With the medium of photobooks enjoying a renewed global popularity as a distinctive photographic medium, PhotoAccess is delighted to announce its 2022 Concept to Publication workshop. This mentored nine month studio program is for any image maker who would like to develop and curate a portfolio of work and realise it as a unique photo-book.
This year, participants will have the opportunity to work alongside Canberra photographer and photobook aficionado David Hempenstall. David’s own image practice sits somewhere within documentary, personal narrative and archive spaces. His professional career has seen him working for the last two decades on significant cultural collections and archaeological digs, in collaboration with artists and various non-government organisations. He has a love of the book as a fascinating, enduring and adaptable photographic object and is excited by the possibilities presented each time the effort to make one begins. David has self published a number of immersive books over the years.
Over the workshop program, David will guide you to further your creative practice while pursuing the book form. You’ll explore the history of the photobook, consider the possibilities and significances of a range of approaches to the medium – from the low cost, cut and paste zine to the refined digitally printed hardback – and research, curate and develop your own photographic portfolio in an object form. You’ll produce your own personal project, deciding whether to work towards a maquette or dummy, for example, or perhaps a one-off hand-crafted artist’s book or a published edition ready for sale. This is a hands-on workshop, where you’ll discover simple, direct working methods and engage with photobooks as objects.
Concept to Publication is designed as a collaborative studio. The workshop will meet regularly over the course of the program, engaging with art historical research, one-to-one feedback and discussion, guided editing sessions and group conversations. David’s mentorship will be key to your progress, but you’ll also benefit significantly from sharing your ideas with the workshop group, collaborating with co-participants and supporting and enjoying each other’s creative journeys. PhotoAccess staff will also be on hand to support and help you along the way.
Concept to Publication is a fantastic opportunity for any artist seeking a new or renewed outlet for their creativity. You’ll need to have a collection of work, or the capacity to create work to feed into your photobook over the course of the program, or you might choose to work, for example, with an archive of family images. If you’d like to discuss requirements, please contact the PhotoAccess staff team at [email protected]
At the conclusion of the workshop program, PhotoAccess will invite you to contribute your photobook to a public display in our Huw Davies Gallery. Scheduled for Sept/Oct 2022, this exhibition of your work will be supported with a comprehensive media and marketing package, including a physical and online opening.
Please note that costs associated with final production (e.g. printing) of your book are not included in the your workshop fee.
9:30am-12:30pm Sundays at PhotoAccess
David Hempenstall is a documentary photographer who, for most of his career, has explored the broad outskirts of personal and cultural memory, autonomy, archive and the aftermath of conflict. He has also developed a strong commissioned practice, focused particularly on places of memory and interpreting collections within cultural institutions and archives.
From 2005 to 2007, David documented the discovery, exhumation and analysis of victims in mass graves in Iraq. These photographs were used as evidence in the trials of a number of prominent Ba’athists such as Saddam Hussein and Ali Husan Al-Majid during the Anfal trial in the Iraqi High Tribunal. On leaving Iraq he embarked on an on-going, personally driven effort to photograph in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. In this undertaking, he examines the multi-generational links of family and the possible emergence of a new nation state in the Pacific.
Enrolments for this workshop close at 5pm on Tuesday, 7nd December, 2021. PhotoAccess reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are insufficient enrolments. If we have to cancel, you’ll receive a full refund.
PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days notice is given PhotoAccess will transfer fees to another workshop but will charge a transfer fee of either 25% of the workshop cost or $50, whichever is less. No refunds or transfers can be given once a workshop has started. Please note that memberships purchased in conjunction with a workshop enrolment are non-refundable. See Terms and Conditions for further details.