Photo Matters: Book and Print Festival 2016

14/05/2016 10:00 am – 29/05/2016 7:00 pm Location: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University (5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong HK)
Presenter: Kaitak Centre for Research and Development

A Journey from Photo Taking to Printed Matter Making

When was the last time you flip through a photo album? Ever since we start storing photos on computers and mobile phones, sharing photos has never been more convenient; a simple swipe is all it takes to connect to others and share the images. While the process is certainly hassle-free and efficient, it entails a certain lack and absence.

Every year, Through Our Eyes (TOE) Photography Education Programme holds an exhibition – in different forms and styles – to showcase students’ work as the programme comes to its end. The works display this year in Photo Matters: Book and Print Festival 2016 are the result of students’ exploration and reconfiguration of books, magazines and other forms of paper. Imaginative and innovative, the students experimented with materials, sizes, printing, layout and even the way they turned the page. During the process, they were presented with the infinite possibilities of photo reading by playing with elements such as time, sequence, speed and pace. Using paper as the unchanging medium, they tried to embody different styles, different sentiments and different stories through the connecting images.

The students have come a long way since they first asked “What is photography?”: they took classes that pushed them to observe themselves with a closer eye, and then they contemplated the issues at hand again, until eventually they found the answer in their very own image. When you look at their works, you will see a series of micro but complete exhibition, you can feel and engage with what they think about life. When the students were going through and arranging their works, their pace slowed down. It allowed them to view and absorb the images taken by their very own hands, soon it became clear to them what they were actually looking at, and what were the issues at heart. From taking photos to creating their collection, the students were given time and space to sort out their thoughts and ideas; what they have gone through collectively, is a complete, photographic journey.

Photo Matters: Book and Print Festival 2016 brings to us over a hundred pieces of work by TOE students and artists-educators. We have also invited five artists and independent publishing units to share with us a selection of photography books, which help us reimagine the possibilities of the art of taking photos. Talks and workshops will also be organised as part of the festival, and we welcome each and every one of you to join us in understanding the world through the eyes of students and photography.

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When images are stored in books, they are safeguarded and circulated. We cordially invite you to come and turn over the pages with your hand, and let an intimate conversation begin.

Festival Period: 14 – 29.5.2016
Time: 10a, – 7pm
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU (5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong)
Opening: 14.5.2016, 3pm



Photo Book Fair

We have invited 5 exhibitors from Hong Kong and oversears, all focus on photography books and zines publishing / making.  They will bring along a collection of prints and publications at their own choices, from different countries and on differnt subject matter, hoping to interact with all photography and book lovers and to have a cultural exchange with the local parties.  Also, all exhibitors will be participating in talks and seminars during the Book Fair, once again investigate and explore the possiblities of photography publications.

Exhibitors: Jiazazhi (China), Voices of Photography (Taiwan), BooksActually (Singapore), Fujii Yoshikatsu (Japan), Book B (Hong Kong)
Date: 14 – 15.5.2016
Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Venue:Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU

 

Talk Series

1)Conversation: Zine Publishing Culture: Cross Referencing between Hong Kong & Macau [Programme Update]

Zine is the cultural product of self publishing. It usually comes in a small production scale, with limited copies of prints and with a strong sense of hand made touch. Different from main stream publishing, money making is not the core value of zine publishing.
Zine has become so popular in a lot of countries and the contents are very diverse, from literacy, poems, illustrations to life style, it starts a new trend on self publishing, it is all about personal style and forming a community of people with the same interests. The production process can be very flexible but also very challenging, with the lack of money and resources, difficulty in artwork recruitment, market positioning, distribution outlet…etc. have become a huge pressure to self publishers. In this talk we have invited Ao Ieong Mike, Editor of Galo Fanzine in Macau, to have a dialogue with Leung Yiu Hong, the Editor-in-chief of the newly launched Mumble Photo Zine, to share with the audience about their passion in zine making, and cross referencing the experience in the two cities with so many similarities in cultural and historical background.

Speaker: Leung Yiu Hong (Editor in Chief, Mumble Photo Zine), Ao Ieong Weng Fong (Editor, Galo Fanzine)
Date: 14 .5.2016
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
*Conducted in Cantonese.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

**Due to personal reasons, one of the speakers Leung Yiu Hong is not able to attend the talk.  Wong Sze Chit, co-founder of Book B, will take part in this talk instead.  The talk will now start from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm.

 

2)Conversation: Publishing culture and situation in China and Taiwan

The rapid growth of the internet has hugely changed the ecology in photography, image making and traditional paper publishing. It takes so little time and costs to circulate all sorts of materials on the world wide web and this has given quite some impacts on how we used to read and how we used to produce publication. Damages made to related industry are unavoidable and as a result, a lot of publishers changed their focus on electronic issuance.
Though the environment is not as friendly as it used to be decades ago, there are still some young forces who are willing to contribute to photography publishing. In this talk we have invited Lee Wei I, the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning magazine Voices of Photography in Taiwan, and Yanyou, the founder of Jiazazhi, an influential independent publisher on photo book and magazine rooted in Ningbo, to have a dialogue on the publishing environment in both places, from culture to operational issues. Also, one question has to be asked: is it possible to take advantage of the power of the world wide web and make paper publishing lively again?

Speaker: Lee Wei I  (Chief Editor, Voices of Photography), Yanyou (Founder, Jiazazhi)
Date: 14 .5.2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
*Conducted in Mandarin.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

 

3)The owner of an Independent Bookstore [CANCELLED]

It is hard to not talk about business when you are running a book store, but
more often, book store owners start this business because of their love and passion in books. Kenny Leck, co-founder and owner of BooksActually, the renowned independent book store in Singapore is exactly like this. Established in 2005, Kenny started the book store purely out of his love for literature, other than selling books of literacy and poetry, he also hosts a lot of related activities such as book launch and mini exhibitions inside the book store, it is a cultural hub which nurtures the growth of literature in Singapore. In recent years, BooksActually also features a lot of delicate photo books and magazines. As a book store owner, book lover and collector, what is the core factor in running such business? When he comes to selecting the collection, what will be more important, sales figures or his own preference?

Speaker: Kenny Leck (Owner of BooksActually)
Date: 15 .5.2016
Time: 11:00am – 12:00nn
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
*Due to health issue, the speaker is not able to come to Hong Kong.  The talk is cancelled.

 

 

4)The one man band producer: From photo taking to book making 

No one will question the importance of Photography as one core medium in
art creation nowadays; while book making is another delicate form of art which requires a lot of prestige crafts and skills. Combining the two art forms together simply push the narrative nature of both medium to a higher level. From image making, photo selection, printing, layout design, paper selection, binding…etc, there are not many artists who are capable to finish the whole process on his/her own alone, but Fujii Yoshikatsu is definitely one of the outstanding one. In his recent photo book “Red String”, he used his family photos as the subject matter, trying to explore the intimate yet distant relationship between him and his parents, was awarded multiple times from all over the world. In this talk, Fujii will talk about his development in his artistic career, and to explain the reason and possibilities in combining the two art form together.

Speaker: Fujii Yoshikatsu (Photographer, Book Artist)
Date: 15 .5.2016
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
*Conducted in Japanese, with Cantonese interpretation.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

 

5)Conversation: The Roles and Collaboration: Book Designer & Artist

Our lives will not be completed without the power of design, from a pen to a chair, it is the
result of the thoughtful ideas and aesthetic sense of designers. Same apply to book design. A good design of publication is not just about how gracefully it is presented, but how it enhances the readability and reading experience of the readers. A photography book with taste and vision requires the seamless cooperation of a lot of professions, while the photographer and the book designer are the crucial parties. In this talk, Ki Wong, Editor-in-chief of A Living Space: The Homes of Pak Sha O, will be having a conversation with Renatus Wu, co-founder of Book B, hence book designer, to talk about the roles and positioning in such a collaborative process.

Speaker: Ki Wong (Editor-in-chief, A living Space: The Homes of Pak Sha O), Renatus Wu (Founder of Book B, Book Designer)
Date: 15 .5.2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
*Conducted in Cantonese.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

 

Workshops

1)Leftover Food Paper Making Workshop

Inspired by the paper making technique of The Exploitation of the Works of Nature written by Song Yingxing in the 16-th century, this workshop tries to explore the possibility of making use of household food waste and bring sustainable development to the leftover food. Participants will be able to create their own handmade paper out of kitchen scraps skin.

Tutor: Phyllis Ting
Date & Time: 21 .5.2016, 11:00am / 22 .5.2016, 4:00pm
Suitable for: Age 13 or above
Materials: participants are required to bring banana peels, maize skins and onion skins
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
Class size: 20
*Conducted in Cantonese.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

 

2)Light Sensitive and Image Making Workshop

This workshop will introduce the relationship between light-sensitive material and image processing using cyanotype photography. Participant will be able to process their own cyanotype photographs using negative films.

Tutor: Li Xiaohua
Date & Time: 21 .5.2016, 2:00pm / 22 .5.2016, 2:00pm
Suitable for: Age 16 or above
Materials: Part of theworkshop will be held outdoors, and participants will be requested to submit a photo in advance.
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
Class size: 20
*Conducted in Cantonese.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

3)Embossing Technique and Handmade Book Workshop [FULL]

This workshop will introduce embossing technique on paper and non-traditional methods to create handmade books. Upon mastering this specific technique, participants will be able to apply this to their future creation.

Tutor: Brandon Chan
Date & Time: 21 .5.2016, 4:00pm
Suitable for: Anyone
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
Class size: 20
*Conducted in Cantonese.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

4)Print Making Workshop [FULL]

This workshop will introduce the technique of Intaglio Printmaking. Inspire by the surrounding scene or photograph, the participants will try engraving lines and shapes on a printing plate and produce their own prints.

Tutor: Angee Chan
Date & Time: 21 .5.2016, 11:00am
Suitable for: Age 16 or above
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU
Class size: 20
*Conducted in Cantonese.  Seats are limited and is on first-come-first-served basis.  Please register online below.

Online Registration Form: Talks & Workshops

 



About Through Our Eyes

Through Our Eyes (TOE) Photography Education Programme aims to provide a creative and engaging learning environment in which young people and the wider community can express themselves through the medium of photography. TOE advocates active intervention in art education, art creation, and community via different channels and strategies. By facilitating interactions and collaborations between schools and different groups, innovative courses and activities are designed and hosted to explore the possibility of local art education.

Founded and funded by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation in 2005, the programme was handed over to and operated by kaitak, Centre for Research and Development of the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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