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Finalists 2016

 
Rannoch by Simon Devitt -   J O I N T  W I N N E R
Touchy by Evangeline Davis -   J O I N T   W I N N E R
As the Road Bends by Blair Barclay -   C O M M E N D E D
Duplex City by Blair Kitchener -   C O M M E N D E D
Watching the fishes go by by Niki Boon P E O P L E ' S   C H O I C E
Conversations With My Mother by Shelley Ashford
R&S Satay Noodle House by Sally Young
Soap and Water by Bronwyn McKenzie

Someone's Mana by Michael Krzanich + Hatje Cantz
The Shops by Peter Black + Luncheon Sausages Books


 

J O I N T   W I N N E R


Rannoch
Photography by
Simon Devitt
simondevitt.com

 
Design by InHouse Design
Printed by Everbest, China
Pages 240
Edition of 1000
Size 165mm x 207mm

ISBN 978 0 473 37228 6
RRP Standard Edition NZ$90.00, Limited Edition NZ$500
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Artist Description
Simon Devitt (b.1973) is a photographer born on a bed of pine needles to a high priestess. He is based New Zealand where he lectures in Photography of Architecture at the University of Auckland, and his practice focus is architecture.
 
Book Description

It has been said that someone's home is an outward expression of what lies within. Rannoch, a gracious Arts and Crafts style property on the side of Auckland's Mt Eden volcano, exudes the character, energy and passions of its current resident, Sir James Wallace, one of New Zealand's biggest arts patrons. Wallace began purchasing and commissioning works in the 1960s and his collection now numbers in excess of 8000 pieces.

This book juxtaposes a wide breadth of contemporary New Zealand art practice with the elegant, century-old interior and exterior spaces of the Rannoch estate, and acknowledges Rannoch's unique position in the history of New Zealand Art.


Judges' Comment
A thoughtful architectural essay marrying an exploration of the building with an intimate portrait of Wallace's life within the space.

Classic architectural voyeurism that poetically presents the mores of the house and its inhabitants. The art collection, the collector and his minions draw a picture of almost Victorian misé-on-scene and class.

The choice of paper and multiple page sizes is visually interesting, as it creates a nice object to touch as well as one with distinction.

Printing onto absorbent stock emphasises the dark, atmospheric nature of Devitt's photographs – they appear to disappear and be absorbed into the page, leaving a sense of mystery and intrigue.

A portrait of a collector that uses visual elision and metaphor. The artist thought closely about his approach before starting the book.

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Touchy
Photography by Evangeline Davis
evangelinedavis.com
 
Design by Evangeline Davis

Printing by Wakefields Digital
Binding by Wakefields Digital
Pages 128
Edition of 10
Size 130mm x 170mm
RRP POA
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Artist Description
Evangeline's practice explores aspects of girlhood, self-expression and escapism. Through intimacy she captures the female form in order to challenge homogeneity and embrace a continuum. Photographing post-pubescent perspectives of femininity, her work surpasses the struggle and shame of conformist ideals of beauty, to celebrate diversity. She uses analogue photography and autobiographical methodologies to create personal narratives and fantasies.

 
Book Description
Western Culture is saturated with digitally manipulated images that represent a distorted reality, with many depicting an 'ideal' able-bodied, light-skinned, unblemished female; passive and superficial. Touchy confronts this distorted reality, challenging homogeneity by capturing post-pubescent perspectives of femininity that transcends conformist ideals of beauty and celebrates diversity.

Judges' Comment
A well resolved and carefully edited project. The design playfully uses repetition, modulating close ups, full bleed images and two page spreads to present multiple narrative threads.

This book carries out its mission to the core. There's an abundance of meticulous seeing, vigorous seeking of people and places, as well as skills in photography. It’s honest and brutal without bruising. Hip and desirable without losing its connection with a tangible self.



 


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C O M M E N D E D

Duplex City
Photography by Blair Kitchener
blairkitchener.com

 
Design by Blair Kitchener & Teun van der Heijden
Pages 92
Edition of 38
Size 210mm x 290mm
RRP NZ$50.00

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Artist Description
Blair is an advertising and fashion photography assistant, who enjoys producing inexpensive zines and photobooks. His work focuses on documenting minorities in society including: the expat neighbourhood and drag queens in Seoul; indie bands in Malaysia; and street cats. In 2015, Kitchener participated in the RPS Photo Masterclass Japan, with Yumi Goto, where this publication began.
 
Book Description
Duplex City focuses on the residents and streets of the Haebangchon neighbourhood (Freedom Village) in Seoul, Korea. Once a refuge for North Koreans after the Korean War, today it is home to a large expat community of South-East Asians, Eastern Europeans, Africans and North Americans. The photographs are observations from the past few years while living in the area, while the book deals with themes of identity, freedom / barriers and impermanence.

Judges' Comment
A complex interweaving of visual narratives, achieved through disciplined editing and design. Great tactility. Exceptional photography. International appeal. A book in which the design mirrors the complexity of the culture and lifestyles that are its subject.

Smart, sharp, global and local views of cross-cultural experiences, packaged in a spectacular collage of book making. A book where the self-conscious act of photographing is almost invisible and the design skilfully imitates the chaos of the life depicted.

The physicality of this publication is experimental. The different page sizes and paper stocks combined with different image combinations, present a playfully designed object.


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As the Road Bends
Photography by Blair Barclay
blairbarclay.com
 
Design by Blair Barclay
Pages
92
Edition of 20
Size 170mm x 220mm
RRP POA

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Artist Description
Blair Barclay is a Christchurch based photographer, who specialises in documentary photography. He holds a BFA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally.

Book Description
The photos were taken between 2007-2015 when my granddad lived and worked on his farm, an hour outside Christchurch. Growing up his stories of the WWII always filled me with a sense of awe but as I grew older I began to realise the impact the events had on his life. My aim is to show granddad's search for peace near the end of his life, his attachment to his place and the solace he found there.

Judges' Comment
Good photography and good photobooks take time, and this beautiful piece was created over 8 years. It is a strong and classic portrait of an ageing man, exploring his life and the complex histories of the times in which he lived.  The introductory essay is well written, lending a strong personal touch, and the images are tender and evocative.

This is a personal narrative expressed in the form of a book. The story is of the photographer’s discovery of another generation, and it is told with integrity. The photographs are fantastic as they strongly portray the subject, the photographer's grandfather, and reveal an unexpected story.

As The Road Bends contains the seeds of a bigger project.


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Watching the fishes go by
Photography by Niki Boon
nikiboonphotos.com


 
Printed by Momento Pro
Binding by Momento Pro
Pages 60
Edition of 1
Size 297mm x 210mm
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Artist Description
Born in North Island of New Zealand, I was originally trained as a Physiotherapist and spent 6 years working both in New Zealand and the UK. It was when I stopped working after my second child that I rekindled a passion for photography.

Book Description
Boon lives a simple life in rural New Zealand. Her children are alternatively educated and live without TV or modern electronic devices, a lifestyle that may seem unconventional to many. She celebrates and documents their daily life in a natural environment and their world of uninhibited play. The photographs are a physical record of their childhood and a reflection of their childhood that is rooted deeply in her own past, a most sincere place of freedom, a childhood I now pass on to my own children.

Judges’ Comment
Exceptional photography. This book simply and effectively delivers an evocation of childhood, reminiscent of Sally Mann, but with greater gentleness and intimacy. It shows that with strong images design best operates as an invisible partner.

The photographs alone lured us into this book. It’s like Sally Mann but then it isn’t. It is a story, with snippets of real life mixed in. The photographs have an energy that is generally lacking in lives lived in town. Strong and dynamic photos of the author's children express a joy of a life in the country with simple pleasures.


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The Shops
Photography by Peter Black
peterblackphotos.com

 
Published by Luncheon Sausage Books
Essay by Steve Braunias
Design by Katrina Duncan
Printed by 101, China
Pages 116
Edition of 1000
Size 210mm x 250mm

ISBN 978 0 908 689 941
RRP NZ$45.00
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Artist Description
Peter Black has been photographing New Zealand's social landscape for over 30 years, making images that are acutely aware of the humanity of his subjects and the fictional nature of photography.

Book Description
The Shops focuses on the human mark on generations of shops that have opened and closed doors, hand-painted signs and facades, and the pathos and beauty of decay. Influenced by Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, the book pays homage to the formal qualities of colour and architecture of New Zealand shops. It rejects Kiwiana and the rockstar economy.

Judges' Comment
In the great New Zealand tradition, this book through text and profoundly through photographs, shows evidence of a time where life was simpler and naïve, which now, through the passage of time and our gentrified view of the contemporary world, is rendered shambolic and quaint.

A pairing of incisive personal text from the best gonzo journalist and best senior street photographer in New Zealand. It adds up to a book that cuts deeply into the psyche of what it is to be growing up in this country and what the country may be growing up into.

A rare art book that takes us several notches into the largely uncharted territory of understanding ourselves.


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Conversations With My Mother
Photography by Shelley Ashford
shelleyashford.co.nz

 
Design by Shelley Ashford & Harrison Sarsfield
Printed by Centurion Print
Binding by The Binding Studio
Pages 54
Edition of 10
Size 210mm x 210mm
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Artist Description
Ashford is a 4th year undergraduate at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland. She enjoys the immediacy of photography to capture a sense of the presence left behind in our familial, treasured items overlaying a sense of time past with the present viewing. Photobooks present these narratives beautifully furthering the idea of the printed photograph as an object.

Book Description
Conversations With My Mother is part of an installation for my graduation exhibition titled, Unnatural Mother. My mother was judged by peers for committing the ultimate crime of motherhood - leaving her husband and children to pursue her own life and search for happiness. This did not fit in with the social constructs of that time or the world in which she was raised.

Judges' Comment
This book is a poetic visualisation of memory. While humble in production, it evokes a great emotional response. It's a book mystery, and a journey to understand a mother's control.

Nice to see a purposeful mix of photographic and archival content. The material quality and content together reflect a clear guiding concept of artifactuality.


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Soap and Water
Photography by Bronwyn McKenzie
whitecliffe.ac.nz


Design by Bronwyn McKenzie
Pages 40
Edition of 10
RRP  POA

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Artist Description
McKenzie is studying a Master of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland. Her curiosity lies in photographing her immediate world, oddities of everyday life, and narratives of her urban and rural community. A direct relationship with her subject matter is something she greatly values. Her interest lies beyond the social conventions of 'celebratory family moments' to observing challenging, mundane or overlooked moments. Sequencing and image editing are also a fascination as she explores the domain of the photobook.

Book Description
This book/zine is based on a personal family narrative, but the aim is to engage in broader conversations around narrative through a visually compelling exchange. Motherhood, children on the cusp of adolescence, the Ebola outbreak in Africa and myths of popular culture are some of the themes exploreed.

Judges' Comment
A book that enmesses two stories — the reality of the news media inspired world and the make-believe created in the minds of young people.

This book conveys something personal, yet exotic and unusual. It captures something about immigration and the culture shock associated with it. It opens up something of people and place in the photographs in ways that we have not seen before.

The material quality, especially the page size and paper choice add greatly to the experience of the visual narrative, and the reading of the photographic content.


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Someone's Mana
Photography by
Michael Krzanich
michaelkrzanich.com


Edited by Witi Ihimaera & Nadine Barth
Published by Hatje Cantz (Germany)
Design by Offsetdruckerei Karl Grammlich GmbH

Pages 160
Edition of 2000
Size 300mm x 250mm

ISBN: 978 064 6944 104
RRP: AU$85.00
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Artist Description
Kranich is an artistic photographer born in New Zealand now based in Melbourne. He was a finalist in the 2015 Bowness Prize with 'South', an image from Someone's Mana. Working mainly in colour film: large (8x10) and medium format (6x7), and instant photography. My focus has been on the way particular people live; their internal and external environments, their past and present situation, and how this transfers emotionally through the image I choose to capture. 

Book Description
The term 'mana' can mean a supernatural force in a person, place, or inanimate object in particular cultures. In Maori culture, mana is a measure of influence, authority, charisma, or spiritual power. Mana can also be reduced through wrong doing, and this diminished state gives it a darkness as well. The carefully chosen images in the book serve the purpose of suggesting a contemporary view of the entity of mana. As they were taken mainly in remote regions of New Zealand, there was time to listen to stories, understand someone's life and the place where they now live. These very personal narratives remain safely locked within the chosen images, but the theme of the book draws on us to try to imagine it in what we see. Where is the mana? 

Judges’ Comment
Publication with a respected international publisher is a notable achievement. This strong investigation of the cultural meanings of Mana, through photographs of people, land and place, successfully weaves together personal histories, literature and cultural knowledge.

By combining photographs with text and poetry (supplied by creative collaborators) this book generates a mysterious energy at each page turn. Its photographic voice seems genuinely East Coast, with many elements and voices of the inhabitants represented.

NZPOTY

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R&S Satay Noodle House
Photography by Sally Young
sallyyoungphotography.weebly.com


Printed by Wakefields Digital
Binding by Wakefields Digital
Pages 57
Edition of 3

RRP POA
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Artist Description
My photography expands over many different genres including documentary photography. I am interested in different cultures and their worldview. My focus is to make people aware of other cultures and their perspectives. 

Book Description
For so long people have been portrayed in a very stereotypical way, as said by Shelby Lee Adams 'stop making judgments and experience life'. My project is to explore Asian culture and traditions in authentic styled restaurants. My aim was to explore the wall displays, the objects and floor plan of the restaurant. My goal was to capture the things that made it stereotypically authentic - such as the waving cat, Asian fans, and posters. I also aimed to capture the contrast between European and Asian culture within the restaurant. 

Judges’ Comment
While modest in production and design, the strength of this book is in the personal and strongly expressed sequence of photographs.

The relationship between scale and content is well resolved making the simple production appropriate for the story.


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Judges
 
Jonty Valentine of Index + The National Grid
Layla Tweedie-Cullen of split/fountain
Prof Anne Noble of Massey University
Haru Sameshima of Rim Books
Ron Brownson of Auckland Art Gallery
Doug Spowart of Cooper + Spowart