PHOTOGRAPHY ZINES AND BOOKS NO: 56

 

Waiting Under Southern Skies by Colin Abbott

Who?

Colin Abbott is Australian photographer based in Melbourne. Beginning photography in the 1970s, he has been over the decades an avid documenter of everyday life.

What?

Waiting Under Southern Skies is a selection of  Colin’s personal archival works spanning 50 years of photographing Australia, as he saw it. It is an intimate narrative of people and places during a period of immense social change in the country. Feel the book’s introduction by Dr. Doug Spowart summed it up correctly, “If you do not have distinctive memories of this era you may see these images as a time capsule. Abbot’s observations reveal a range of insights connected to contemporary contexts: culture and fashion, the nature of suburban streets and the civic front porch from which society observed the passing parade of life.” Personally being in the latter, the book immediately conjured parallels to the Australia New Wave film movement that overlaps the period of work represented in the book.

Why?

The book spans everything from the election of the Whitlam Government in December 1972 that brought about the end of conscription, changes to education, health, women’s issues, social services, and the start of environmental protection. Many of his projects have become regarded as important social documents while remaining completely aesthetically viable.

Details.

Book Size: 195 mm wide × 261 mm deep
Pages: 64 pages
Binding: Hard Cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 978-0-9873050-7-7

Where?

You can buy the book direct from the publisher here for 25 Euro.

 

 

Clouds by Glen Snyder

Who?

Glen Snyder is a Tokyo based photographer. I came across his work from former visual interviewee Joel Pulliam in one of his Void Tokyo features.

What?

Clouds is a fairly concise photo project shot around the same location along the Tama river over the span of three years. Although the people going in and out of his frame provide the dynamism, it really is as the title suggests about the clouds and from page to page their meditative play.

Why?

Why not, as it is a very simple mediative concept steeped with history. I recently shot a short film in traditional 4:3 aspect ratio in long shot along the Arakawa river with a similar concept. It is a concept that is a prominent motif in Ozu Yasujiro films, riding along these city flood river zones that remain timeless. Unlike Ozu or even my short, he differentiates by focusing on the clouds that is the upper two thirds of his frames for its drama.

Where?

There still are a few copies of Clouds left in stock. Limited to 40 copies he had an exhibition in Tokyo to promote it last November, so very few copies left. To order, DM the photographer direct here via his Instagram.

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Thanks to our two guests for their submissions, it is a really cool thing to be able to share them all with you. And remember, this is open to everyone. If you would like to have your zines or books featured then all you have to do is mail me. Hopefully there will be plenty more of you who want to get your books and zines out there to the world. Another installment will be coming soon.

Thanks,

JCH