October 10, 2014

Friday Round Up - 10th October, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up - Q & A with National Geographic's Chris Rainier, exhibitions at LE BAL and Ballarat, more Tim Page unpublished photographs and WorkshopX in Thailand and India. Plus Getty Images and iStock launch a new photography competition to #RePicture the world.

Picture of the Week:
35,000 Walrus' on an Alaskan Beach 

What's wrong with this picture? These walrus' should have been lying on sea ice as they usually do, only the ice has melted.


(C) Corey Accardo/AP

What their habitat should look like - from USFWS Alaska Flickr  

Q&A:
National Geographic’s Chris Rainier talks about his life-long commitment to record indigenous cultures



(C) Chris Rainier

"I have dedicated my life to what is a race against time to photograph cultures from our past that live in the present and to document them for future generations," says Chris Rainier. "These photographs are ‘postcards to the future’ of what we are losing today"... (to read the full story click on the Q&A tab at the top of this blog)

Workshops:

WorkshopX – Bangkok and Kolkata


Polish documentary photographers Aleksander Bochenek and Grzegorz Ostrega have teamed up with Australian photographer Nick McGrath to run a series of intensive workshops – November in Bangkok and December in Kolkata – under the WorkshopX banner.

Bochenek and Ostrega initially formed WorkshopX in order to run a series of photo-editing classes for photographers. The concept has now expanded into workshops, meetings, documentary films screenings and exhibitions and McGrath, who is a photojournalist and photo-editor based in Bangkok, has come in as a workshop leader also.

McGrath says the upcoming workshops offer an intimate learning experience and the three workshop leaders will be supported by three local photographers “to help our participants with fixing, translating, general problem solving on the ground and making sure that each participant gets the necessary support during the workshop”.




Above (C) Nick McGrath

Plus there are some fantastic names as guest tutors – in Bangkok multi-award winning photojournalists Jack Picone, Nic Dunlop and Thai photographer Piyavit Thongsa-Ard will work with workshop participants.

(C) Jack Picone

(C) Jack Picone


(C) Nic Dunlop


(C) Nic Dunlop


(C) Piyavit Thongsa-Ard


(C) Piyavit Thongsa-Ard

In Kolkata, Italian photojournalist and documentary photographer Alex Masi, who was the winner of the 2012 FotoEvidence Book Award for his amazing work "Bhopal Second Disaster," is the guest tutor. The addition of these special guests means all participants have the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with some of the world’s most experienced documentary photographers.


(C) Alex Masi


(C) Alex Masi

It’s an exciting line up and if documentary photography is your thing, then these two workshops are really worth considering, not only for the opportunity to improve your visual storytelling and editing skills, but to also pick the brains of some truly erudite photojournalists.

Details:
Bangkok
Date: 16 – 22 November 2014
Deadline for applications: 2 Nov 2014

Kolkata
Date: 6 – 12 December 2014

Deadline for applications: 10 Nov 2014

Workshops are limited to 10 participants only.

Exhibitions:

Paris
Group Show - LE BAL


(C) Antoine d’Agata

In this group show five photographers - Sophie Calle, Julien Magre, Stéphane Couturier, Alain Bublex and Antoine d’Agata – were invited by LE BAL to explore the concept of the road. “Anonymous and yet so familiar, the highway became their creative land, their intimate playground. For all of them…an invitation to find themselves, to get lost... s’il y a lieu.” 


(C) Julien Magre


(C) Sophie Calle


(C) Alain Bublex

LE BAL is a brilliant space - gallery, cafe and bookshop. I visited LE BAL last year to see Mark Cohen's Dark Knees exhibition. If you're lucky enough to be in Paris, put LE BAL on your list.



Until 26 October
LE BAL
6 Impasse de la Défense
75018 Paris

Exhibitions: Ballarat

Robert Imhoff: Retrospective
A Life in Grain and Pixels



With a career that spans five decades, Australian photographer Robert Imhoff has many stories that point to his ingenuity and knowing when to make the most of a situation. Even as a child he was always looking for an opportunity. At the Melbourne Olympic Games village in 1956 a 7-year-old Rob slid between the legs of the adults and under a barricade to take a snapshot of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with his Kodak Brownie E-box camera (above). This photograph features alongside numerous images taken over his career in the retrospective exhibition and book, Imhoff: A Life of Grain and Pixels.

The boldness that led to his photograph of the Prince, combined with a well developed sense of timing, and the ability to make his subjects relax, are hallmarks of Rob’s long career that has spanned continents and seen him photograph many Australian icons. Such is his portfolio, in both photography and film - he’s directed more than 300 productions - that Rob is considered one of the elder statesmen of commercial photography in Australia.


One of the first portraits Imhoff took in 1969 - Sydney Charles Bromley












All images (C) Robert Imhoff


Opens tomorrow.

Imhoff: A Life of Grain and Pixels
40 Lydiard Street North,
Ballarat
11 October to 7 December

Competition:

Getty launches #RePicture Competition


Launched at Cannes Lions this year, Getty's #RePicture is about challenging the stereotypical imagery that is used to illustrate particular concepts, customs, cultures and people. Now the #RePicture competition invites photographers - amateurs and pros - to break free from these stereotypes and #RePicture the world.

Competition closes 20 November, 2014.  Visit the website here for all the details.

Tim Page Unseen
Continuing Photojournalism Now's exclusive series of unpublished photographs from legendary photojournalist Tim Page, this week features the last installation of Page's Sri Lanka images - click on the tab at the top of the blog to see more images.