Jean-Paul McAllan’s TADHANA is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive


Book Title: Tadhana

Photographer/s: Jean-Paul McAllan

Place of publication: Melbourne, Australia

Year of publication: 2016

Publisher: Thirdculture

Dimensions of book: 210 x 148 mm

Edition size: 100

Binding, paper & printing details: Soft cover, perfect bound, digital colour prints on semi coated paper

Number of pages: 74

Number of pictures: 63

Designer: Jean-Paul McAllan

Editor: Jean-Paul McAllan

Printer: Impact Printing

ISBN: 978-1-944787-03-5

Retail price: $20 AUD

Where to buy; Stores, distributors URLs: ‘Thirdculture

Link/s to existing book reviews: ‘Acclaim Magazine

Summary of project:

Tadhana is the first photobook from photographer Jean-Paul McAllan, featuring a selection of photographs shot in the Philippines in early 2016. Inspired by a series of strange coincidences and serendipitous happenings, photographs are paired to represent their duality, with similarities in scenes, colours, elements or as opposites. “Tadhana” is a Tagalog words meanings ‘an invisible force that makes things happen beyond the control of mortals’. McAllan has used an ancient Filiopino Babayin script to write ‘Taghana’ on the front cover. He sees a resemblance in the four characters with the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, each of which have a heavy influence in the book’s content.”

Jean-Paul McAllan