Benalla’s Accomplished Photographers Launch Spring Workshops


The Benalla Art Gallery begins its art workshop program on the Saturday of the fourth quarter with a program designed and facilitated by accomplished Benalla photographers, Drs. Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart.

The workshop will guide participants through the process of creating their own photo book, including how best to use the ‘print on demand’ services available, as well as the ‘DIY’ option.

Cooper and Spowart will cover a range of exercises, including book construction, design, typography and layout. Participants will use these various skills to create a “prototype” that will serve as the first draft of their photo book idea. The workshop is for anyone interested in curating their personal photo collection for printing.

Benalla Art Gallery Director Eric Nash said: “It is wonderful to feature a workshop by some of the most talented artists based right here in Benalla. This particular workshop is exciting because it is suitable not only for artists, but also for those who want to make a wonderful memory, or even a gift, from their personal photos.

The Curate your own Photobook with Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart will take place at the Patricia [Pat] Gardner Studio at the Benalla Art Gallery, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday October 22.

About the artists

Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart founded the Antipodean Photobook Blog to connect Australian and New Zealand photobook creators, designers and publishers with the international scene. Cooper and Spowart have lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of photo books.

Both have completed individual doctoral studies in photography, photobooks and artist’s books. Their book works have been acquired for photobook, artist’s books and rare book collections in numerous private, national and state libraries and international collections, including the British Library. Both Cooper and Spowart have judged photobook awards and contributed to photobook review panels in Australia. Doug’s research into Australian and New Zealand photobooks was featured at the Vienna Photobook Festival and they were commissioned by Tate Britain to select a collection of these to complement the Martin Parr Photobook Collection.

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