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LA FOCUS // IAN TIPPETT

 
 
 

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?
I studied photography in the late 70s when art photography was moving away form small black and white prints to large format colour prints. I think before that photographs always looked better in magazines and books. 

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?
The decision to make the book happened during the shooting of the work and made it necessary to generate the volume of images. There are one hundred images that were selected from about five hundred and this was done over a twelve month period. I think books are an intimate form that maintain the closeness of albums and screens where exhibitions are great at making things big and cinematic. If a photo book is like a poem an exhibition can be like the public reading of that poem.

Tell us a bit about your book featured at PhotoBook Independent.
I Want You Back is a series of portraits of random people in Melbourne. The photographs were taken at the eye level of the subject with a wide lens looking down the body. The exclusion of the face gives an intimate and distorted view of the body that we carry around. The photographs show that we are all images made from the cultural artefacts of fashion, celebrity and fantasy.

For more information about Ian Tippett, please visit his website.

Banner image: I Want You Back cover

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