Photobook Bristol 2016: The Last Post!

Photobook Bristol 2016 is over and was simply wonderful. We are emotionally attached to the event, but it was a truly memorable festival for so many reasons with  great talks, great people and so many different perspectives given. And there were quite a few stand out moments!

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The weekend started with Amak Mahmoodian talking about her beautiful book, Shenasnameh. Her talk started with a clip of old Iranian movies which cut through the clichés of representation of the country. She went on to describe her working process, for all her projects and then the ways in which the identity photograph of the Iranian Shenasnameh (which is a kind of Iranian Birth Certificate/Domestic Passport) is used. The book is connected very closely to the different ways in which photography is used in formal settings and how those uses reflect politics, culture, violence and power. But above all, it is a book that is personal, autobiographical and filled with a passion and love that transcends the subject matter.

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James Barnor: “My advice to young photographers : fall in love with books.”

We are delighted that James Barnor, whose book Ever Young details his extraordinary career in Ghana and beyond, will be speaking at Photobook Bristol 2016.  James never shot his own projects. Instead his work demonstrates the power that photojournalism and commercial work can have in the right hands, with pictures that read like a history of post-colonial Ghana as seen through the cultural, political and fashion figures of the day.

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