Photobook Melbourne

Words - J Forsyth Photos - Courtesy of Photobook Melbourne. 

Photos, books, photos, books. PhotoBook Melbourne brings artists, collectors, sellers, makers and anyone else who likes books with photos in them together to get a collective boner.

There is ALOT going on so here's a few highlights.  Other openings and events will be in Wreck Yo'Self, our weekly 'what's on' and will be bringing you photos of the events over the coming days.


Courtesy of Jack Shelton and PhotoBook Melbourne. Image from his series California.


WHAT: Melbourne Photobook Fair

Where: Centre for Contenporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy

When: 11am - 5pm 14 - 15 February


Why: to get your hands of first editions, new publications with a pop-up gallery to keep you going.

sam wong_2Courtesy of Sam Wong and PhotoBook Melbourne.


WHAT: Jordan Madge Backwoods

When: Opening Saturday 14 February, 5pm – 7pm

Where: Lindberg Gallery, 67 Cambridge Street Collingwood, running from 12 – 28 February 2015.

Why: “In the Mountains the air was quiet where he lived alone in solitude, for thirty something years.”


WHAT: Katrin Koenning Indefinitely

When: Saturday 14 February, 5pm – 7pm

Where: James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood.

Why: "Indefinitely is about love and a seemingly infinite space that is, in fact, filled to the rim with all kinds of things".


WHAT: Sarah Pannell East of the Euphrates

When: Saturday 14 February, 3pm – 5pm

Where: Neospace 7 Campbell Street, Collingwood, 12 – 22 February 2015.

Why: "This series does not seek to illustrate the deeply complex current political situation in Turkey nor its turbulent history, but rather express the beauty and unique nature of a seriously misunderstood and unrecognised region of Turkey"


WHAT: Jackson Eaton Better Half

When: Friday 14, 3pm - 6pm

Where: Minanoie, 33 Peel Street, Collingwood.

Why: This launch event marks the first showing of the work in Melbourne and a chance to obtain a signed copy of the limited edition publication.


WHAT: Jack Shelton LA Opening

When: Tuesday 17 February, 6pm – 8pm

Where: 34 – 40 Jane Bell Lane Melbourne.

Why: LA – NY Having successfully Collaborated on the 2013 project ‘Rain’ Jack Shelton and Sam Wong team up again to show their take on opposing sides of the US. A colourful southern California set against a Stark Black and White New York. The project will take form of a Publication and Exhibition.

Sarah Pannell 01 Courtesy of Sarah Pannell and PhotoBook Melbourne. Image from the ‘East of the Euphrates’ series.


WHAT: Glen Sloggett Fibro Dreams

When: Thursday 12 February, 6pm – 8pm. Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm

Where: Strange Neighbour 395 – 397 Gore St Fitzroy.

Why: "The book Fibro Dreams is a love story about being sad and lonely."


WHAT: Wouter van de Voorde  (Hume) Sunrise

When: Friday 12 February, 6pm – 8pm, 5 – 28 February, Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm. Saturday 1pm – 4pm.

Where: Colour Factory, 409 – 429 Gore Street Fitzroy.

Why: "The scene sits down as minutes flock by. A silent wale of the wind bombards through without rustling a blade of grass "Alexander Norton


WHAT: Robert Zhao Renhui A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World

When: 12 February – 19 April. Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm.

Where: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George St, Fitzroy.

Why: "A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World seeks to document and reflect on the myriad of ways in which human action and intervention are slowly altering the natural world. It presents a catalogue of curious creatures and life-forms that have evolved in often unexpected ways"

Wouter van de Voorde-01 (1)Courtesy of Wouter van de Voorde and PhotoBook Melbourne. Image from Wouter van de Voorde’s series Hume Sunrise.


WHAT: The Library Project Collection

When: 12 – 22 February.

Where: Photography Studies College, 65 City Road Southbank.

Why: Angel Luis Gonzalez will present a selection of the best books from The Library Project collection.


WHAT: Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation

When:  13 – 22 February. Photo Book Awards Opening Friday 13 February, 6pm – 8pm.

Where: The Baron Said, 83 Kerr Street, Fitzroy.

Why: Initiated in November 2011, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photo book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. 


Courtesy of Jack Shelton and PhotoBook Melbourne. Image from his series California