New Zealand is having its first photobook festival in history; ‘Photobook New Zealand 2016’. Independent and established photographers as well as publishers from Mexico to Asia will be exhibiting their collections. PSC course director, Daniel Boetker Smith and PSC teacher Ying Ang, will be the prime keynote speakers for the event, presenting their expertise in making and distributing photobooks, as well as marketing them across the world.
As many of you may already know, Daniel also acts as the Director of Melbourne’s Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive – not-for-profit, open access archive of self-published and independent photobooks that has grown to a total of 1000 books. Daniel will be bringing over a broad collection from all parts of the Asia-Pacific region, most never seen before in NZ. He will talk specifically about the recent emergence and development of the photobook in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on a number of collectives and organisations making a mark internationally.
Ying Ang’s own photobook ‘Gold Coast’ was the winner of the New York Photo Festival book prize and the Encontros Da Imagem book prize in 2014. Also nominated for the Prix Pictet Prize in 2015, the book will be presented at the festival. She is a prolific photographer who has had her books listed in Flak Photo, Lensculture and Magnum Photos. Also acting as the curator for the upcoming Obscura Foto Festival in Penang.
We are delighted about our students having access to such influential mentors in the industry. Daniel and Ying both have prolific careers in the field of photography and are happy to guide those at PSC when it comes to enriching their artistic abilities and careers.