Raffles College photography alumni Alessandro Perini has recently compiled a photobook to celebrate Japan's rich Olympic history in light of the upcoming Toyko 2020 Olympic Games. Operation Olympiad, part of Perini's Missing Games Project, documents the scheduled Tokyo 1940 Olympic Games which never took place.
The traditional ways in which we consider and approach photography have been disrupted, with print on demand technology, photobooks are far more accessible today than they have been to previous generations of photographers, who needed to sign a book deal or invest thousands to send their work to print. This has resulted in the democratisation and diversification of the photo book. Freedom is in the hands of creatives.
Magic City #2 is an idiosyncratic publication, a collaboration between photographers Daniel Milnor and Andrew Kaufmann, who spent two days shooting in Miami before sending their images to designer (and resident Raffles photobook proponent) Chloe Ferres, who was encouraged to indulge in experimental book design. The book invites the owner to participate in the production process, folding particular pages to make whole images visible, offering an interactive experience.
Magic City #2 was a finalist in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale One For The Books Prize, and was also selected as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Photobook Of The Year Award presented by Photobook Melbourne and Momento Pro, to celebrate excellence and innovation in photobook creation, and to showcase the work of Australian photo artists to a growing local and international audience.
Beards by Raffles graduate Anya Grkovic was an Australian Photobook Of The Year finalist in 2013, and finalists in the 2012 student category included Raffles College Graduates Jasmine Lee Downie and Adrian Mansueto.
Finalists for 2016 will be announced soon, visit www.photobookoftheyear.com.au for more information.