Melbourne Art Book Fair: Book Launch: Immolation by Yanni Florence
Published by M.33 2015

Sun 3 May 15, 3.30pm

Past program

Free entry

NGV International

Great Hall
Ground Level

Immolation is a book of photographs by Yanni Florence of people on fire.  Not in flames running down the street screaming, but quietly burning.  There is smoke coming from a man seen from behind as he waits to cross the road at the traffic lights. It looks like he is on fire.  Self-combusting. Slowly burning up from the inside. He and others in this book are giving off smoke signals. The book is a studied selection of nineteen photographs from hundreds of photographs that were taken to decipher these signals.  Available in two collectible limited editions: 25 copies (260 x 230cm) and 5 copies ink jet-printed (297 x 260cm). Both editions hard bound, printed on cotton rag paper, numbered and signed.

Yanni Florence is an Australian based photographer and award-winning book designer. He has been involved in the design and publishing of numerous publications in the art world for public art museums, cultural institutions, private collectors and artists. He was cofounder of the seminal publication Pataphysics Magazine, which he now runs as guest posts on his blog of mainly vernacular photography that he collects. Other books of Yanni’s photographs include Self-conscious (Skoob 2009), Animal Life (M.33, 2014), Street Porn (M.33, 2014) and Southland (M.33, 2014).

Graeme Hare is an educator and photographer whose works are (sort of) abstract pictures about how people see things. He has exhibited widely in Asia and Europe and his work is held in the collections of a number of Australian state and regional galleries, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, Monash Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Australia. His career in arts education started at Swinburne University of Technology at Prahran in Melbourne in 1978 where he later became Head of Visual Arts and New Media. He has been a board member of several Australian visual arts organizations including Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA), Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP). From 2002 – 2007 he was the Dean of Studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

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