March 14, 2014

Friday Round Up - 14 March 2014

This week on Friday Round Up a feature interview with Indian master photographer Raghu Rai, Melbourne street photographer Jesse Marlow launches his new book, Robin Hammond continues to clock up awards for his work on the mental health crisis in Africa, exhibitions, talks and more.

Feature Interview:
Warm Heart Cool Eye - Raghu Rai
In interview with Alison Stieven-Taylor

(C) Raghu Rai

In 2012 Raghu Rai visited Australia for what was to become the last Foto Freo festival. Here is an excerpt from Alison Stieven-Taylor's interview with one of the great Indian photographers of the last century. 

When young photographers ask for advice Raghu tells them - "I want to uproot you and toss you in the air. When you come down, you don’t put your steps on anyone else’s footsteps and you don’t step on your own footsteps. Define your own approach. Nature will offer you something. Try to discover a moment, rather than allowing everything to happen in your head. Life has so much magic happening all the time, but if we are just shooting with our heads then the world of photography becomes very boring. My personal journey, my exploration, for myself has been to invest my mind, body and soul in my photography..." to read the full article click the Feature Articles tab at the top of the blog or here.

Book Release:
Jesse Marlow - Don't Just Tell Them Show Them

On Wednesday 19 March Jesse Marlow will launch his new book at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne. Alison Stieven-Taylor's interview with Jesse will appear as a feature article soon, but for now here's a visual teaser.

(C) All images Jesse Marlow

Don't Just Tell Them Show Them
Launched by Shaune Laikin Director, Monash Gallery of Art
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Wednesday 19 March
404 George Street
Fitzroy Melbourne
Published by M.33
For more information about the book visit M.33

To see more of Jesse Marlow's work click here

More Awards for
Robin Hammond's "Condemned"

Adding to his already impressive list of awards for his work - “Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis”- including the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography, the FotoEvidence Book Award (both 2013), POYi World Understanding (2014) and World Press Photo Awards (2014), Robin Hammond has also been awarded a special jury prize in the Days International Japan Photojournalism Awards 2014.

Robin's success is well-deserved and the worldwide recognition of this extremely impressive, and important body of work, is only matched by Robin's unshakeable commitment to telling this story. You can read Alison Stieven-Taylor's interview with Robin about this work on L'Oeil de la Photographie

To buy the book visit FotoEvidence
To see more of Robin Hammond's work visit his website

Exhibition: Melbourne
Formality - Group Show 

(C) Georgia Metaxas

(C) Paul Batt

(C) Siri Hayes

Curated by Paul Batt, this group show features works from the Monash Alumni including Daniel Boetker-Smith, Ross Coulter, Siri Hayes, Kristian Häggblom, Katrin Koenning, Georgia Metaxas and Paul Batt who says, 'Formality’ is an examination of the figure with in contemporary Australian photographic practice. The exhibition explores a variety of photographic approaches, ranging from the purely performative to the strictly documentary".

Trocadero Art Space
Level 1
119 Hopkins Street
Footscray Melbourne
19 March to 5 April
Opening event Saturday 22 March 4-6pm

Exhibition & Talk:
In Conversation - Multiculturalism: what are we afraid of?

(C) Louise Whelan

Photographer Louise Whelan continues her visual documentation of Australia's multicultural society in the exhibition "Home: Photographs of Ethnic Communities"which is currently on show at the State Library of NSW. Whelan's book New Settlers was published last year by T&G Publishing. You can read Alison Stieven-Taylor's article on New Settlers in The Weekend Australian Magazine here.

In Conversation:
The issue of multiculturalism in this country is heightened by the continued debate in the community around the Australian government's appalling approach to asylum seekers. In tandem with Whelan's exhibition is the In Conversation event which will feature renowned human rights advocate and lawyer Julian Burnside AO QC, Phil Glendenning from the Refugee Council of Australia, actor and activist Jack Thompson and Louise Whelan.  

In Conversation
Wednesday 19 March
State Library of NSW
Metcalfe Auditorium
(entry via Macquarie Street)
Bookings essential. Visit website for more details.

Home: Photographs of Ethnic Communities
Until 24 August
State Library of NSW

New Settlers

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