March 27, 2015

Friday Round Up - 27 March, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up - a photo essay on the Maldives by local photographer Ashwa Faheem, exhibitions in Milan and the UK, Tim Laffey at Blackeye, last chance for Peter Milne and Michael Williams in Melbourne, Heidi Levine awarded inaugural Anja Niedringhaus Award and Alfred Fried and Kaunas Photo 2015 call for entries.

Inaugural Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism

(C)Warrick Page/International Women's Media Foundation/AP 

Heidi Levine, an independent American photojournalist based in Jerusalem, has been awarded the inaugural Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. This Award, administered by the International Women’s Media Foundation, was instituted in honour of Pulitzer prize winning AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus who was killed by a gunman in Afghanistan last year, where she was reporting on the national elections. 

Levine, a mother of three, has spent two decades covering both sides of the conflict in Gaza. "Her courage and commitment to the story in Gaza is unwavering," the award jury said of Levine's body of work. "She documents tragic events under dire circumstances while displaying a depth of compassion for the people she encounters".

(C) Heidi Levine

(C) Heidi Levine

Photo Essay:
Ashwa Faheem – Living Spaces 

Master Bedroom - a father of six seen sleeping in his room without a mattress

"Living Spaces is a photo story about the people living in limited spaces in Male, the capital city of Maldives - one of the most densely populated pieces of land on Earth,” says local photographer Ashwa Faheem.

For the past two years this young photojournalist has travelled through the tiny islands that make up the Maldives to document the circumstances of the local people and the migrant workers, who live beyond the gaze of tourists. Her view is not the Maldives of the tourist brochures with pristine azure waters, white sands and luxury resorts. In 'Living Spaces' Ashwa shows how many locals struggle to survive, crammed into tiny, rundown spaces. 

Narrow Living - after an evening shower, a son stands to tok with is mother 
in a narrow corridor which serves as the living room of their house in Male 

Confined Privacy - Under a 5ft ceiling a daughter and mother rest in their
respective bedrooms

Sleeping Shift - a man sits on the bed where he sleeps. 
A lot of the men take turns to sleep in order to share their limited sleeping space

Dreamer - a lot of children grow up not knowing the luxury of a proper home 
A Family’s Room - the room where a father, a mother
and a newborn share, with all their possessions
(C) All photos and captions Ashwa Faheem 
In another series 'Wastelands', she documents the artificial island of Thilafushi, which acts as the rubbish dump for Male, where more than 5000 workers from Bangladesh and India work and live in what she calls “one of the most dangerous and toxic environments imaginable”. 

(C) All photos Ashwa Faheem 

Of her work she says, “At the end of the day I don't think that you can ever truly capture the chaos, which the victims of social injustice live through daily. As photojournalists I think that it is very important to not just photograph them, but also to live with them…I hope to bring a positive change to the lives of people through my work". 

Brassaï – Pour l’amour de Paris 

This exhibition pays homage to one of the most inspirational, and intuitive, photographers of the last century and one of my personal favourites. Brassaï’s love affair with photographing Paris began in 1929 and lasted for more than fifty years. If you are fortunate enough to be in Milan make this exhibition a must-see. 

Brassaï – Pour l’amour de Paris
Palazzo Morando
Until 28 June

Exhibition - Holkham Hall
Chris Steele-Perkins 

On first glance you could be forgiven for thinking these images are stills from the hit TV series Downton Abbey, but they are in fact photographs of Holkham Hall Estate, which spans 23,000 acres on the Norfolk coast in England and dates back to the 1700s.

Over a year, Magnum photographer, Chris Steele-Perkins photographed at Holkham Hall documenting the Estate's activities including hunting, shooting, concerts and weddings. He also photographed the numerous workers that form the backbone of day to day life on the Estate.

This body of work, which was published last year as 'A Place in the Country' by Dewi Lewis, will be on exhibition at Holkham Hall during the visitors season, which opens on 29th March. 

(C) All images Chris Steele-Perkins

Lord of the manor, Viscount Coke said, “We are essentially a very private family so it was a big step to invite someone in to be a part of life at Holkham for 12 months. Holkham in this generation is a fascinating mix of business interests and custodian responsibilities. We must develop new ideas and create new income streams while maintaining the great heritage we have at Holkham. We also have a big responsibility to conserve the many aspects of the estate from conservation of wildlife and landscapes to caring for great works of art and historic furniture and furnishings. This can only be achieved through teamwork and we are fortunate to have such excellent teams looking after everything at Holkham. We hope this new exhibition will provide a real insight into the life of our estate and the people behind it.”

29 March to 31 October
Holkham Hall
Norfolk NR23 1AB
United Kingdom

In Brief - exhibitions and call for entries:

Tim Laffey
To Think Without Words 
Blackeye Gallery Darlinghurst
Until 5 April

(C) Tim Laffey

(C) Tim Laffey

Melbourne - Last Chance Closing 28 March
Michael Williams

Colour Factory, Fitzroy 

Peter Milne

Call for Entries:
The Alfred Fried Photography Award 2015
Entries close 17 May
Theme: What does peace look like?

Kaunas Photo 2015 - extended call for entries until 15 April

March 20, 2015

Friday Round Up - 20 March, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up an interview with Russian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva, Asher Milgate's Survivors, the Photograph and Australia (AGNSW), Earthmatters (MGA), Inspiration by Design (SLV) and Derryn Tal at Stanley Street.

Evgenia Arbugaeva 

(C) Evgenia Arbugaeva - Weather Man

The remote reaches of our planet hold fascination for many. From the comfort of our heated homes we harbour romanticised views of explorers and scientists working in fantastical locations like the Arctic. With the Northern Lights dancing across the sky, endless plains of snow and ice and darkness descending for half the year, nature paints a thrilling canvas that allows the imagination to soar.

(C) Evgenia Arbugaeva - Weather Man

(C) Evgenia Arbugaeva - Weather Man
Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva knows this canvas well. She grew up in Tiksi in the Republic of Yakutia, a northern Russian seaport located on the coast of the Laptev Sea. Her father, a breeder of rare Eastern Siberian Huskies, invested in his children a love of nature and adventure, a spirit that today informs her choices on what to photograph...(to read the full interview and see more pictures please click on the Feature Articles link at the top of the blog).

Evgenia Arbugaeva's Weather Man is currently showing in Paris at In Camera Gallery until 14 April, 2015 and will also feature in this year's Photo de Mer Festival in France 3 April to 3 May. 



Asher Milgate - SURVIVORS

Aunty Joyce
This exhibition of recorded oral histories and black and white portraits features the Elders and Elders-in-waiting who grew up on the Nanima Mission in Wellington, 350km west from Sydney at the junction of the Macquarie and Bell Rivers.

Photographer Asher Milgate, who was born in Wellington,  says he returned to his home town after living in Sydney with a new perspective on his local community. Turning his focus to the importance of documenting the history of the area's Indigenous people, Milgate has created an invaluable resource that will serve generations to come. 

Milgate says, “This project has humbled me a lot. I am a white Australian and I grew up amongst these people and in this place. I couldn’t see things clearly as a child, but now as an adult I have more perspective. I went to school and played football with many of the grandsons and sons of the people I interviewed. They are my friends. This gave me some confidence to contact the people I interviewed for this project. I wanted to record and share their stories”.

“Being a local non-Indigenous person and being granted the permission and acceptance to work so closely with the community to produce a work of this kind, I believe is the start of reconciliation in our community. A grass roots development that I hope will bring together our whole community by creating understanding, respect and acceptance.”

Denise Kelly

Neville Brown

Paul West

Uncle Billy Lou

Wayne Carr

Milgate hopes Survivors will “help retain Indigenous oral history…My work seeks to preserve the beliefs of these great people, their legends and traditions”.

Until 10 May 2015
Western Plains Cultural Centre
Dubbo, NSW (393km west of Sydney)
(C) All images Asher Milgate


The Photograph and Australia

Olive Cotton, Only to taste the warmth, the light, the wind c1939

At a time when photography is ubiquitous, a new exhibition The Photograph and Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW, gives us an opportunity to look at the medium’s evolution in this country and how photography has shaped our historical narrative. Images date from 1840s to now, with 400 photographs, and more than 120 artists including Morton Allport, Richard Daintree, Paul Foelsche, Samuel Sweet, JJ Dwyer, Charles Bayliss, Frank Hurley, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Max Dupain, Sue Ford, Carol Jerrems, Tracey Moffatt, Robyn Stacey, Ricky Maynard, Anne Ferran and Patrick Pound.

David Moore, Migrants arriving in Sydney 1966

Nicholas Claire, Fairy Scene at the Landslip Black's Spur, c1878

Mervyn Bishop, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the  
hands of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory 1975

Anne Zahalka, artist #13 (Rosemary Laing) 1990 from the series Artists

The Photograph and Australia
21 March - 8 June, 2015
Art Gallery of NSW



(C) Tony Hewitt

Part of Art+Climate=Change 2015, Earth matters: contemporary photographers in the landscape is an exhibition that features landscape photography by the likes of Anne Ferran, Silvi Glattauer, Siri Hayes, Harry Nankin, David Tatnall and Christian Thompson. There is also a new installation by Ninety Degrees Five, a collective of five Australian artists including Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway and Les Walking.

(C) Les Walkling

(C) Peter Eastway

(C) Chris Laing

(C) ChristianThompson

Art+Climate=Change 2015 is a Melbourne-wide Festival comprising various art exhibitions, forums, and talks designed to engage the public in action on climate change.

On until 3 May, 2015
Monash Gallery of Art

Inspiration by Design: Word and Image

French photograph of Quant models 

This exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London celebrates five centuries of artistry in print and includes a selection of photography, graphic design, fashion, magazines and rare illustrated books. For the first time in Australia.

Fentons Hardships in the Camp
Yohji Yamamoto

China Pictorial magazine 1971

20 Mach to 15 June, 2015
State Library of Victoria


Derryn Tal - Reactions

Chemical Cocktail

Sydney abstract contemporary artist Derryn Tal’s latest exhibition Reactions is on at Stanley Street Gallery. Featuring mixed media works with photography and video, Tal says her focus is on the “discovery and orchestration of reactions between mediums”.

Orchestra of Alchemy 

Molecular Magic

Melting Moment

Until 11th April
Stanley Street Gallery
1/52-54 Stanley Street