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Saturday 14 October 2017
Photobook Reviews
part of Volume Another Art Book Fair
with Thames & Hudson, Stephen Dupont + more


Sydney Photobook Reviews at Volume Another Art Book Fair


Apply by Wed 4 October 2017    |   Reviews on Sat 14 Oct 2017   |    $120 fee for successful applicants


Present your dummy book, photo series or page spreads to leading art book creators and publishing experts for invaluable feedback and advice in a series of 4 x 20 minute conversations.

The Reviews are for photographers with an existing photography project or photo book idea to learn about the process and pitfalls of book creation, production and publishing, from concept and funding, through to editing, design, print, pricing, distribution, selling and promotion. Our reviewers will help you refine ideas or photo selection, make layout and design suggestions, explain the impact of book formats and edition sizes, discuss budgets and advice on how to self or trade publish successfully.

Photographers must apply and submit a sample of their work and a project outline by 4 October to be in the running for one of 8 places.

Participants will be selected on the quality of their submission and compatibility with the reviewers’ interests and expertise. Early submissions will be given greater preference, so book early.


Important Dates

  • Fri 6 October:  Successful applicants will notified
  • Tue 10 October : $120 due from successful applicants. Reviews on
  • Sat 14 October:  Reviews at Volume Another Art Book Fair, Woolloomooloo, Sydney (11.00am - 2.00pm)


Photobook Reviewers

  • Kirsten Abbott of Thames & Hudson
  • Lee Grant
  • Daniel Boetker-Smith of PSC + Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
  • Ben Chadbond of Try Hard Editions
  • Doug Spowart

Full biographies below



How to apply


Email by 4pm on 4 October 2017 with the following:

  1. Your name, email, phone, website or social links
  2. Your biography (max 100 words)
  3. Your Project Outline (max 200 words)
  4. Attach or Hightail your project as:
  • A dummy or proof book design (PDF at 72dpi)
  • 10 - 15 page spreads (high quality JPEGs, 1200 pixels on longest side)
  • 15 - 20 images (high quality JPEGs, 1200 pixels on longest side)

You must also bring a printed copy of your work to the Photobook Review.


Reviewer Profiles


Kirsten Abbott


Kirsten Abbott is an experienced book publisher who recently joined the team at Thames & Hudson Australia to commission a series of illustrated non-fiction titles. In her previous role as Associate Publisher at Penguin Books, she masterminded successful lifestyle titles including Zoe Foster and Jane Webster, and produced the award-winning publication - The Making of MONA. Prior roles include Commissioning Editor with Hardie Grant; Senior Editor at Penguin Books; and Editor at Kyle Books (London).

Lee Grant


Lee is an Australian photographer best known for her exploration of migrant identity against the backdrop of Australian suburbia. In 2012 she published her first book, Belco Pride with Au.Thentic Press, then self-published a second monograph, The Five Happinesses, in 2015. From 2012-2014, Lee was an active member of the renowned Australian photo-collective, Oculi. She is currently teaching in the Photomedia Department of the ANU School of Art.

Daniel Boetker-Smith


Daniel is the Academic Director of Photography Studies College (Melbourne), the number one photographic educational institution in Australia. He is the founder of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, the largest collection of self-published and contemporary photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region in the world. He regular presents at photobook events, festivals and symposia internationally, as well as curating exhibitions and other projects. He regularly writes for a number of international and national publications - British Journal of Photography, Vault, Photoeye, Paper Journal and Voices of Photography. He is also the former Managing Editor of Australia’s oldest photography magazine PHOTOFILE, published by the Australian Centre for Photography.

Benjamin Chadbond


Benjamin is based in Sydney and is the co-founder of both Try Hard Magazine and Try Hard Editions - an online magazine and affiliated photobook publishing imprint dedicated to showcasing the work of Australian and NZ Photographers. In 2016 Try Hard Editions released Atlantis by Pedro Ramos. Atlantis was shortlisted for the PHotoEspaña Best Photobook of the Year 2016 and acquired by the New York Public Library for the Spencer Collection in the year of its release. Benjamin is currently a lecturer in Photography at University of Technology, Sydney and is working on a new project, The Centre for New Pictures.

Doug Spowart

Photographer + Book creator
Cooper & Spowart


Dr Doug Spowart has an extensive involvement in Australian creative industries as an artist, educator, curator, commentator and reviewer. For over 25 years he has made photobooks and artists’ books, many of which are held in private and public book collections. For over 50 years he has collected photographically illustrated books and in 2012 completed a PhD on the topic of self-publishing in the digital age. He has extensively researched, judged and commentated on the photobook in Australia and New Zealand including a recent presentation at the Vienna Photo Book Festival.