, and in their 71st year the 2019 Awards attracted 2,238 entries from 13 countries. The judges awarded the top honour to Momento Pro. Find out why.

On 2 October in Chicago, Momento Pro was awarded the ultimate international print accolade – the Premier Print Awards James H. Mayes Jr. Memorial ‘Best of Show’ – for Middlehurst | Middle Earth, a fine art book we produced for Australian landscape photographer Peter Eastway. 

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Antipodean photo books acquired by Tate

A significant milestone in antipodean photo book history occurred in April, when a collection of 52 significant Australian and New Zealand photobooks were acquired by the Tate. The collection was curated by Dr Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper, on the recommendation of photo book historian Martin Parr.

Edited and republished with permission from Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper

In April 2019, Australian photo book creators, academics and advocates, Dr Doug Spowart and Dr Victoria Cooper, completed a two year project to curate a selection of 52 significant Australian and New Zealand photo books for acquisition by the Tate, UK. The project was a labour of love and marks a significant milestone in antipodean photo book history.

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