August 02, 2013

Friday Round Up - 2 August

This week on Friday Round Up a selection of exhibitions on show at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Tim Hetherington's Infidel on show in Amsterdam, the "quest" is on to find Australia's ten most iconic photographs, plus vital reading for street photographers, and the inspirational Giles Duley. Have a great weekend wherever you are.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Opens 17th August

It’s only two weeks until the 2013 Festival opens in Ballarat, an hour’s drive from Melbourne. There are around 5000 photographs on show this year, and the vast majority of exhibitions are in walking distance of the Mining Exchange where a number of the core programme exhibitions will held.

There are 21 artists, local and internationals, in the BIFB Core Programme – here’s a peek at three:

Elisabeth Zeilon – Sweden
Passion Paris
“I had the opportunity to spend a winter in Paris. Walking the gardens every day I was struck by the barren beauty of the frozen yet cultivated landscape. Over time I became curious about their inhabitants. Who were these silent women patiently awaiting? Some of the sculptures became my favorites. Their fate became my source for inspiration” Elisabeth Zeilon. 

12 Lydiard Street North 

Guy Vinciguerra - Australia
Silk Road Stories, Pakistan

24 Camp Street

Youngho Kang – South Korea
99 Variations 
Another interesting take on the self portrait by this innovative South Korean photographer. 

12 Lydiard Street North 

BIFB 2013 Collection Book
This year you can order a copy of the Festival’s “Collection” book from Blurb. This book features the photographs submitted for the Gala Fundraiser, all 126 of them. Check out the preview here. And visit the Festival's website here for full details.

Tim Hetherington – Infidel 

If you are in Amsterdam check out the first exhibition of Tim Hetherington’s work to be held in that city. Presented by Foam, the exhibition Infidel comprises both still photographs and videos from Hetherington’s work in Afghanistan. Hetherington was killed in 2011 while working in Libya and the exhibition is testament to one of the world’s most respected photojournalists who gave his all as a visual storyteller.

On show in Amsterdam at Foam until 7 September, 2013 For more information visit the Foam website.
Images courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery New York.

What Would You Nominate as Australia’s Most Iconic Photograph? 

The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) has launched the “Quest for Australia’s Top Ten Iconic Photos” taken over the last century. That’s a pretty tall order, and I am curious as to what the final list might look like. Melbourne photographer Marty Williams has suggested that the above image - Gears for mining industry, Vickers-Ruwolt, Melbourne 1967 - by German photographer Wolfgang Sievers should make the cut. I definitely agree. Sievers, who migrated to Australia in 1938, was a prominent figure in the Melbourne photography scene. Influenced by the Bauhaus era, Sievers became one of this country’s most noted industrial and architectural photographers and many of his works are held in public and private collections here and overseas. If you have a suggestion for the AIPP’s Quest you can email Paul Curtis here. You’ve got until 10th August.

Great Spirit and Great Idea
Giles Duley – 100 Portraits Before I Die 

Ben Okri by Giles Duley

British photojournalist Giles Duley (above) lost both legs and his left arm in 2011 when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan. While he was in hospital recovering from his horrific injuries he says he challenged himself “with mental exercises. My favourite was thinking of portraits I wished I could do, creating a list of 100 people I most wanted to photograph”. His resolve and his courage are admirable as is the fact that he turned this idea into reality. Pictured above is author Ben Okri, photographed by Giles. Read more of his story on his blog here.

Street Photographers - Warning
French Court Bans Book and Fines Photographer 

A French Court has found photographer Yan Morvan guilty of using an image without the subject’s permission and has ordered Morvan’s book "Gangs Story" above, to be removed from sale. The image in question was shot decades ago, and although the subject is not recognisable, the Court found in the subject’s favour also fining Morvan €5000. This decision impacts all street photographers. You can read more here on the British Journal of Photography.

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