Volume One - Australia and America.
Edited by Mark McPherson and Max Pam.
Big City Press, 2009. 288 pp., Color and black & white illustrations, 8x10½".
Providing a voice for some of the most exciting and provocative new photography from Australia and America, Hijacked?takes a road less travelled. The exhibition 'erases traditional boundaries between art, document and snapshot to point towards' the future of contemporary photomedia.
Shunning repetitive and predictable curatorial structures, Hijacked's aesthetic is driven by the mindset and energy of young and emerging practitioners. Embracing the prevailing wanderlust of their generation, their work exhibits a fascination with international subcultures, fragmented trends, alternate life styles and urban landscapes. The exploration of suburban pleasures is placed on par with 'high' artistic experimentation.
Just as remarkable as the exhibition itself is the story of how it came about. Mark McPherson, an emerging WA photographer, initially conceived the project as a zine. Five years on, working from suburban Fremantle, Hijacked?had grown through informal online networks to bring the work of 44 Australian and US artists into a substantial casebound book. Having realised the publication without leaving Perth for the past four years, Mark McPherson is circling the globe to launch the book in Fremantle, Berlin, New York and Sydney.
Features the work of Australian photographers: Greta Anderson, Duncan Barnes, Karron Bridges, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Michael Gray, David Griggs, Caitlin Harrison, Nathalie Latham, Mark McPherson, James Mellon, Graham Miller, Martin Mischkulnig, Fiona Morris, Tony Nathan, Jack Pam, Emily Portmann, Brad Rimmer, Janelle Ryan, Flavia Schuster, Juha Tolonen, Joshua Webb, Toni Wilkinson, Gareth Willis - American photographers: Timothy Archibald, Angela Boatwright, Alana Celii, Nick Chatfield-Taylor, Brian Cross, Todd Fisher, Jonathan Gitelson, Dean Karr, Lisa Kereszi, Jason Lazarus, Suzy Poling, Robin Schwartz, Tod Seelie, Sarah Small, Amy Stein, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Bill Sullivan, Shen Wei, Grant Willing, Ed Zipco.
Read Colin Pantall's review of Hijacked: Volume One in photo-eye Magazine.