December 02, 2016

Friday Round Up - 2nd December, 2016

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up the 12th edition of Angkor Photo opens in Siem Reap, Cambodia and two new exhibitions for Sydney and Melbourne - in Sydney check out Markus Andersen's exhibition 'Cabramatta' and in Melbourne Magnet Galleries presents DESIVOLUTION.

Tonight is the gala event for the 2016 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism in Brisbane. Am currently frocking up in oppressive humidity and the temperature's soaring into the mid-30's C which is approaching 95 degrees F! That is making this Melbourne girl's hair go super curly! Despite the impending hair crisis, it is set to be a great night when Australia's leading lights in journalism come together to celebrate. I was thrilled to be a judge this year for the photography categories and to be part of the jury that awarded Andrew Quilty Photo of the Year. Am eager to see who the final winners are tonight in the remaining categories.

(C) Andrew Quilty

Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops

Angkor Photo is the longest running photographic festival in Southeast Asia and provides emerging photographers in the region with an unprecedented opportunity to engage, learn and network with professionals from all over the world.

The 12th edition features over 130 photographers from 45 countries. Exhibitions run throughout the festival week and there are evening projections also. This year Claudia Hinterseer is the guest curator for the Festival’s environmental-themed ‘GreenLight Exhibition Series’ which this year is titled ‘We Alter Nature’. Hinterseer was a founder of NOOR agency and is currently the Senior Multimedia Director at China Daily Asia in Hong Kong.

Hinterseer says, “Documentary photography is a powerful medium to both celebrate nature and scrutinise the massive human impact on our environment. This showcase of 15 documentary photo projects for the 2016 Angkor Photo Festival makes the large-scale degradation of our natural habitat and the endangerment of its species visible while juxtaposing it with close-ups and zoom-outs of intact nature and photo projects about human needs and habits.

“By bringing together the work of some world-renowned documentary photographers including Ingo Arndt, Daniel Beltrá, Edward Burtynsky, Alejandro Durán, Chris Jordan, Daesung Lee, Kadir van Lohuizen, Maskbook project, Paolo Marchetti, Peter Menzel, Simon Norfolk, Joel Sartore, Henk Wildschut and Li Zhiguo my point is to show that the way and the speed at which we’re altering the world’s flora and fauna is stunning and unsustainable.”

A selection from ‘We Alter Nature':

©Daesung Lee

©Daesung Lee

©Kadir van Lohuizen

©Kadir van Lohuizen

©Peter Menzel

©Peter Menzel

All events are free, including the professional workshops which aim to provide emerging photographers with the opportunity to learn from international professionals. This year the six tutors are Antoine D’Agata, Sohrab Hura, Kosuke Okahara, Sim Chi Yin, Newsha Tavakolian and Ian Teh.

2016 marks the tenth anniversary for Françoise Callier the programme coordinator for the Festival an the curator of the projections. Here is a sample of the work featured in the evening projections:

Aun Raza, Pakistan - Cuba


Jodi Bieber, South Africa   - Between Dogs and Wolves

Vlad Sokhin, Russia - The Two Faces of the Thunder Dragon

Matilde Gattoni , Italy/France - Ocean Rage

Zalmai, Afghanistan/Switzerland - The End of Mirage

Ingetje Tadros, Australia - This is My Country

Exhibition: Sydney

Markus Andersen - Cabramatta

Curated by Claire Monneraye from the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), this exhibition features images from Sydney photographic artist Markus Andersen's book Cabramatta: A Moment In Time. 

I'm used to seeing Andersen's constrasty black and white images on social media so to see these colour photographs and get another insight into his work is gratifying. Andersen's signature use of light is present here too, and I really enjoy the way he uses the surrounds and found objects to frame his subjects. If you miss the show at Fairfield, it will be moving to ACP before touring nationally next year. 

December 3, 2016 to January 7, 2017
Fairfield City Gallery & Museum
Cnr. Oxford Street & The Horsley Drive

Magnet Galleries - DESIVOLUTION

DESIVOLUTION is part of Multicultural Arts Victoria's MAPPING MELBOURNE Asian-Australian cultural festival. The exhibition showcases the cultural importance of the Indian restaurant in the world of the Desi diaspora. (DESI - the word used by Indians in the diaspora for self-identify).

Magnet Galleries Melbourne
Level 2
640 Bourke Street

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