The Natural Collection at the Monash Gallery of Art

I am really excited to announce that the Photobook Club’s ‘Natural Collection’ which now includes over 40 books, will be heading to the Monash Gallery of Art in Australia to be displayed as part of the ‘Light Reading’ exhibition and in conjunction with Photobook Melbourne.

nat_col_montage1The show, which celebrates the relationship between reading and photography will run until 1st March 2015. The Natural Collection will be available to see (and touch and read!) from mid January onwards but an exact date will be posted shortly.


Thanks to all who have submitted work so far to the collection, to co-curator Lucy Johnson who I have worked on this project with and to Stephanie Richter of the Monash Gallery for the collection invitation.

Before more information is available, here are a few images from the collection…



Natural Collection: 

Light Reading Exhibition: 

Photobook Melbourne Festival: 


The Photobook Club Canberra, A Report

It is always good to hear how various Photobook Club branches run events and what discussion arise, particularly for those wishing to start a club. This report here is from Sean Davey, Projects and Education Manager at PhotoAccess and PBC Canberra organizer:

The second Canberra Photobook Club Meet-Up was held at PhotoAccess in the ACT on Saturday 9 February. We had ten people for the event and fewer books than the first meet-up, which enabled the discussion of each book to be greater and more in-depth. The group was keen to discuss numerous areas of photography, from observation and surveillance to photographers’ intentions and aspects of photojournalism.

Highlights included “It’s beautiful here, isn’t it….” by Luigi Ghirri, “The Dusseldorf School of Photography” by Stefan Gronert, and “Saul Leiter” by Steidl. We had allowed two hours for book introductions and discussion, but we ran well over time. After a short break for lunch the group gathered in the PhotoAccess Multimedia Room to watch the documentary “How to make a book with Steidl” (thanks must go to Ingo Fleiss for allowing us to give a public screening of his film). The Canberra Photobook Club will have another meet-up in the coming months when we receive the “Box of Books” that is making its way around the world! We look forward to it.

– Sean Davey


The ‘Box of Books’ in Dublin and a Meetup in Canberra

Just a very brief post. Have been in Ireland over the last few days and very privileged to be invited to talk at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin to a 50 strong book club in attendance. It was also an opportunity to bring over the box of books and to take them to the pub to continue discussions.

More images soon but for now…

The Box of Books hit the pub!

In other news, the Photobook Club Canberra, run by Sean Davey will host a meetup this Saturday at PhotoAcces. See here for all the juicy details, or below:

PhotoAccess will host a second Photobook Club Meet-Up on Saturday 9 February from 10am to 1pm.

The meet-up is free and a light morning tea will be served (by donation).

If you are interested in coming along to the meet-up, please bring along one or two of your favourite photobooks to introduce and share with the group.

Please RSVP to

For more information go to PhotoAccess on Facebook


Dates Announced for Meetups in Australia 2013

Thanks to the Photobook Club Canberra’s Sean Davey for sharing this good news on meetups to be held at PhotoAccess;

PhotoAccess will host two Photobook meet ups in the first half of 2013. Our Photobook Meet Up gives photographers and photography enthusiasts alike the opportunity to share their favourite photography books, as well as the potential to discover new ones. Each participant will be asked to introduce one of the books they bring to the group meeting and to talk a little about why it inspires and influences them.

These events will run on the following dates from 10am-2pm. They are free but please bring your own light lunch.

Saturday 9 February 2013
Saturday 29 June 2013

To register your interest, pop Sean an email.

A previous Meet-up at PhotoAccess Canberra, Images courtesy Sean Davey

Photobook Meet-up #2: Canberra, Australia

I was chuffed to bits when Sean Davey from PhotoAccess, Australia got in touch recently to let me know of a Photo Book Meet-up happening at the PhotoAccess Gallery, Canberra, Australia. And really pleased to here it was such a success.

It seems that amongst many books, John Gossage’s ‘The Pond’ stuck out as a memorable discussion point, something I shall keep in mind!

When Sean and the folks at PhotoAccess hold another meet-up I shall add the event to the map, and notify all on the mailing list.

– Matt Johnston

Sean kindly sent through several images of the event:

Photobook Meet-up at PhotoAccess Canberra, Images courtesy Sean Davey