Book awards have already played a significant role in the career of emerging Melbourne photographer Sarah J. Walker. In 2017 she won the Perimeter Small Book Prize. She went on to win the Photobook category of the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award 2018 with Second Sight – the book published as a result of the Small Book Prize.
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.”
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.
Momento Pro established the Australia and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Award, and its earlier incarnations, to help antipodean photo artists produce publications and progress their photographic career. We’re proud to have now helped bring 10 new photo book titles to life including, A Sundance in Sandringham by Solomon Mortimer. This title was published by Mortimer and PhotoForum in March 2019, and the story behind-the-book is outlined below.