Photographer: Ingvar Kenne


Design: Marcus Piper @ one8one7.com
Text: Mark Mordue, Andrew Sayers, Carla D. Stang
Published by Au.Thentic Press

In Citizen you will meet a former prime minister,a prostitute, my wife, a nun, tribal dancers, famous actors, a now-dead friend, child sex offenders and more. Their titles are given as a way to catalogue and label. It certainly doesn’t sum up all that they are.

From the outset, these citizens were never meant to make up a congregation. There is no greater plan, no narrative, no place, no topic that connects them. The portraits are of a broad mix of people I came across over the course of the last 15 years. Many encounters were random; others were the result of a commission.

None of the people were actively sought out by me. The series Citizen is simply a collection of images. The only constant is my intent walking into a portrait session; that has always been the same no matter who the subject were, even down to the technical details.

I have used the same equipment and film for the last 20 years. The project does have a direct link to my previous book of portraits Chasing Summer - A Journal From A Global Motorcycle Journey. On that journey, I visited 35 or so countries over two and half years. You could place any of those earlier portraits in the context of Citizen and it wouldn't feel out of place. They are like two chapters of the same book.

www.ingvarkenne.com

 

Photographer: Stephen Dupont

Title: Piksa Nuigini
Retouching: Shayne Pearce
Printed by Momento

Piksa Nuigini is a book featuring contemporary portraits of Papuans revealing the culture, custom and modern day changes. I used white and black bed sheets to create an outdoor studio that not only captures my sitter but also allows me to reveal the audience gathering and the environment around the sheet.

This is meant to give the viewer a real sense of place and time. You feel as if you are on the streets of Mt Hagen or in a Sepik village. Had I used the backdrop in a conventional way, to isolate a person or people, you'd have the impression that they were taken anywhere -- New York, Sydney, or in a studio.

www.stephendupont.com

 

Photographer: Anya Grkovic

Title: Beards
Design: Anya Grkovic
Printed by Momento

BEARDS is a photographic exploration of the bearded and beautiful through the use of portraiture. The inspiration for this idea came from my Dad who has sported a beard since before my existance. As beards grow into more of a fad these days, I wanted to look into what beards mean to men through an artistic way.

With this project I really wanted to inspire a positive appreciation for the bearded through using my skills as a photographer and my passion for creating a meaningful body of work.

anyagrkovic101fgc2793.tumblr.com

Photographer: Andrea Francolini

Title: My First School
Retouching: Shayne Pearce
Design: Andrea Francolini
Printed by Momento

Book Description:  My First School is a trust which aims to promote education in Gilgit-Baltistan (northern Pakistan). All portraits have been taken in schools which My First School has help since 2010.

With the funds raised My First School supplies furniture, plumbing, electricity, running water or any other need the school may request depending on the funds raised.

Andrea Francolini, founder of My First School personally goes on location once a year to pay for the goods ordered through his guide Saeed Khan and then documents and assists all deliveries.

afrancolini.com

 

Photographer: Julian Wolkenstein

Title: The Postiche Collection
Design: Hampus Jageland
Text: Paul Sharp
Self published

The beard - male, strong and proud. An inherent part of male character and a prominent feature in any portrait. Patchwork quilting - a most feminine art. To bring to life an unusual portrait series, a complete historical subculture was manufactured around the subject matter of Postichery (the creation and adorning of fabric beards), complete with individual back stories for each artifact, which has then been presented as an historical collection for the Museum of Helsinki in the form of a museum brochure, entitled, The Museum of Helsinki Lufthansa Postiche Collection

The project is part of the Slow Photography Movement. There are 6 images in the Portrait series: Eyah kusadvha Dunaki Daardhi, The Eadaraig Vestment, The Cernunnos Postiche, The Laramie Postiche, The Belgorod Boroda, The Ma arakatt Al Rahman Merkhet

julianwolkenstein.com

 



Photographer: Dan O'Day

Title: Ginger & Pearl - Two Lives, One Love - A Retrospective
Design: Todd Gregory
Printed by Momento

Ginger and Pearl have been living in the same house in Canberra, Australia for over 65 years. Ginger and Pearl are from a working class generation. Ginger spends most his days restoring old wooden furniture (his varnish stained hands tell the story of many a happy piece of furniture that has left the shed), Pearl is nearly blind but spends her days working in the garden and feeding mince meat to the kookaburras and magpies that sit on her clothes line each day.

I cannot begin to fathom what they built together as a foundation for their family but what I do know is that I spent a little piece of three separate days with them and I didn't want to leave.

danodayphotography.com.au

 

Photographer: Nadine Saacks Photography

Title: Perkal Brothers Pty Ltd
Design and retouching:  Monika Yuliana
Printed by Momento

A story of two brothers separated during the Holocaust who thought each other dead. Morris escaped to Russia where he was a boot maker for 6 years. Adam hid in Germany until he was captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp. He was imprisoned until 1945 when the camp was liberated by the Americans. Both brothers arrived in Australia within two years of each other and reconnected by chance after almost a decade of separation.

They opened a boot shop together and have been inseparable ever since. The Perkal brothers have been making boots together for 62 years.

They have made boots for Queen Elizabeth II, The Bee Gees, Sammy Davis Jr, Kerry Packer and The Beatles.

nadinesaacks.com

 

Photographer: James Morgan

Title: China and a Gold Chair in the Middle of the Road
Design : Nicholas Cary @ Thought Assembly
Printed by Press Print

James Morgan's book, China and a Gold Chair in the Middle of the Road, explores the process of change, which is so evident in Melbourne's Chinese sister city, Tianjin. Morgan's portraits invoke the inevitable contradictions that arise between industrial and traditional China; illustrating the story of a city in flux by capturing images of both its people and landscape.

His pictures allude to narratives, provoking curious speculations that make this body of work both sustainable and alluring. These photographs, Morgan's true medium of communication, have a natural informality that seems to have been drawn from the people of Tianjin.

gallery.jamesmorgan.com.au

 

Photographer: David Dare Parker

Title: Cry Havoc
Printed at Momento

My work in Indonesia is a perfect example of the type of project I like to take on, stories within stories that come together to form a body of work.

During the past decade I have covered the Archipelago's extremes of poverty and wealth, corruption, tensions, the ethnic and cultural diversity of its people and historic events, such as the fall of the Suharto regime after 32 years in power and the re-birth of a nation with East Timor bravely voting for its independence. Cry Havoc represents a large part of that body of work.

daviddareparker.photoshelter.com


 

Photographer: Danielle Pocock

Title: There Is Something Definitely Queer About This Town
Printed by Blurb

In a country where one third of the population sees homosexuality as immoral, Queensland is seen as the most homophobic state. There Is Something Definitely Queer About This Town is a typology of 14 members of the LGBTQI community; their stories, and what it feels like to be queer in Brisbane in 2012. Each person's story has three parts; a photographic portrait, a self-portrait drawing and quotes which discuss queer identity, authenticity, homophobia and pride.

daniellepocock.com


Photographer: Paul Blackmore
 

Title: At Water's Edge
Design: Sharon Little
Retouching: Ghinny Lau
Published by T&G Publishing

At Water's Edge explores the relationship between humanity and its most vital natural resource. This extraordinary body of work “ spanning 11 years and 14 countries “ provides a global look at how water flows through the spiritual and physical daily lives of people around the world.

The photographs poignantly illustrate the unfolding drama of the global water crisis and how it is affecting those caught up in it: a billion people without access to clean water, another four billion without an adequate supply. Against this dire backdrop, the work also celebrates the quiet, yet essential connection with nature that water offers us.

paulblackmore.com

 


Photographer: Robert Cameriere

Title: Sicilia
Retouching: Robert Cameriere
Design : Glace Graphic Design

This project was born in Melbourne Australia in June 2006 after meeting the young Sicilian filmmaker Luca Vullo. Despite being raised at opposite ends of the world, we quickly discovered how instantly our roots and heritage connected us.

We talked of our love of Sicily, and discussed the ideas of how we could visually communicate our take on the real Sicily. We wanted to capture a behind the scenes look of modern Sicily, minus the stereotypes that tarnish and blanket her real beauty. Elements of these old stereotypes remain true, but modern day Sicily is a place where its people strive to reinvent it and their future, while maintaining its rich history and culture.

In this body of work you will find a little about who I am and where I come from. My intention was to capture the essence of Sicily. It has been a journey in which I saw the real Sicily first hand with my own eyes, without the 'where to guide'. It has been an emotional voyage of self-discovery that has reinforced my love and connection too this very special place.

I hope the images of its people, the characters, the landscape and the passion and raw emotions displayed in this book will somehow give a refreshing insight into Sicily of the past, today, and the possibilities of its new tomorrow.

robertcameriere.com

 

Photographer: Louise Hawson

Title: 52 Suburbs
Design: Di Quick
Published by UNSW Press Ltd

When Louise Hawson realised she was a stranger in her own city, she set herself a mission “ to explore and photograph one new Sydney suburb a week for a year. Originally presented as a weekly blog that developed a strong following among Sydneysiders as well as fans from across the world, 52 Suburbs reveals the Sydney beyond the postcard cliches of harbour and beaches “ places most tourists would never think to explore.

Inspirational, adventurous and eye-opening, 52 Suburbs captures the beauty of the burbs “ often contrasting the faded beauty of the built environment with the vibrancy of multicultural communities “ in a refreshingly unconventional way.

52suburbs.com

 

Photographer: Peter Eastway

Title: Black Ribbon and the Colour of Prayer
Printed by Momento

A collection of 108 images taken in Bhutan in late 2012. The number 108 has religious significance in Buddhist Bhutan. The images are in approximate chronological order and the book is designed as a visual diary of the journey.

petereastway.com


 

Photographer: Everlook Photography

Title: Transcending Words
Retouching: Everlook Photography
Design: Marianne Lim
Printed by Momento

A inspirational book filled with images from our travels around the world, complimented by quotes from famous figures.  The final product is intended as a large coffee-table-styled book.

everlookphotography.com


 

Photographer: Sarah Jenkins

Title: Oman - Under The Arabian Sun
Printed by Momento

The Sultanate of Oman is a country in The Arabian Gulf yet to fully embrace the modern world like its neighbour Dubai. During my few days in this mystical land, I experienced a taste of traditional Arabia, past and present around Muscat, Sharqiya and Al Dakhiliyah regions of the country.

A land where white-robed Omani men - young and old - saunter under cobalt blue skies; where old-world culture and desert villages that have existed for hundreds of years shimmer under the intense heat of the Arabian sun.

signaturebook.com.au


 


Photographer: Michael Kai

Title: The World Is Yours
Design: Micha Kumpf
Printed by Momento

Book Description:Commissioned photography is photography designed for a specific purpose, usually to tell or to sell us something. Consequently, its visual language tends toward familiar, unambiguous imagery; blue skies, smiling faces, busy city streets.

By contrast, The World Is Yours explores the unplanned, the unconventional and the unexpected. Captured over a period of ten years' work and travel, the images in this collection combine the characteristic precision, clean lines and bold colours of Michael's professional work with an offbeat, quirky sensibility and the spontaneity of documentary photography.

Echoing Rene Magritte, the images are framed and presented in groups of four. Skylines, landscapes, humans and animals, the commonplace and the surreal sit comfortably side by side, their proximity and common threads of colour suggesting an additional layer of meaning.

In this way, The World Is Yours presents a series of spontaneously captured, visually engaging images and leaves the rest as a riddle. The viewer is invited to explore photographs rather than interpret them, to uncover their stories and shared themes, and to take a fresh perspective on the everyday.

michaelkai.net

 

Photographer: Paul Blackmore

Title: At Water's Edge
Design: Sharon Little
Retouching: Ghinny Lau
Published by T&G Publishing

Book Description: At Water's Edge explores the relationship between humanity and its most vital natural resource. This extraordinary body of work “ spanning 11 years and 14 countries “ provides a global look at how water flows through the spiritual and physical daily lives of people around the world.

The photographs poignantly illustrate the unfolding drama of the global water crisis and how it is affecting those caught up in it: a billion people without access to clean water, another four billion without an adequate supply. Against this dire backdrop, the work also celebrates the quiet, yet essential connection with nature that water offers us.

paulblackmore.com

 

Photographer: Ben McRae

Title: Chasing Tjanongombe
Printed by Momento

Chasing Tjanongombe is a book that documents our time with one Himba family in northern Namibia.

The book is a culmination of 5 years of travels to the area which saw us be totally immersed in the Himba culture and to experience many different facets of their lives and culture.

The narrative and images explores the way in which the Himba balance traditional village life, their beliefs with an ever encroaching western beliefs and medicine that dictates how the villages chief (Tjanongombe) is treated in his battle with cancer

benmcraephotography.com

 

Title: Interview With A Cockatoo (Or Two)

Retouching: Jacob Ring
Design: Todd Sheldrick
Text: James Roden
Printed by Momento

Interview With A Cockatoo (Or Two) is a portrait book of Wild Australian Native Cockatoos photographed over two years. The Cockatoos all show wonderful characters and expressions.

I imagined what it would be like to 'Interview' The Cockatoos. It's a playful notion that the cockies can't speak our language so instead they answer each question with their expression, body language and markings. It is ultimately a format to celebrate these beautiful birds while also using our imagination to think how they would respond to the interview.

leilajeffreys.com

 

Photographer: Peter Whyte

Title: Near Death + Imagined Landscapes
Text: Ashley Crawford
Printed by Blurb

"Near Death" investigates the structural beauty of dying botanical specimens. These objects are very familiar to the point of iconic in their living state. But as death nears, their structural complexity and beauty is accentuated.

"Imagined Landscapes" explores further the notion of landscape. I attempt to create landscapes in my studio, manipulating my palette of variables - light, shadow, form. While these 'Imagined Landscapes' are devoid of specific place, they possess the familiarity and soul of somewhere I feel I have been.

I produced this book after a solo exhibition at Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne, September 2012.

peterwhytephotography.com

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