About Memorandum

Memorandum is a book that uses photography, oral history and collection material to recount  stories. It is a project about things that were remembered, photographs that were carefully stored and conversations that must never be forgotten. This book is the outcome of a Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Fellowship at the State Library of Queensland 2015 -2016.  


Memorandum was awarded the AAANZ Best Artist Book Prize 2017, as well as a silver award with distinction by the Australian Professional Photography Awards and a highly commended prize by the Australian Photobook of the Year Award. It was also shortlisted in Les recontres Arles (France), Libris Award (Mackay) and Felila International Prize (Argentina) to mention a few. It has been exhibited broadly nationally and internationally, and it was acquired by the Australian Library of Art and the National Library of Australia among other collections.



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Details: Photographs  & Text: Ⓒ2016 Ana Paula Estrada Subject´s personal photographs. John Oxley Collection, State Library of Queensland.   Design & concept: Ana Paula Estrada Essay: Dr. Doug Spowart Digital File: Linda Carling Colour management: Martin Barry Printing: Allclear in Brisbane, Australia   Typefaces: Chronicle Display and Aparajita Paper stock: 120gsm & 390gsm Ecostar   Self-published First edition, 2016 Print run: 200 / numbered and signed.   Other details: Soft cover Section Sewn (Exposed Spine) 170 pages, 86 photographs. Printing: 4 colour digital It contains a separate small 8pp booklet, fold out pages and a tipped in 112gsm translucent page.    



Citations about Memorandum


‘ […] I think this work is not just a shelter for preserving memories, but is more about the preserving, acknowledging, and perhaps celebrating of the actual act of remembering, as if remembering itself must not be forgotten. This subtle sequencing of portraits suggests the contrast of two types or movements of time. It presents, or simulates, the intensity of the moment of recollection which suggests a vertical depth, timelessness and presence, and contrasts this against the otherwise relentless, dissipative, horizontal flow of normal time.’ Dr. Lyn Ashby, researcher and artist, published in The Blue Notebook, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol. Vol. 12 N.1, 10-12


‘With this book the artist has really explored all the implications of what an artists’ book is, or could be. Starting with the idea of representing the memories of some old people could be seen as too ‘easy’, but the artist rigorously experimented with a wide variety of techniques, which nonetheless remained integrated into a coherent experience for the reader. An example is the tight temporal sequencing of the portrait photographs from page to page, in some instances even approaching the ‘animation’ of a flip-book where we see heads turn and smiles emerges. […]There are inserts to discover, pockets to dig into, and gatefolds to unfurl to discover more ‘intimate’ memories. But these affectations of the artist’s book are never gratuitous or overdone as they sometimes can be.’ Judge’s comments published on the AAANZ Prize website http://aaanz.info/prizes/


‘[…] At a first glance Memorandum could seem to be just a book of straight portraits featuring old people. There are multiple images on successive pages occasionally interspersed with a range of other photos and ephemera[…] Estrada’s portrait sequences present the subjects with subtle expression changes. Turning the pages of the book are like a conversation with the person – animated and suggesting a dialogue is taking place.’ Dr. Doug Spowart, independent researcher and artist, published on his blog www.wotwedid.com


‘[…] What immediately struck me about this book was its quiet authenticity. Estrada has not set out to be clever, super cool or to shock. The work clearly comes from her heart and head and therefore movingly resonates with the reader […] If the purpose of an artwork is to get the viewer or reader to reconsider their place in the world Ana Paula Estrada’s Memorandum accomplishes that task admirably.’ Harvey Benge, acclaimed photographer and book maker, published on his blog www.harveybenge.blogspot.com.au


To know more about the process of the book please visit these links below:

“MEMORANDUM” : My book in progress I

“MEMORANDUM” : My book in progress II  

“MEMORANDUM” : From concept to publication