September 13, 2013

Friday Round Up - 13 September

This week on Friday Round Up the winners from this year's Visa Pour l'Image Awards plus an eclectic selection of exhibitions on in Melbourne and Sydney that demonstrate the diversity of photography and the ingenuity of artists to push boundaries in the pursuit of creativity. Have a great weekend wherever you are.

Visa pour l’image - Part Two
A host of prizes were awarded under the Visa banner again this year. Here are the highlights:

Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013
Mary Calvert, The War Within: Sexual Violence in the US Military. This project will feature at next year's Festival and my interview with Mary will be published here in the coming weeks.


News Award supported by Paris Match
Laurent Van Der Stockt, Reportage by Getty Images, for his coverage of the conflict in Syria for Le Monde



Feature Award supported by Languedoc-Roussillon Region
Noriko Hayashi, Panos Pictures, for Unholy Matrimony in Kyrgyzstan, exposing the plight of the extraordinary number of young women who are kidnapped and forced into marriage. 



ICRC Humanitarian Award supported by SANOFI ESPOIR Foundation
Sebastiano Tomada, Sipa Press, for his reportage on the conflict in Syria with specific focus on the injured and the medics.



Lifetime Achievement supported by Le Figaro magazine
Don McCullin, Contact Press images



Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography
Launched in 2005, the goal of the Getty grants program is to enable photographers to bring attention to significant social and cultural issues, as well as to take new and inspiring strides in creative work. This year's recipients are:

Matt Eich - Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town

Samuel James, Cosmos, Oil in Nigeria

Marco Gualazzini, LUZphoto, M23-Kivu, DRC: a region under siege

Tomas Van Houtryve, VII, North Korea

Eugene Richards, War is Personal




ANI-PIXPALACE Award  
Paolo Marchetti, Cité Soleil, Haïti


Visa pour l'image continues until 15 September in Perpignan, France.

Australia 

Exhibition:
Barat Ali Batoor - The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan




Barat Ali Batoor is a young Afghani refugee who risked his life when he climbed onboard a rickety wooden boat in Indonesia late last year bound for Australia. He fled his homeland after the Washington Post published his photo essayThe Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, which exposes the practice of men who enslave young boys to be their "wives". Drawing the ire of those in powerful positions, it was no longer safe for Batoor to stay in Kabul.

Batoor is one of the lucky few. He survived the ordeal at sea, managed to stay out of the clutches of the Indonesian prison system and finally was granted asylum in Australia. He arrived in Melbourne in May ready to start his new life, but ever mindful of those he had to leave behind. 

His mentor, legendary photojournalist Tim Page has curated Batoor’s first Sydney exhibition.




All images (C) Barat Ali Batoor

Until 5 October
10 x 8 Gallery
Level 5/ 56-60 Foster St, Surry Hills (Sydney)

Exhibition:
Andreas Smetana – Passion and Passion

Smetana's Passion and Passion: A transparent view of man explores "the duality of passion through longing and suffering, and the appetite of desire for life". This is Smetana's first exhibition for 14 years and the works were shot in various locations around Australia over a 12 month period.







All images (C) Andreas Smetana

Until 29 September
Black Eye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Road,
Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Exhibition:
Michael Corridore - Tangents
Accomplished photomedia artist Michael Corridore says his series Tangents is "about re-interpreting what we see from differing perspectives and synthesizing those components of our observations and memory information into a two-dimensional image". Using subtle hues, monochromatic elements and bursts of vivid colour, Corridore's collection is eye-catching in its abstraction.



All images (C) Michael Corridore

Exhibition:
Paul Blackmore – New Beirut

Another awarded Australian photographer Paul Blackmore will exhibit a small selection of images from his series New Beirut, which depicts a city and its people in celebration. This series delivers a new take on Beirut shifting the perception of a city torn by civil war to one of beach parties and glamour.







Exhibition:
Heidi Romano – Frozen Water
This series of images is an exploration of “abstract, frozen landscapes” that Romano has discovered in trays and cubes of ice, a simple idea that has translated into a collection of photographs that conjure thoughts of polar caps, icebergs and frozen habitats.


Tangents, New Beirut and Frozen Water are all showing until 5 October

Edmund Pearce Gallery
Level 2, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
Melbourne
Wed-Sat 11am-5pm