October 24, 2014

Friday Round Up - 24th October, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up new exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, Majid Saeedi's Life in War in review, William Daniels Train for the Forgotten, and more.  

Picture of the Week:
In the Shadow of Ebola - Daily Life Goes On In Liberia

(C) Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR

Photo Essay:
William Daniels - Train for the Forgotten

Panos Pictures' photographer William Daniels' photo essay on the Russian medical train that services communities in remote parts of that vast country draws focus on what many who live in urban environments take for granted - easy access to medical support. For those residents in isolated towns across Siberia, medical conditions that are routine procedures in the city, like appendicitis, can be death sentences. This government funded train has around 15 doctors who treat a range of conditions as best they can given their resources and the frequency of visits. 

Above: 31 year old Elena Shershova suffers from severe psoriasis. Here she sweeps up her skin flakes in her tiny apartment. “I’m losing my skin on my body, everywhere, everywhere!” laments the 31-year-old." 

Book Review:
Majid Saeedi - Life in War

I met Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi at Visa pour l’Image last year when his exhibition, Life in War, was featured in the core program. Since then Saeedi has gone on to win the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award for the same work, with the official launch of his book, Life in War, in New York earlier this month.

Saeedi has covered the Afghanistan conflict for more than a decade. But his interest in that country and its people extends beyond the news headlines and since 2009 he has lived amongst that country’s inhabitants and focused on telling the story of daily life in a war zone....(to read the full review and see more images please click on the Book Reviews tab at the top of the blog).


Australian women photographers 1970s–80s

(C) Anne Ferran - Scenes on the death of nature 1986

With the resurgence in interest in feminism, not only because of Emma Watson’s landmark speech, but also other movements around the world where women are speaking up for their rights, it seems timely to look back at the feminist era of the 70s and 80s.

A new exhibition at Monash Gallery of Art opening tomorrow – Photography meets feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s - revisits the work of 16 female photo-artists to explore themes that are still relevant today – the objectification of women in advertising; concepts of beauty; struggling for balance between career and nurture. 

(C) Micky Allan 1980

(C) Christine Godden 1976 

Until 7 December
Monash Gallery of Art 
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill

Australian comedienne Hannah Gadsby will open this group show at 2pm on Saturday 25th October.

Artists: Micky Allan, Pat Brassington, Virginia Coventry, Sandy Edwards, Anne Ferran, Sue Ford, Christine Godden, Helen Grace, Janina Green, Fiona Hall, Ponch Hawkes, Carol Jerrems, Merryle Johnson, Ruth Maddison, Julie Rrap, and Robyn Stacey.

Gary Steer - Ghost Lakes

Australia's interior provides a rich palette for documentary photographer Gary Steer whose images have a painterly quality. In this exhibition Steer presents a series of aerial landscapes that turn the natural beauty of windswept salt pans, rivers and lakes into works of art. 

Until 9 November
3/138 Darlinghurst Road

New Articles by Alison Stieven-Taylor:

Pro Photo magazine

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NZ Pro Photographer
Don McCullin - No Rest for the Weary

Available in print and on iPad

L'Oeil de la Photographie
Imhoff: A Life of Grain and Pixels

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