July 18, 2014

Friday Round Up - 18 July, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up new exhibitions for Edmund Pearce and Blackeye Gallery, Awards and Finalists and the Picture of the Week. Plus photographs from three iconic documentary photographers – Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and William Eggleston. And check out the Danube Revisited: Inge Morath Truck Project, which is currently underway.

Picture of the Week:
In Beijing the parents of Internet addicts are sending their children to military style boot camps to try to combat their online obsessions. There are more than 250 of these boot camp programs in China. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Exhibition: Melbourne
Out of the Closets, Into the Streets
Gay Liberation Photography 1971-1973

(C) Phillip Potter

This group show presents works that document the early rising of the gay liberation movement in Australia. These photographs not only record the societal shifts of the time acted out in public rallies and protests, but also capture private moments as seen in the intimate portraits of photographer Barbara Creed. The show features a number of photographs by John Englart that capture 1973’s Gay Pride Week in Sydney. 

 (C) Barbara Creed

(C) John Englart

At a time when Australia is debating the issue of gay marriage, this exhibition demonstrates that many of the phobias around sexuality and gender that existed in the 1970s are still present now. Yet it also shows the power of a united voice, and reminds us that the protests of the 1970s, and the courage of those who were prepared to stand up for their rights, directly impacted the lives of many who identify as GLBTI.

Out of the Closets, Into the Streets features work from Barbara Creed, John Englart, Phillip Potter, Ponch Hawkes and Rennie Ellis.

Edmund Pearce Gallery
Level 2 Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street

Exhibition: Sydney
Stephen Dupont – White Sheet Series

(C) Stephen Dupont

This week photojournalist Stephen Dupont’s “The white sheet series No. 01” exhibition opens in Sydney at Blackeye Gallery. This exhibition, which was shown earlier in the year at Edmund Pearce, Melbourne, features a series of portraits Dupont took of visitors and pilgrims to Kumbh Mela, the most important Hindu Festival held in India four times every 12 years.

With this series Dupont, who is best known for his hard-nosed photojournalism work, has used Indian textile stamps to decorate the borders of the images, creating intricate patterns that frame the portraits in rich reds.

Until 3rd August
Black Eye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Road
Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Looking Back
Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and William Eggleston

As I dive into research for my PhD I’ll be sharing snippets of information on the world of photography, both past and present. This week while we look at the new work that is being showcased in galleries and competitions, I thought it pertinent to share images from three iconic photographers who challenged documentary tradition in the 1950s and 1960s - Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and William Eggleston.

(C) Diane Arbus

(C) Diane Arbus

(C) Garry Winogrand

(C) Garry Winogrand

(C) William Eggleston

(C) William Eggleston
The Bowness Photography Prize – Finalists

Forty-eight photographers have been named as finalists in the 9th annual Bowness Photography Prize valued at $25,000.

Both emerging and established photographers can enter this competition, which is considered one of Australia’s “most open prizes for photography” as it has no thematic restrictions either. As such the finalists’ works are truly diverse with classic portraiture styles up against conceptual and abstract work.

Some of the finalists’ works are from larger series or bodies of work. In my opinion, often single images do not translate when they are removed from context and there are several images in this collection that fall into that category. But hats off to the judges – artist Siri Hayes, MGA Director Shaune Laikin and National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble - for being able to whittle the entries down to only 48 – having been a judge this year for Head On Photo Festival I know what an enormous task it is to critically assess thousands of images.

This week images from four of the finalists are featured to give readers an indication of the breadth of work submitted for this coveted prize. 

(C) Lee Grant

(C) Georgia Metaxas

 (C) Matthew Newton

(C) Darren Sylvester

The winner will be announced on 4th September. In the meantime you can check out the finalists’ images at the Monash Gallery of Art website – www.mga.org.au/bowness-prize

Finalists for the 2014 $25 000 Bowness Photography Prize:

Todd Anderson-Kunert, John Bodin, Jessica Brent, Ross Calia, Andrew Chapman, Danica Chappell, Rowan Conroy, Nici Cumpston, Tamara Dean, Shoufay Derz, Marian Drew, Lesley Duxbury, Cherine Fahd, Sean Fennessy, Gerrit Fokkema, John Gollings, Lee Grant, Mike Gray, Janina Green, Kristian Häggblom, Petrina Hicks, Shane Hulbert, Ingvar Kenne, Mark Kimber, Aldona Kmiec, Katrin Koenning, Christopher Köller, Annika Koops, Agata Krajewska, Ashlee Laing, Owen Leong, Georgia Metaxas, Graham Miller, Sarah Mosca, Harry Nankin, Matthew Newton, Zorica Purlija, Clare Rae, Kate Robertson, Julie Rrap, Emily Sandrussi, Vivian Cooper Smith, Darren Sylvester, Salote Tawale, Claudia Terstappen, Justine Varga, Anne Wilson and Yiorgo Yiannopoulos.

San Francisco:
Kellicut International Photography Show
2014 Winner – Goran Jovic

The Kellicut prize was established in 2008 on an open call basis. This year more than 1200 entries were received from across 15 countries with the winner Croatian photographer Goran Jovic for his work “Home Alone” (below). 

Started by photographers Jeff and Kirsten Klagenberg, the Kellicut International Photography Show prize and exhibition are designed to promote the concept of photography as art to new audiences and to introduce new artists. To date the Kellicut trophy and cash prize ($US2000) has been awarded to photographers from Australia, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the US.

Kellicut International Photography Show
Exhibition Until 31 July
Coastal Arts League
300 Main Street
Half Moon Bay
San Francisco

To find out more about the prize and exhibition visit the website here

Other Exhibitions worth seeing:

Michael Prideaux
Sea & Sky


Until 2 August
45 Flinders Lane

The Sievers Project
Group Show

Centre for Contemporary Photography

(C)  Zoe Croggon    

Until 31 August
404 George St

Project Update:
Danube Revisited
Inge Morath Truck Project

Last month Friday Round Up featured an interview with Australian photographer Claire Martin, one of the winners of the Inge Morath Award, about the Danube Revisited project. To quickly recap, this project involves the nine recipients of the Inge Morath Award who are now travelling along the Danube River from the Black Forest to the Black Sea in a large truck that has been converted into a mobile photography gallery. Along the route they will host artist talks, photo forums and cultural exchanges with local institutions and organisations. Following the tour they will embark on the creation of new works to be exhibited in 2015. 

(C) Inge Morath 

To follow the progress of these nine inspirational women photographers visit their blog here

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