October 17, 2014

Friday Round Up - 17th October, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up amazing work by Daniel Berehulak on the Ebola crisis, Katie Orlinsky's Bear Town, Gerd Ludwig's Nuclear Tourist, Murray Fredericks' new show opens in Sydney, Andrew Quilty wins the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Award for Photo of the Year and Majid Saeedi's Life in War launches in New York.

Picture of the Week: 
Day to Night

American photographer Stephen Wilkes overlaps dozens of images to create his amazing "Day to Night" photographs. Check out the story on this series on TIME Lightbox.

On the frontline:
Daniel Berehulak - Ebola Crisis

Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak continues to produce some remarkable work. His coverage for the New York Times on the Ebola crisis is intense. Once again he's risking his own safety to bring us the stories we need to see. Please take the time to look at these images and consider that he was shooting this story covered in the same protective gear as those pictured. In addition to his usual photographic equipment, Berehulak also had to carry multiple changes of suits, gloves and other protective items to work in what is effectively a war zone where the enemy is invisible.

All images (C) Daniel Berehulak

Climate Change:
Katie Orlinsky - Bear Town

American photojournalist Katie Orlinsky's photo essay for Al Jazeera America shows the impact of climate change on the Arctic's wildlife. In the Alaskan town of Kaktovik, polar bears are seen frequently scavenging for food as the ice recedes, and armed residents are joining the polar bear patrol to keep locals safe. The proliferation of polar bears is also becoming a tourist attraction. You can see more photographs and read the story here

All images (C) Katie Orlinsky

2014 Nikon-Walkley Award: 
Andrew Quilty wins Photo of the Year
From the Nikon-Walkley website: "Andrew Quilty’s striking “Baby Burn Victim in Boost Hospital” has been named the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year. The image shot by Quilty in an observation room in the emergency ward at Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, was the clear stand-out for the judges." Congratulations to Andrew who is currently based in Afghanistan. 

Book Launch & Exhibition: New York
Majid Saeedi - Life in War

Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi was the winner of the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award for his long term project, Life in War, shot in Afghanistan. This book and subsequent exhibition launched in New York last night at the Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, New York. Visit the FotoEvidence site for details on both the book and exhibition. Alison Stieven-Taylor's review of Life in War will be published on this blog next week. 

Chernobyl As A Tourist Destination:
Gerd Ludwig's Nuclear Tourist

Twenty-eight years ago the name of Chernobyl was etched into the annals of history. Many can recall where they were when they heard the news that there had been a reactor accident at an atomic power plant in Russia, although few at the time really understood what that meant including officials. In the months that followed people around the world reeled as we learned in more detail the devastating effects of the failure, which had been caused by human error. The fallout continued long after the headlines had faded.

National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig made nine visits to Chernobyl, the Exclusion Zone and the abandoned city of Pripyat over 20 years to record not only the physical devastation, but the ongoing impact of the disaster on the people of this region. Now his photographs show that Chernobyl has become a macabre tourist destination. Read the full story and see more images on National Geographic.

All images (C) Gerd Ludwig

Exhibition: Sydney

Murray Fredericks - Topophilia
The Greenland Icesheet Series

Internationally renowned photographer Murray Fredericks made six trips to the centre of Greenland's Ice Sheet between 2010 and 2013. The result is his latest series, Topophilia, which comprises large format photographs of the icecap, as well as stills from the abandoned war missile defence station. 

The Ice Sheet

The Abandoned Missile Station

But his new exhibition is so much more than images on walls. Taking full advantage of the multi-purpose spaces of the Annandale Galleries, Fredericks' exhibition is an immersive experience with an amazing, all-encompassing 160sqm cinematic video installation plus another video installation with three monitors. It’s not your average photographic exhibition, but then Fredericks is not your average landscape photographer. Think “epic,” “majestic,” and “breathtaking” and you’re getting close. A must see for those in Sydney. 

Still from the video installation
All images (C) Murray Fredericks

Until 8 November
Annandale Galleries
110 Trafalgar Street