April 21, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 21st April, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - Australian photographic artist Murray Fredericks showcases his latest work in Melbourne and London, Greek artist Aris Georgiou's exhibition opens in Sydney and New Zealand photographer Thomas Slade makes his solo debut in Wellington. Plus grant rounds are open for Getty Grants and W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and the Indian Photography Festival - Hyderabad calls for entries. Next week, a preview of the 2017 Head On Photo Festival, which promises to be fantastic!

Exhibition: Melbourne & London
Murray Fredericks - Vanity

Australian photographic artist Murray Fredericks has built an international reputation on his epic vistas of Australia’s Lake Eyre, his signature a dead flat horizon that conveys the vastness of space. It is this concept of space that Fredericks is chasing, the idea that in the landscape there is limitless discovery, the opportunity to shift to a different plane, to transcend the known and drift into possibility.

Fredericks keeps going back to Lake Eyre, which is 144km long and 77km wide, to find new ways to engage. He’s now made 17 trips and in his latest series, “Vanity,” he uses a large mirror as a device through which to further explore the vistas of this otherworldly landscape. “Rather than reflecting our own ‘surface’ image, the mirror is positioned to draw our gaze out and away from ourselves, into the environment, driving us towards an emotional engagement with light, colour and space,” he says.

Last night I attended the opening in Melbourne at Arc One Gallery. These are stunning images that when viewed in the gallery are just breathtaking. And no, they are not Photoshopped!

(C) All images Murray Fredericks

Murray Fredericks' 'Vanity' opens at Arc One

Currently showing in Melbourne until 27 May at Arc One Gallery 45 Flinders Lane
Opening in London at Hamiltons Gallery on 28 April, 13 Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2EU

Exhibition: Sydney

Aris Georgiou - Circumstantial Evidence 

This exhibition is the first major survey of photographic works by Greek artist Aris Georgiou to be shown in Australia. Curated by Jack Pam (who is the son of Australian photographer Max Pam) Circumstantial Evidence includes photographs spanning a period of thirty years taken in Greece, USA, France, Germany, Israel and India. 

(C) Aris Georgiou

Pam says Georgiou’s body of work “explores the possibilities of human endeavour through a powerfully romantic, creative sensibility. Themes of repetition, memory, hope, dreams and love are consistently confronted in Georgiou’s work as they are warped and exploited by the passage of time”.

Georgiou will be in Australia for the show and will hold an artist’s talk at 2pm on 13th May. A limited edition publication will be produced for the exhibition by the Australian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

26 April to 21 May
Delmar Gallery
Trinity Grammar School
144 Victoria St, Ashfield (Sydney)

Exhibition: Wellington, New Zealand

Thomas Slade - What brings you here? & Translating a silent language

From: What brings you here?

Thomas Slade's first solo exhibition features two bodies of work: What brings you here? and Translating a silent language

Slade says, "What brings you here? is a comparative study that examines both the positive and negative changes in rural New Zealand. Why does one town decline while another prospers? Using photography, statistics and interviews this body of work explores differences and consequences of change for two towns (Waverley and Shannon)...These images of rural New Zealand highlight change. They remind us where we have come from as a country and of our identity as New Zealanders."

In contrast, Translating a silent language is a series of photographs made in 2016 in which the chosen subjects were photographed in urban environments under the direction of Slade and the constructed scenes were captured using a high-end digital camera. Both show the artist's versatility.

(C) All images Thomas Slade

Until 15 May
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place
Wellington New Zealand


Getty Grants - 5 Grants of US$10,000

Past winner Kirsten Luce

Five photojournalists will be selected to receive grants that will aid in funding projects of personal and journalistic significance. This year the judges are: Alice Gabriner (TIME), Chelsea Matiash, (The Intercept), Thomas Simonetti (Washington Post), Damon Winter (New York Times) and Jean-Francois Leroy (Visa Pour l’Image). Applications close May 15. Apply here. 

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography
2016 Recipient was Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Annually the W. Eugene Smith grant awards a photographer “who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.” This year the grant has been increased to US$35,000 and entries close on May 31. Click here for details.

Last year’s recipient was Justyna Mielnikiewicz for her project A Diverging Frontier, which she says, “explores borders as ever-changing spheres of influence that overlap physical borders marked on the map. It documents life on the frontier of Europe, and delves into the symbolic meanings and reconstructed historical narratives of these borderlands, which contribute to the formation of national identity and shaping the images of the neighboring countries”. 

Indian Photography Festival - Hyderabad

The Indian Photography Festival - Hyderabad invites photographers from all over the world to submit for the 2017 exhibition program. The festival runs from 21 September to 8 October. To find out more visit the website

April 07, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 7th April, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - the Photographic Emotion festival is on in France until 30 April plus some great weekend reading. Next week I'm taking a break for the Easter holiday, so there won't be an edition of Friday Round Up, but I'll see you back here on 21st April.

Photographic Emotion - Angouleme, France

I always enjoy featuring lesser known festivals, especially those from Europe where there seems to be such a vibrant photographic community. This week it's the Photographic Emotion festival held in the south-western French commune of Angouleme and the surrounding area of the Charente. Angouleme is not far from Bordeaux, a lovely part of France for which I have fond memories, not just of the great red wine!

This year the festival features three guest photographers: Warren Saré, Jean-Daniel Guillou and Jean-Michel Leligny who have been selected to represent a facet of the theme ‘History and Short Stories’. Plus 21 photographers have been chosen to exhibit from the open call: Bruno Mercier, Michel Claverie, Paul-Emile Objar, Brigitte Manoukian, Christophe Hargoues, Jean-Charles Dehedin, Anne-Lore Mesnages, Arnaud Hubas, Louis Oke Agbo, Arnaud Makalou, Baudouin Mouanda, Cushmok, Nicolas Auvray, Amaral and Barthes, Irina Sovkine, JL Aubert, Anna Bambou, Jean-Michel Delage, Emilie Masson and Sébastien Pageot.

These are my picks:

(C) Bruno Mercier

(C) Bruno Mercier

(C) Arnaud Hubas

(C) Cushmok

(C) Cushmok

(C) Michel Claverie

(C) Michel Claverie
(C) Anna Bambou

(C) Anna Bambou

(C) JL Aubert

(C) JL Aubert

Until 30 April  

Some interesting weekend reading/viewing:

Times-Standard: Photographer researches the earliest women in her field
TIME: Nordic Noir: Fleeing the Darkness in Scandinavia

March 31, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 31st March, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - a truly wonderful photo essay from Ukrainian photographer Viktoria Sorochinski and Siberia's amazing frozen Baikal Lake, the deepest, and cleanest on earth. Plus the winners of the Australia and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards. 

Photo Essay:
Viktoria Sorochinski - Lands of No Return

Ukrainian photographer Viktoria Sorochinski has been working on this photo essay for close to a decade. These beautiful, poignant and at times hauntingly sorrowful portraits capture a society that has been bypassed by progress, its elderly residents impoverished and alone. This work is incredibly mature and insightful and rings with authenticity. 

Viktoria says as a child she visited her grandparents in this small village near Kiev, a time that she recalls as "filled with light and happiness." Years later she visited the village again and this time "was astonished at how lifeless and miserable it looked. There were almost exclusively elderly people in the village. They are living out their last days: neglected by the government and often abandoned by their families. Along with their traditions and their homes, they are slowly disappearing…Even though this project started as a personal journey, the more I worked on it, the more I realized that capturing and commemorating these people and places has a greater value. They are the last remaining evidence of the once-magical and vibrant culture that will soon be known only in history books”.

(C) All images Viktoria Sorochinski

Photo Essay: 
Kristina Kakeeva - Siberia's Frozen Baikal Lake

Russian photographer Kristina Kakeeva is also an engineer. She spent several days on the lake to produce these wonderful photographs. She also tells the story of how the lake came to be, which I love.

"The only river in the world that flows from the lake is Angara, all other rivers flow into the lake. There is a legend that the Father Baikal had 336 rivers—335 sons and one daughter, Angara. All of the sons flowed into Baikal to restock the water, but the daughter fell in love with Yenisei (another river in Russia) and started to take her father’s water to her lover. In response, Father Baikal threw a huge rock into his daughter and cursed her. This rock is called Shaman-Stone; it is situated in the spring head of Angara, and is considered to be the river’s beginning."

(C) All images Kristina Kakeeva

Photobook Awards:
Australian and New Zealand Photobook Awards - Winners 

Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick are the winners of the 2016 Australian Photobook of the Year for their publication Astres Noir published by Chose Commune (France). This win adds to a list of impressive accolades including being shortlisted for Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards (First Book) and the Prix Nadar. 

Over the ditch the New Zealand Photobook of the Year was shared by Simon Devitt for Rannoch and Evangeline Davis for Touchy

To find out more: Australia and New Zealand. These awards are sponsored by Momento Pro (Geoff and Libby) who deserve a shout-out because they really do put their heart and soul into making photobooks. 

March 24, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 24th March, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - group shows for Sydney and Melbourne and the winner of the 2017 BJP International Photography Award, Daniel Castro Garcia's exhibition Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016 is on at TJ Boulting Gallery, London.

Exhibition: Sydney
HOME - Group Show

This group show featuring Brian Cassey, Daniel Grendon, Godelieve Mols, Isabelle Baumann Ivana Jovanovic, Lola Alexander, Michael Jalaru Torres, Nick Pont, Samantha Mackie and Zorica Purlija explores the theme of 'home'. As you can see from these images, it's a theme that means a whole lot of different things for the individual. And it's one of my favourite themes because of the unique perspectives it evokes.

“Fragility Of Home" © Brian Cassey

“Fragility Of Home" © Brian Cassey

"My Place" © Brian Cassey 

© Isabelle Baumann

© Ivana Jovanovic

© Lola Alexander

"Making Sense of The Vast" © Samantha Mackie

© Nick Pont

Bending Light © Michael Jalaru Torres

Watching © Godelieve Mols

© Zorica Purlija

© Daniel Grendon

Until 2 April
Contact Sheet Gallery
60 Atchison Street
St Leonards, Sydney

Exhibition: Melbourne
An Inconsistent Look - Group Show

(C) Felipe Devoto

This group exhibition examines how people often see the same things differently; how what one person notices another will overlook. Once again, it’s all about perspectives. 

"An Inconsistent Look" takes the viewer to the streets of Melbourne and Argentina in black and white, and in colour. Italian-born photographer Carlos Oggioni captures the daily commute in Melbourne; Scottish-born photographer Barry C. Douglas steps back to look in; and Felipe Devoto presents an abstract view of his native Argentina.

(C) Barry Douglas

(C) Barry Douglas

(C) Barry Douglas

(C) Felipe Devoto

(C) Felipe Devoto

(C) Carlos Oggioni

(C) Carlos Oggioni

(C) Carlos Oggioni

6-27 April
Magnet Galleries
Level 2
640 Bourke Street

Exhibition: London
Daniel Castro Garcia - Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016

Daniel Castro Garcia was this year's winner of the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award for his series depicting migrants caught up in the European refugee crisis.

Castro Garcia spent weeks with his subjects, interviewing almost everyone before he photographed them. He says this engagement is “the backbone of the work. Going up to people and speaking to them, discussing their situation before even mentioning photography. I really have a strong belief that it’s a collaboration. Without engaging with the individuals and conveying what you’re trying to do with them, it’s worthless.”

(C) All images Daniel Castro Garcia

"Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015-2016" is also a self-published book.

Until 8 April
TJ Boulting Gallery
59 Riding House Street
London W1W7EG