One of the joys of being a mature photographer is that you are often called upon to open Exhibitions, act as a Master of Ceremonies, and generally give spontaneous off-the-cuff comments to groups of people – ‘cos you’ve been around for a long time……
One of those occasions occurred last night.
We at Foto Frenzy (disclosure – I am one of four Directors) held our first exhibition opening at Gallery Frenzy. These will continue at roughly monthly intervals through the year. (hint – the 2014 Gallery bookings are now being discussed). Not only was it Gallery Frenzy’s first formal exhibition, but also a first solo exhibition for Cameron Attree. In conjunction with the Naked in Baja Mexico Exhibition, Cam has produced a boxed, hard cover book. This edition has been printed on the new Canon DreamLabo 5000 at Picture works, Melbourne. All of the reproductions are of a very high standard, but my greatest response was to the quality of the black and white images. They are close to gelatin silver analogue prints. Cam, a Brisbane based photographer (and fellow Foto Frenzy Director) has been involved with the American based ARTnudes Network, and this current exhibition is a result of his endeavours in Mexico in 2011.
Cam used the Pozible crowdfunding creative projects system to generate interest and finance for this activity. With a series of incentives ranging from signed prints through to a signed hard copy of his book, Cam was able to generate enough funds to start the project. Using the opening ceremony last night, Cam was able to present the signed books to many of his initial backers. This was well received by those supporters in attendance.
Print editions will be limited to five photographs, and prices range from $A395 (11×17″ matted) to $A750 (16×24″ matted). The limited edition coffee table book has been printed in high definition using a 7 dye-based ink system never before seen in a photo book; offering colours with a wider spectrum and greater detail. Bound in a laser engraved black linen cover, the 230gsm paper gives the pages a real photographic feel. Limited to 100 copies, each book will be individually numbered and signed and will include an open edition art print; presented in an English Black Arlin bookcloth presentation case. Remaining books will be on sale for $A395.
The exhibition will be on show at Gallery Frenzy, 3/429 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, Brisbane, until 15 March.