November 01, 2013

Friday Round Up - 1 November

This week Friday Round Up is back with new exhibitions in Melbourne – John Casamento and Deadbeat Club; Sydney – Lost in Place and Juli Balla; Paris – Raymond Cauchetier and; London – Victor Burgin. Plus this weekend the second installment of the Independent Photography Festival Melbourne kicks off.

Independent Photography Festival – Melbourne

(C)  Lauren Bamford Vocation Vacation

The Independent Photography Festival’s (IPF) creator and director Joe Miranda wears multiple hats. As well as pulling together the program for the second outing of IPF he’s also tipped himself in as a co-owner of coffee shop, Everyday Coffee in Collingwood. That’s where Alison Stieven-Taylor tracked him down to talk about this year’s IPF.

Originally from London, Miranda landed in Oz four years ago and was disappointed to find the photography scene "a bit tepid, a bit tame for the potential it had. I met lots of good photographers who were passionate, but didn’t have an outlet for their work…they faced the same bureaucracy and barriers as all artists that are trying to make a living…I wanted to kick some of those barriers down so we started the Festival”.

Miranda uses adjectives like “awesome” “fun” and “inclusive” to describe the vibe of IPF, which is hinged on photography and how it relates to humans. When the Festival opens on Saturday at Magic Johnston in Collingwood, it will be “like a massive salon show” with more than 260 prints on show - prints provided by the photographers. The Festival doesn't accept digital submissions.

IPF is pitched at Miranda’s generation – he’s 24 years old, “that core age that everyone wants to appeal to,” he says. With its origins firmly in the world of self-publication and zines, Miranda, who also pens Hard Workers Club blog, hopes IPF will give those working autonomously an opportunity to broaden their audience not only in terms of showing work, but also in finding like-minded souls. 

(C) Cheryl Dunn Everybody Street (documentary film)

“I really wanted to work with some decent humans who wanted to do a good thing,” says Miranda of the team behind IPF. He’s enlisted support from the likes of Penny Modra (Three Thousand) and Rob from design company Smalltime Projects to pull the festival together. Smith Journal is a sponsor and its editor Nadia Saccardo one of the judges in this year’s IPF prize.

Wanting to pull photography back to the printed form, the Festival’s broadsheet “encapsulates the ethos of the festival. Photography is tactile, and that whole physical process of developing, scanning, printing – all the things that digital has taken away – is what we are about”. That doesn’t mean digital doesn’t have a place, says Miranda, but it isn’t the only thing that photography is about today.

(C) Che Parker Westralia

IPF opens Saturday 2 November and runs until Sunday 10 November with multiple standalone exhibitions at various venues around the city as well as a workshop day. Visit the website for full details.

The Festival Kiosk, where you can buy Zines and photobooks amongst another items is open Saturday 2 November from 10am-4pm at Cnr. Lonsdale & Swanston Streets, Melbourne (in the heart of the city).

Festival Opening Saturday 2 November at 6pm at Magic Johnston, 27-29 Johnston Street, Collingwood


John Casamento – Out of the Darkroom

'Lili Marlene' Comes To Melbourne 

From the moment he picked up a camera at 12 years of age John Casamento fell under the spell of photography. Throughout his career as a photojournalist with the Sun News Pictorial (now the Herald Sun) that began in the 1950s, Casamento photographed every aspect of Melbourne life. Now his sons, Peter and Joseph, have curated a retrospective of his work, which opens at Photonet Gallery on Sunday 3 November. Next week Friday Round Up will feature an interview with John and Alison Stieven-Taylor, but for now here are a few images from the exhibition to whet your appetite.

(C) All images John Casamento

Out of the Darkroom
Official opening by cartoonist Geoff "Jeff" Hook on Sunday 10 November 4-6pm
Exhibition 3-23 November
Photonet Gallery
15a Railway Place

Deadbeat Club (USA): Rectangular Detritus

(C) Ed Templeton, 'Makeup Girls, St. Petersberg, Russia' 2007

Presented in conjunction with IPF, this group show features six photographers - Devin Briggs, Nolan Hall, Grant Hatfield, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton, and Clint Woodside - who shoot on film and document life as it happens.

8 – 16 November
Strange Neighbour
395–397 Gore Street

Strange Neighbour is a gallery space in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. Exhibition proposals for 2014 are currently being accepted. Click here for further details.

Lost in Place – Group Show

(C) Lynn Smith

Ten photographic artists - Catherine Cloran, Digby Duncan, Helen Grace, Caroline McLean-Foldes, Sally McInerney, Ian Provest, Suellen Symons, Chris Round, Lynn Smith and Niobe Syme - explore the theme of “place” in this exhibition curated by Arthere’s Sandy Edwards. With such an open theme ‘Lost in Place’ encompasses emotional, physical and ethereal interpretations that move from atypical imagery to traditional landscape.

(C) Sally McInerney

(C) Niobe Syme

5-9 November
Damien Minton Gallery
583 Elizabeth Street

Juli Balla – Persona Non Grata

Photographic artist Juli Balla’s latest show is on at Black Eye Gallery in Darlinghurst. Of “Persona Non Grata” Balla says, “Whether we like it or not, we are frequently judged by our outward appearances; the hairstyle we favour, the sunglasses we choose or the clothing style we adopt. In this work I have removed the human element and let the outward accessories speak for themselves…You look at these assemblages and they become someone you know or someone you’ve seen”.

(C) All images Juli Balla

Until 10 November
Black Eye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Rd,

Victor Burgin – On Paper

Untitled (Australia 1788 - 1988), 1988
Double-spread, Parachute no 50
© Victor Burgin, Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery

Victor Burgin, who was born in 1941, is one of the most prominent thought leaders in visual arts. He first exhibited in the late 1960s/early 1970s at ICA London and MoMA New York. He has also written several books and the seminal work Thinking Photography continues to influence discussion on this genre.

“On paper” encompasses Burgin’s paper-based works from the late-60s to now with a focus on “his radical intervention into mainstream media through the interplay of text and image”. This is Burgin’s first solo show in a private gallery in London since 1986.

“The exhibition features some key works from the 70s and 80s that deconstruct photographic images in relation to their juxtaposed texts, such as Framed (1977, from the series US 77), which subverts a Marlboro cigarette campaign, and Possession (1976), a series of 500 posters installed throughout the city of Newcastle upon Tyne showing a man and woman embracing next to the statement ‘What does possession mean to you? / 7% of our population own 84% of our wealth’.”

Going Somewhere?, 1976
Double-page spread from exhibition catalogue, group show at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh
© Victor Burgin, Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery

Sensation, 1975
Photographic print on board, 127.5 x 249.5 cm
© Victor Burgin, Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery

Until 6 December
Richard Saltoun Gallery
111 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 6RY

Raymond Cauchetier - Flashback

Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo
On the Champs Elysées 1959
(C) Raymond Cauchetier 

This year’s Salon de la Photo in Paris features a major retrospective of the work of French photographer Raymond Cauchetier. Born in 1920, Cauchetier spent his early career in Indochina, and can be considered one of the early street photographers. His work gained critical acclaim and in the 1950s he exhibited in Japan and the United States where his collection "Faces of Vietnam" became a popular touring exhibition.

(C) Raymond Cauchetier 1953 Vietnam

(C) Raymond Cauchetier 1960

Returning to his homeland in the late 1950s Cauchetier spent the next decade immersed in the world of cinema working in an era known as Nouvelle Vague. He shot for leading directors including Jean-Luc Goddard and was on the set of films such as Breathless (the photograph below of Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo is considered one of his most well known). But his love for Asia continued to draw him back to that part of the world throughout his career.

1954 Pierre Schoendorffer à Dien Bien Phu
(C) Raymond Cauchetier  

Now in his nineties, this retrospective "Raymond Cauchetier: Flashback" is a fitting tribute to this French master.

The Salon de la Photo is one of the major photography events held in Paris in November.

7-11 November
Porte de Versailles in Paris

Wherever you are have a wonderful weekend.

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