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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10 Reasons to Come to Photobook Bristol



The countdown begins. It’s less than two months to Photobook Bristol and tickets are going fast. So book now if you want to come to the festival where music, food, books and photography intertwine in the most delightful way.

And if you’re looking for reasons to come, here are ten of them.

  1. Great Speakers: Mark Power, Laura El-Tantawy, Ania Naleçka, Max Pinckers, Krass Clement, Sonia Berger, Mariela Sancari, Julian Germain, Dragana Jurisic, Amak Mahmoodian, James Barnor, Martin Parr, David Solo, Yumi Goto, Craig Atkinson, Ivars Gravlejs, Olivia Arthur and Ken Grant.

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Mariela Sancari: In conversation with Jessa Fairbrother


Mariela Sancari (Argentina) made the photobook Moisés, which received widespread critical acclaim. The work – part yearning, part fictional construction, is a series of portraits of 70-year-old men she does not know, taking the place of her father in photographic actions. He had killed himself when she and her twin-sister were 14 and they were not allowed to see their father’s body. The men she shows us in Moisés are 70 years of age – the age her father would have been if he were alive when she embarked on the project. Continue reading “Mariela Sancari: In conversation with Jessa Fairbrother”