SoFA’s Steve Carr wins international photobook award

Congratulations to Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Steve Carr who has won the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards 2017 with his publication ‘Variations for Troubled Hands’.

Steve Carr is a visual artist and senior lecturer in Film at School of Fine Arts. We caught up with Steve following his win.

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Q: Tell us briefly about your work
A: My work has always been about moments of magical transformation and the interrelations between performance and the lens.

Q: What does it mean to you to win this award? 
A: With about 90 publications accepted into the AUS/NZ award, it was a great honour to win the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards. The selection panel and judges are all highly regarded in the field, so it felt extra special to have that kind of acknowledgment.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the book?
A: The book presents a serial composition of a Royal NZ Ballet prodigy named Cadence in 12 parts, choreographed and performed by fingers, forearms, tendons, palms, wrists and thumbs. At once an interactive object and a performance space.

Q: How has the book been received?
A: Here is the judge’s comment: An original concept that combines performance, dance, photography and film, into a beautifully executed photo book. An emotive and meditative object that draws you in as a participant rather than just an observer.