February 27, 2015

Friday Round Up - 27th February, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up new exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, a big shout out to Daniel Berehulak and his win in POYi Awards and Alexia Foundation announces its 2015 grant winners. Also 2015 Head On Photo Festival extends the closing date for award entries until 8 March.


Peter Milne -Juvenilia

Boys Next Door first photo session after Rowland joined, Nick’s bedroom, Caulfield, c1978
For those who lived it and for those who wished they had, Peter Milne’s Juvenilia celebrates many of the artists who were part of the vibrant, zany and ridiculously creative alternative music scene in Melbourne from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s.

“Warm, intimate, surprising and already displaying the great compositional skills, originality and humour for which Milne is known, these images offer an unprecedented peep… at a milieu of people who went on to play pivotal roles in Melbourne’s burgeoning cultural scene,” says co-curator Linsey Gosper of Strange Neighbour Gallery. 

Anita Lane

Rowland S Howard and Genevieve McGuckin, St Kilda rooftop, 1977 

Polly Borland

Rowland S Howard

Milne’s black and white images portray the intimacy that only comes with the trust of friendship. Photographs in this exhibition include early shots of Nick Cave’s band Boys Next Door, hanging out in Cave’s bedroom at his parents house. There are also a number of images of the late Rowland S. Howard, along with Mick Harvey, Polly Borland, Tony Clark, Anita Lane and Blixa Bargeld amongst others.

27 February to March 28
Q&A with journalist Michael Dwyer and Peter Milne
Thursday 5 March, 5.30 - 8pm.

Strange Neighbour
395 Gore Street
(C) All photos Peter Milne

Michael Williams - Chromophobia 

“Since the early 1980s I have been fixated with the dynamic and often intrusive presence of colour within public and personal environments,” says Australian photographer Michael Williams who uses flash to “isolate elements, accentuate colour and forge a direct momentary relationship with my subjects”. 

Colour Factory Gallery
March 5-28
409-429 Gore St
(C) All images Michael Williams

Bookmarked - Stills Gallery

Diedre Brollo

Celebrating the photobook in all its forms, Bookmarked features everything from hand made books to slick, offset publications from a diverse group of artists including Diedre Brollo / Danny Digby / Stephen Dupont / Anne Ferran / Chris Fortescue / Nicholas Jones / Sarah McConnell / Trent Parke / Louis Porter / Madeleine Preston / Kurt Schranzer/ Teo Treloar as well as a selection of books from the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. 

Danny Digby

Nicholas Jones

Trent Parke

Exhibition: 4-28 March
Stills Photobook Fair - Saturday 7 March, 11am to 5pm
Artist Talk with Stephen Dupont Saturday 7 March, 3pm

Stills Gallery
36 Gosbell Street 

Daniel Berehulak wins Photographer of the Year, again!
Daniel Berehulak/ Getty Images Reportage

This week the POYi Awards were announced and Australian freelance photojournalist Daniel Berehulak took out top honours (again) this time for the amazing work he did on the Ebola outbreak. Daniel is one of the most inspiring, hard working and compassionate photographers I know. Absolutely thrilled that he has been recognised for this important body of work. I'm interviewing Daniel about his POYi win, so look out for my story in the coming weeks.  

Alexia Foundation 
2015 Grant Recipients Announced

Paolo Marchetti - The Price of Vanity - Professional Grant
Italy, Milan in September 2014, caiman skins exposed during the most important showroom in the world, called "LINEAPELLE." Thousands of workers are coming to this event from all over the world. Paolo Marchetti

Poland, Village of "Biala Wies" close to Grodzisk Wlkp. Here inside the company “Nutrex” one of the most important intensive breeding of minks in all Poland. Here the conveyor belt where the mink are transported from one building to another. In the background the bodies without mantles are stacked in a large container, after being processed. Paolo Marchett

Italian freelance photojournalist Paolo Marchetti is this year’s recipient of the 2015 Professional Grant from the Alexia Foundation. He will receive $20,000 to pursue his long-term project, The Price of Vanity, an exploration into the brutal world of intensive breeding farms that are used to produce skins and furs for the high-end fashion industry. Paolo, who is incredibly passionate about this project, was stunned with the news of his success. “This is terrific news for me, this is incredible. I am so grateful to the judges,” he said.

This is powerful and important visual storytelling. Next time you are looking to buy an animal skin or fur garment, remember the brutal methods in which these skins are obtained and the horrible ending to these animals' lives. Is it worth it?

Colombia, Puerto Giraldo, two hours from Barranquilla.The puppies are moved to larger tanks and with different characteristics, depending on the size and health emergencies caimans. Here in the photo, some caimans of about 70 cm. inside a tank where it is regularly paid an antibiotic estimate (the blue liquid), to ensure the occurrence of serious infections. Paolo Marchetti

Colombia, Puerto Giraldo, two hours from Barranquilla.Thousands of caiman skins stretched out in the open after the first cleaning process and salting on the farm.The skins of breeding "Repticosta" are intended to Eastern Market, the skins will be exhibited here in Singapore within 20 days. Paolo Marchetti

Michael Santiago - Stolen Land, Stolen Future - Student Grant
The recipient of the 2015 Student Grant is Michael Santiago for his project Stolen Land, Stolen Future. The grant will further his documentation of the lives of African-American farmers who have fought to acquire and maintain land across the USA, despite facing extreme difficulties. Michael will receive full tuition to study at the Syracuse University London Program amongst other prizes. 

Farmer James McGill’s Duroc and Bluebutt show pigs need to have daily exercise to keep their physique looking strong so they will please the judges at the annual Kern County Fair. Michael Santiago

February 20, 2015

Friday Round Up - 20th February, 2015

This week Alison Stieven-Taylor's interview with #Dysturb's Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette, Alexia Sinclair's Rococo opens in Sydney and 2015 FotoEvidence Book Award winner is announced today.

Feature Article:
Creating a Dysturbance
Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette in interview

L-R: Benjamin Girette, Alison Stieven-Taylor and Pierre Terdjman 
(C) Marty Williams

In the main, photojournalists are a resourceful bunch and many are undeterred by the so-called ‘crisis’ in journalism. This is especially true of freelancers who by the very nature of their work are adept at finding ways to tell the stories that are important to them, and to seek new ways to engage the public.

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor

One of the most exciting examples of this ingenuity is #dysturb, an initiative that sees large black and white posters featuring a single image with caption and credit pasted on walls around some of the world’s largest cities including Paris and New York. Now it's Melbourne's turn.... (to read the full article and see more images please click on the Feature Articles tab at the top of the blog).

2015 FotoEvidence Book Award
And the winner is...

Marcus Bleasdale
Inferno: Central African Republic 

Marcus Bleasdale is the fifth recipient of the FotoEvidence Book Award. FotoEvidence publisher Svetlana Bachevanova said Bleasdale’s “personal commitment and courage in documenting the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR)…embody exactly the values that FotoEvidence has sought to recognize and support during the last five years”.

(C) Marcus Bleasdale

(C) Marcus Bleasdale

Bleasdale, who is with VII Photo agency, shot this particular story over 18 months, but he has trained his camera on the long term crisis in CAR for more than 15 years. For his winning story he worked closely with Human Rights Watch travelling to areas that had not seen journalists or photographers for some months. His photographs provide evidence of atrocities that few outside the country had any knowledge and as such have become important factual documents. The FotoEvidence Book Award adds to a raft of international accolades Bleasdale has garnered in recent years. Inferno: Central African Republic gives light to an ongoing conflict that has caused and continues to cause, countless trauma for those living in its shadow.

Fabio Bucciarelli: On the Brink of an Abyss 

Matt Black: The Geography of Poverty 

Jan Garup: Somalia in Transition 

Daniele Volpe: Guatemala - Ixil Genocide

For more information visit the FotoEvidence website.

Alexia Sinclair - Rococo

One of the most exciting fine art photographers at work today, Australian Alexia Sinclair's new show 'Rococo' opened in Sydney this week at Blackeye Gallery. For those living in Oz, check out my feature article on Alexia in the Australian Financial Review Weekend, tomorrow, Saturday 21st February. Alexia will be giving artist talks this Saturday and Saturday 28th February at 3pm. 

Blackeye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Road
Until 8 March

Watch the Rococo video here.   

February 13, 2015

Friday Round Up - 13th February, 2015

This week #dysturb comes to Melbourne, in Sydney Louise Whelan's African/Australians is on show at Customs House, Australian Raphaela Rosella wins at World Press Photo and Photobook Melbourne, Canadian Paul Zizka shows us the beauty of nature and Head On Photo Festival Awards, with a prize pool this year of more than $50,000, calls for entries. And if you're in Melbourne check out the photobook fair at the Centre of Contemporary Photography this weekend as part of Photobook Melbourne.

Taking Photojournalism to the Streets:
#dysturb in Melbourne

Photo by Philip Montgomery - Ferguson, Missouri - November 25, 2014. Riots break out on West Florissant Avenue between Ferguson Avenue and Chambers Road following the news that the St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. © Benjamin Petit

This week #dysturb's Pierre Terdjman and Benjamin Girette flew in to Melbourne from Paris for the inaugural Photobook Melbourne Festival. The pair will spend the next nine days pasting large format black and white posters of photographs by some of the world's leading photojournalists. I caught up with them today and my interview will be published here next week. 

#dysturb will be popping up in the inner city suburbs of Fitzroy, Footscray and Brunswick. Keep your eyes peeled for these fantastic images that are literally taking photojournalism to the streets. To find out more visit the website

Louise Whelan - African/Australians

Australia’s reputation as a multicultural society has been tarnished in recent times by the antics of our politicians, yet Australians in general are a welcoming bunch who recognise the amazing contribution that migrants have made to our country over the decades. Without the diversity of our multicultural communities, and our Indigenous peoples, this nation would be the equivalent of plain, white bread.

Celebrating this multiplicity is at the heart of the portraits that feature in a new exhibition by Sydney photographer Louise Whelan: African/Australians. This body of work is part of a larger project Louise has been working on for several years – to document more than 180 nationalities that live in New South Wales (NSW). Initially commissioned under the auspices of the State Library of NSW, the project has now expanded to include others states such as Queensland and Western Australia. There is also a book, New Settlers, which was released in 2013. 

‘African/Australians’ is the next instalment in a project that she says continues to evolve “just as we are as a nation”. These portraits feature people from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan and South Sudan, encapsulating the diversity of Australia’s African migrant population.

African/Australians – Louise Whelan
Until 22 March, 2015
Customs House
31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay


World Press Photo 
& Photobook Melbourne Winner 

Yesterday the winners of this year's World Press Photo Awards were announced. Australian Raphaela Rosella, from Nimbin, won in the Portraits category for "Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School."

She was also the winner in the Australian Photobook of the Year Award for her unpublished work, We Met A Little Early But I get to Love You Longer, a book concerning teenage pregnancy. This Award is part of Photobook Melbourne and sponsored by Momento Pro. 

Photo Essay:
Paul Zizka - Frozen Bubbles

Canadian photographer Paul Zizka has captured this natural phenomenon of methane gas bubbles in frozen lakes in Canada. Nature is truly remarkable. 

(C) All images Paul Zizka. See more of his work here. 

Call for Entries

Head On Photo Festival
Closing Date: 1st March, 2015

One of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals, Head On is calling for photographers to compete for prizes across five categories: Portrait, Landscape, Mobile, Moving Image and Students. Professional and emerging photographers, photo journalists and artists are encouraged to submit to the Head On Photo Awards.

Across 5 categories, 16 judges, 160 finalists and $50 000 in prizes, the Head On Awards represent a global selection of the best emerging and established photography. Our anonymous judging ensures each work is selected solely on its merit rather than the celebrity of the photographer. Visit the website here for details

February 06, 2015

Friday Round Up - 6th February, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up it's all about photobooks - the inaugural Photobook Melbourne Festival kicks off next week. Check out the preview here including book awards and exhibitions. Plus FotoEvidence and Tanya Habjouqa join forces to publish Occupied Pleasures and more links to interesting stories.

Festival Debut:
Photobook Melbourne

12-22 February

Photobook Melbourne Festival Director
Heidi Romano

This year Australia has a new photography festival to add to the calendar: Photobook Melbourne. The brainchild of fine art photographer and designer, and now Festival Director, Heidi Romano, and co-founder Daniel Boetker Smith - Director of Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, Photobook Melbourne kicks off on 12th February.

This ten-day Festival promises to introduce Melbournians to a vast array of photobooks, including those that were finalists in the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards over the past three years.

“What we’re showing are pretty much the best books of the world. I was really lucky to see the Aperture books at Paris Photo in 2013 and I just fell in love with this whole idea that you can see, and touch all these amazing books…It is the tactility, which inspired me so much,” says Heidi Romano.

She continues. “Books travel lightly. With the limited funding we had I could afford to get lots of books over here, but I couldn’t afford 200 exhibitions! With all of these books coming from around the world I feel like I can actually showcase these little mini-exhibitions within the Festival. And it is also very interesting to expose Australia and especially Melbourne to the Aperture Prize and to share the awards that are happening around the world”. 

Photobook Melbourne will have more than 200 photobooks on display, the majority of which will be available to physically engage with. In addition to the Paris Photo-Aperture Awards finalists, books from Photobook Ireland’s library project and the Photobook Club UK will be on display. A Book Fair is also scheduled with representation from local and international photobook publishers.

The programme also includes talks, workshops, studio visits and nine exhibitions. #dysturb will participate too, although what they are posting on the streets of Melbourne is a closely guarded secret. The inclusion of #dysturb fulfills Romano’s desire to have a “political element” without it becoming a photojournalism festival. 

On the Festival’s opening night the winner of the 2015 Australian Photobook of the Year Awards, will be announced. The Awards attracted around 100 entries from which 15 finalists were chosen.

Australian Photobook of the Year Awards* – Finalists
Ashely Gilbertson - Bedrooms of the Fallen
Jackson Eaton – Better Half
Jesse Marlow – Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them
Glenn Sloggett – Fibro Dreams
Ying Ang – Gold Coast
Kristian Laemmle-Ruff – In the Folds of Hills
Odette England – Lover of Home
Kelvin Skewes – Nauru: What was taken and what was given
Jessie + Jacqueline DiBlasi – Nonna to Nana
Emma Phillips – SALT
Brendan Esposito – The Beginning
Andrea Francolini – The Kings of KKH
David Kirkland – Tribal PNG
Stephen Dupont – Typhoon
Raphaela Rosella – We Met a Little Early But I Get to Love You Longer
*Presented by the Festival’s major sponsor Momento Pro

Photobook Melbourne 12-22 February
Various venues

Visit the website and check the Festival’s Facebook page for updates

Selected Programme Highlights: 

(C) Robert Zhao Renhui - A guide to the flora and fauna of the world

Photobook Melbourne Opening Night &
Australian Photobook of the Year Awards

12 February, 6pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St

Paris-Photo Aperture Photobook Awards Exhibition
Opening Friday 13 February
The Baron Said
83 Kerr Street

The Photobook Melbourne Fair
14 & 15 February
Centre for Contemporary Photography

Photobook Publishing Panel Discussion
16 February
Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Free. Limited seats. Bookings essential. Visit website for details.

Photobook Melbourne Exhibition Programme:

Opening 12 February: 

Robert Zhao Renhui 
A guide to the flora and fauna of the world
Centre for Contemporary Photography 

Wouter van de Voorde - Sunrise
Colour Factory
409 – 429 Gore Street

Glen Sloggett - Fibro Dreams
Strange Neighbour
395 – 397 Gore St

Opening 14 February: 

Jordan Madge - Backwoods
Lindberg Gallery
67 Cambridge Street

Sarah Pannell - East of the Euphrates
7 Campbell Street

Katrin Koenning - Indefinitely
James Makin Gallery
67 Cambridge Street

Yaakov Israel 
The Quest for the Man on The White Donkey
Lindberg Galleries

Opening 17 February:

Sam Wong - NY 

Jack Shelton - LA 

No Vacancy Gallery
34 – 40 Jane Bell Lane

Kickstarter Campaign:
Occupied Pleasures - Tanya Habjouqa

(C) Tanya Habjouqa

FotoEvidence and award-winning documentary photographer Tanya Habjouqa have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of a hardcover book of Habjouqa's study of the Palestinian people. Habjouqa's body of work focuses on the everyday, ordinary things that people do to find pleasure and joy in the shadow of conflict. This is the fifth Kickstarter collaboration FotoEvidence has entered into with a photojournalist and the strategy is proving successful in bringing important stories into the public consciousness. Publisher Svetlana Bachevanova said this week that the campaign had already reached its target long before the end date, which is fantastic and further proof that people will pay for quality work. But if you want to support this worthy book, and allow Habjouqa to expand its scope, you can still contribute. Visit the Kickstarter campaign here. 

(C) Tanya Habjouqa

Links to Interesting stories from the world of photography:

Wired Raw File: Ninjas: Gold Rush In Mongolia