Wednesday 7th
Thursday 8
th March
Massey University

Two-day Masterclass Workshops
Two-day international masterclass that will explore the processes of creating and
publishing photobooks. Designed for artists and photographers who have a photo based
project in development. Twenty selected participants, ten in each group, will work one-on-one and collectively with international and New Zealand photographers and bookmakers.



Opening of Photobook NZ 2018

Photobook NZ Festival 2018 will be officially opened in the beautiful Te Marae, Museum of
New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa with the announcement of the winners of the NZ
Photobook of the Year Awards and an opportunity to preview the publications available at
Photobook NZ Book Fair.

Join us to celebrate the launch of Photobook NZ Festival 2018 and the Momento Pro, New Zealand
Photobook of the Year Awards.

To register please select the registration option from our Participate menu.
Places are limited, registration essential.

Announcement of NZ Photobook of the Year Awards

In its third year, the competition is open to entries from New Zealand photobook makers
and publishers. The Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in photobook creation, and
showcase the work of New Zealand photo artists to local and international audiences.

The New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards are sponsored by Momento Pro.

Friday 9th March
Te Marae, Museum of
New Zealand Te Papa
Tongarewa, 55 Cable
Street, Wellington



Saturday 10th March
Te Marae, Museum of
New Zealand Te Papa
Tongarewa, 55 Cable
Street, Wellington


Book Fair
Te Papa, ICON, Level Two
10:00am - 5:00pm

See this year’s stunning photobook line-up, meet the photographers and publishers who produced them, and purchase books for your collection. 

Rolling book launches will be happening throughout the day.

Select the Book Fair option from our Menu Bar for further details and our book launch timetable or click on the link here

The New Zealand and Australian Photobook of the Year Awards 2017 finalists will also be exhibited and guests are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Awards. 

Free Public Lectures and Talks

Bryan Schutmaat (USA) - Artist Talk
Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, Level Two
Midday - 1:00pm

Award-winning Texas-based photographer Bryan Schutmaat talks in depth about his practice and publishing including Grays the Mountain Sends and other works.

Please register for this free event on our Participate page - register for artist talk – Saturday 

Bryan Schutmaat ’s travel and accommodation are generously sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America, Wellington.


Carole Bénitah (France) - Artist Talk
Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, Level Two
2:30pm - 3:00pm

Photos – Souvenirs

Carole Bénitah will discuss the creation of her book Photos-Souvenirs, a project that she created between 2009 and 2014 re-working images from her personal family archives.

After the talk, Carolle will sign copies of the special edition that contains a suite of embroidered images.  

Please register for this free event on our Participate page - register for artist talk – Saturday.

Carole Bénitah’s travel and accommodation supported by the New Zealand/France Friendship Fund.

Athol McCredie (NZ) - Curator Photography at Te Papa - Public Talk
Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, Level Two
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Rediscovering New Zealand’s Photobooks

The photobook seems a recent phenomenon, but haven’t they been around much longer?  Athol McCredie, curator of photography at Te Papa, explores this question by looking at some New Zealand photography books from the 19th century to the present.

Massey University 2018 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture
Jem Southam (UK)

Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, Level Two
6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Massey University Peter Turner Memorial Lecture 2018 will be delivered by Jem Southam, one of the UK's leading photographers, renowned for his slowly accrued photographic narratives of landscapes transformed by time and human presence.  

Please register for this free event on our Participate page - register for public lectures – Saturday.

Landscape Stories: Encounters, voices and Pictures

Jem Southam will address the complexity of the landscape genre in the light of his own career as a photographer, whose work results from the patient observation of singular sites over long periods of time. The slow accrual images, presented in structured narratives, reveals the complexity of our personal, political, literary, psychological and cultural associations with the places we inhabit.



Sunday 11th March
College of Creative Arts,
Massey University, 
Te Ara Hihiko,
Entrance E, Tasman Street

Photobook New Zealand Talks and Panel Discussions

This will be a day of talks, panel discussions and lively debates with our international and local keynote speakers.  

The day’s events are free to attend; however, space may be limited, please register on our Participate page - register for public lectures – Sunday.

Introduction and Welcome

10am - 11am
1st Session: Katrin Koenning - Artist Talk

Presenting a selection of her long-form photographic works, Melbourne-based Katrin Koenning shares insights into her creative processes and methodologies. Much of her practice is concerned with the physical and emotional connection to place, and to that which surrounds us. Koenning will speak about notions of seeing as an act of placing oneself and of drawing closer.

Katrin's travel and accommodation are generously supported in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

11.20am - 12.30pm
2nd Session: Is anybody out there? How we connect readers and photobooks:
a discussion of markets/readership 
Chair: Becky Nunes

Panel Members

  • Haru Sameshima – RIM books, New Zealand photography and art publishers
  • Dan Rule – Perimeter Books, Australian publisher and bookstore operator 
  • Harry Culy – Bad News Books, New Zealand indie photobook

1:30pm - 2:30pm
3rd Session: Yumi Goto - Reminders Photography Stronghold
photobook as an object / the photobook that cares

Yumi Goto will show and Talk about the work of the Tokyo based Reminders Project Stronghold. The talk will conclude with a visit to the live photobook making exhibition created in association with the RPS for Massey’s University’s Engine Room Gallery.

2.50pm - 3.50pm 
4th Session: Debate time!
What will the future of publishing look like?

 Join us for a lively and spirited debate on the topic:

Instagram is the future of photographic publishing

Chair: Mary Macpherson

Affirmative team:  Peter Black (leader), Edith Amituanai, Chris Leskovsek
Negative team: Howard Grieve (leader), Christine McFetridge – Read, Libby Jeffrey

3.50pm - 4:00pm
Closing remarks