Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Steve Carr wins international photobook award

20 March 2018

Steve Carr’s publication 'Variations for Troubled Hands' came out on top at the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards 2017.

  • Photobook award

    Variations for Troubled Hands

Photobook award

Variations for Troubled Hands is Carr’s debut photobook, featuring more than 200 photographs of Cadence – a teenage ballet prodigy apprenticed to the Royal New Zealand Ballet. It presents a serial composition in 12 parts, choreographed and performed by fingers, forearms, tendons, palms, wrists and thumbs.

Competing against ten other finalists, Carr came out on top and got to take home $1,000 and $4,000 printing credit for Momento Pro, an on-demand photobook producer in Australia.

The jury of the Australian Photobook Award, all actively engaged in the Australian and international photobook community, commented: “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.”

Variations for Troubled Hands can be purchased here .

Steve Carr is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts. Moments of magical transformation and the interrelations between performance and the lens have always been a major focus of his work in film and photography.
The School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s first art school, it is one of the oldest in the English-speaking world.

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