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LA FOCUS // CHRISTOPHER YOUNG

 
 
 

QCP is taking books of sixteen Australian photo-media artists to PhotoBook Independent (1 – 3 May 2015). This series of focus interviews gives an insight into the selected artists.

How did you get into photography?

As a child I bought a $2 plastic Diana ripoff at a Sydney market in in 1982. I remember how empowering it felt at the time to be able to express myself. I’d always aspired to be an artist but got distracted by mathematics and a lack of any creative programs at my high school. I studied applied arts in the early 90s and was immediately hooked from the first moment I stepped into a darkroom. I was also lucky enough to work with various drama students at the time and the narrative aspects of that process was very rewarding and enriching. I eschewed the commercial aspects of the course and, with the support of lecturers, twisted it to my creative needs.

How did you arrive at the decision to create a photo book, and how is working with a book different from working on an exhibition?
A book is a relatively controlled experience in that you can determine how someone progresses through a body of work, isolate works from distracting elements and setup a rhythm. I find this appealing as it allows me to craft moods and express larger concepts. Books are also pragmatic as it is very difficult and expensive to get work in front of people from this side of the country, let alone locally. Despite the quality loss when compared to high-end prints, books have greater longevity than an exhibition and are more likely to be retained for future reference.

Tell us a bit about your book featured at PhotoBook Independent.
I’ll be showing a book that encompasses three bodies of work – drei, five & six – that were produced from 2007 to 2014. Each series feed into the next and it shows the evolution of ideas over a prolonged period of time. The book is supported by various texts as well as transcripts from interviews I produced for ‘six’.

For more information about Christopher Young, please visit his website.

Banner image: drei, five & six cover

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