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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Laura El-Tantawy’s Postscript: What if Everything is Staged?


One of the speakers we’re most excited about at Photobook Bristol this year is Laura El-Tantawy. Laura self-published her visually powerful account of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising in Egypt, In the Shadow of the Pyramids last year.

What is different about Laura is the way she has surpassed this work, and has begun to reflect on the way that photography becomes wrapped with memory, history and mythology. In Tahrir Square, photography was not an abstract tool of record, rather it may have been part of the founding myths of the revolution, and intricately linked to the ways in which people performed for the revolution. Continue reading “Laura El-Tantawy’s Postscript: What if Everything is Staged?”