2018 Programme

Talking Culture

Auckland Central Library • 1 June
12 - 3
Open to all, free event, you are invited to share some wonderful international and New Zealand photography stories, meet the artists, explore themes, discuss designs of the book themselves. Held on a winter's Friday afternoon, presented informally for education on all things photobook – including meet with key international practitioners & NZ photobook editors and publishers. Confirmed key speakers – Gwen Lee, curator + founder DECK, (Singapore) will discuss “Steidl Book Award Asia,” held in April 2016 at Singapore's photography-focused independent art space, DECK. Supported by Asia NZ Foundation. Paula Yeatman, book editor (New Zealand) – ‘Every Picture Tells A Story', is presenting on behalf of the late Jocelyn Carlin, photographer. Paula is a noted speaker who will talk about the book and Jocelyn's career. Dr Kriselle Baker, Baker+Douglas Publishing, (New Zealand) discusses her latest NZ publications. 10 minute break - Alejandro Chaskielberg, artist (Argentina) will introduce his book ‘Otsuchi Future Memories’ and the new work on the El Hoyo Labrynth of Patagonia in his recently published book, Labertino. Supported by Argentinian Foreign Office. Enrico Stefanelli, PhotoLux director (Italy), presents his Photoboox Award, PhotoLux, Italy – Submission for the PhotoBoox Award is free of charge to enter and open to all photographers or collectives, professionals and non, from all countries. Entries are submitted as a physical paper dummy, complete in every aspect (including texts and graphic design). Winner is published by Ceiba (previous Festival key note photographers Sam Harris and Mayumi Suzuki are published by Ceiba). Enrico is at the 2018 Festival supported by Leica. Pending confirmation - Woong Soak Teng (Singapore) artist shares a 'Ways to Tie Trees' photobook talk. Steidl Book Award Asia winner. (Singapore Arts Council TBC) Each speaker has 25 minutes including Q + A.
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium • 3 June
12pm - 1245pm
Auckland Festival of Photography presents Steven V-L Lee. Steven is a Malaysian freelance photographer based in London, UK. He began his photographic career as a documentary and travel photographer in the late 90's when began writing travel related articles for magazines and journals. In 2000, he published his first coffee-table book titled Outside Looking In : Kuala Lumpur, which received the Asian Prize at PhotoCity Sagamihara Festival of the Image, Japan in 2007. Part of the collection is held with the City of Sagamihara National Photographic Archives. His commercial portraiture and fashion work has graced the covers of License! Europe, Country Club UK and Masterpiece and Asiana magazines. In 2002, he was approached by AntiSlavery International UK to photograph specially prepared Indian recipes by Chattar Singh of Rajasthan for a fund raiser book titled A Taste for Freedom. In 2007 he published his second coffee-table book MALAYSIANS. In 2008, MUSEO, comprising a collection of black & white abstract studies of antiquities, statuary and architecture photographed in Europe from 2001 - 2005 is now available as a print-on-demand publication. LUMINA is his current book released in 2011. In 2008, Steven was involved in portfolio reviews at Cultivate, a Rhubarb-Rhubarb initiative for graduates in Photography, to prepare and guide them in portfolio preparation and exhibitions. He has also introduced the basics of photography to inner-city kids in Borough of Camden in a Local Authority regeneration initiative and recently began slphotoworks, a workshop-based initiative. Steven is also the co-founder of Lightgallery gallery in the UK In 2009, Steven initiated the KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL PHOTOAWARDS, an annual international portrait photography competition centred in Malaysia, focussing on the best in contemporary portrait photography and has attracted the participation of some top international photographers. Steven continues to run photography educational workshops through EXPOSURE+ Photo Mentoring platform in Kuala Lumpur with other photographers, and has been a portfolio reviewer at the Mt Rokko International Photography Festival in Kobe, Japan from 2013 to 2017. Includea a Q + A with the audience.

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