Photography books by local artisans

We love books, and the people who make them.

Here are just a few local offerings to check out:

True Stories: Portraits of Barossa Winemakers
With photographs and words by CCP Diploma graduate Bernadette Kaeding, this is a beautifully crafted collection of personal stories of the Barossa Valley and the winemakers who live there. For two decades Bernadette—Bernie, rather—has been the driving force behind Red Art wine, a small-block, single-vineyard winery that produces some very good, very special wines. Wine judges and critics such as James Halliday agree. Red Art is a supporter of the CCP's Light Gallery.

A Year in the Life of Grange
Appropriately for South Australians, we'll stick with the wine theme a little longer. This major project by South Australian photographic legend Milton Wordley (with words by wine writer Philip White) tells the story of the life cycle of a new Grange vintage, from the vineyard to judging on the other side of the world. Given Grange's reputation and history, it might surprise that such a book hasn't been made already, but it's an understatement to say that Milton does justice to this iconic wine. Milton is a friend of the CCP and in November is teaching a series of seminars on the business of photography.

Sparrow: Poems of a Refugee
This fantastic collection of poems may not be a photo book, but it very much pairs with Ervin Janek's Night Thoughts photographic exhibition at The Light Gallery. Ervin's story is told, of growing up in mid-20th Century Hungary, under Nazi occupation and then Soviet rule, then with his emigration to Australia at age 20 he perhaps truly began living. Both the book and the exhibition are touching, heartwrenching at times, but uplifiting and beautiful.

Women @ Work
This publication from South Australian treasure and "talented observer of life" Jennie Groom, is a classic. With words by Bek Dutton, it features a series of portraits of Australian women from all walks of life, revealing their personalities as both professionals and as people. The portraits were made over several years, first appearing as a solo exhibition in 2000 then further developed and culminating in this book in 2006.

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