My photography began when my father handed me the proverbial brownie box camera as a child. As cameras developed I went through Fujica and Olympus range finders graduating to my first single lens reflex camera, the Minolta SRT101, the latter being the greatest facilitator to my growth as a photographer. Digital photography has only added to this.
I was a regular contributor to Camera Craft magazine (Australian Camera ) for over three years.
During Australia’s Bicentennial year (1988) I made it a personal project to document the celebrations. This culminated in the creation of a book of my photos which was published in 1989. The book was called CELEBRATING AUSTRALIA and came with an accompanying calendar.
My works have appeared in a number of publications including the coffee book entitled MY AUSTRALIA (1989), publisher Robertsbridge Severn. This book had a preface by the then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
I was a co-photographer on a book entitled SYDNEY- DISCOVER THE CITY with text written by Robert Treborland. Major Mitchell Press was the publisher.
Also for two years I was the photographer for calendars celebrating Sydney’s multicultural communities. The two calendars were entitled MULTICULTURAL SYDNEY.
My work appeared in a group exhibition held at Sydney’s Town Hall pertaining to the diversity of life in South America to raise money for orphanages there.
I have over one hundred photos stored in the New South Wales State Library archive. I had a solo exhibition held in 2007 entitled Ben’s Lens at the Sydney Jewish Museum which celebrated the vibrancy of the Sydney Jewish community. Some of these photos are on the Museum’s permanent display. I have exhibited internationally firstly at the Spruill Gallery in Atlanta Georgia, united states, and in an exhibition entitled Kosher and Co at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
Currently I am a regular contributor to J-Wire and this esteemed publication.
“The results of the auction at Mossgreen in Sydney is the most significant marker of the maturity of the appreciation of photographic arts in Australia”
Gael Newton Former curator at the AGNSW and NGA
Mossgreen’s landmark auction of Max Dupain (1911-1992): Estate Photographs heldon 19 June 2016 at the firm’s new glamorous Sydney headquarters in Woollahra totalled a record $1,663,237, establishing a new Australian auction record for any photographs collection.
All 500 original photographs by one of Australia’s most famous and highly regarded photographers were sold, with numerous records established including for Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker 1937 which far exceeded the previous record selling for $105,400 and establishing a new world auction record for the artist after spirited bidding.
I did a walk through of the exhibition and then attended the auction. The quality and scope of Dupain’s work is simply breathtaking. These are some of my photos.
I attended the Stanton Library in North Sydney yesterday when Tara Moss, Canadian-Australian author, television presenter, journalist, former model, UNICEF national ambassador for child survival and PHd candidate in gender and cultural studies at Sydney University came through to give a brief talk about her new book, TARA MOSS SPEAKING OUT- A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls, and then did a book signing.
In WARCRAFT-THE BEGINNING the peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilisation faces a fearsome race of invaders : orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonise another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.
WARCRAFT – THE BEGINNING is currently having a wide release in cinemas around Sydney and should have a lot of appeal for lovers of the adventure/action/fantasy genres.
I recently went to the films’ premiere held at Event City cinema complex. As you can see from these photos it was a lot of fun.
The revival of the musical adaptation of Roger Corman’s movie LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, which was a big hit at the Hayes Theatre earlier this year, is returning to a much larger and more accommodating venue, the Roslyn Packer theatre in Walsh Bay. The show is having a short season playing between the 20th and the 28th July.
These are some of my favorite photos from the Media Call before the show’s recent Hayes theatre season to whet your appetite.
These are a selection of my pics from this current exhibition. The exhibition is free and can be seen daily at the public outdoor space in Darling Harbour’s Civic Connector space and is running until June 30.
Swedish born actor Alexander Skarsgard, the new Tarzan, was in Sydney recently promoting his new movie THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, directed by David Yates. The film is a modern retelling of the classic story about a boy raised by apes in the jungle.
The pics are a selection of my pics from the Media Call that took place at the Sydney Wildlife Park in Darling Harbour.
Filmmaker Conor Horgan and Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss were Festival guests at the premiere.
Horgan’s film is an uplifting documentary about Ireland’s superstar drag queen Panti Bliss who rose from being a ‘giant cartoon woman’ to being one of the highest profile activists in the LBGTIQ community.
THE QUEEN OF IRELAND took five years to make, during which time Horgan’s camera followed Rory around on his journey of self discovery. The film also captures an interesting time in Irish history with the referendum on marriage equality taking place in 2015 with the Irish voting in favour of same sex marriage.
Featured photo- Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack, Ursula Yovich and Hamish Balnaves.
In an event held in the foyer of Belvoir Street Theatre celebrated indigenous thespian Ursula Yovich was announced as the winner of the this year’s Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. The Award is for $20,000 which compromises $7500 prize money and a $12500 commission for a new play. Here are some of my pics from the function.
Richard Linklater’s follow up to Boyhood which was a highlight of the 2014 Sydney Film Festival is an infectiously funny ‘spiritual sequel’ to his classic Dazed and Confused about college kids in the early 80s.
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! premiered at the Sydney Film Festival on Sunday 12 June 2016.
Lead actor Tyler Hoechlin attended the premiere as a guest of the Festival and these are my pics of him together with Festival Director Nashen Moodley together with a solo pic.
Five turntables play samples on an endless loop, inviting audiences to intervene, creating a sonic chaos that is simultaneously cut to vinyl.
MATHIEU BRAND : THE SPIRAL transforms Carriageworks into an experimental sound recording studio and performance space. Visitors can manipulate looping beats and electronic sounds to record tracks on a vinyl-cutting machine.
The person who cuts the record becomes the main attraction, while people can observe the entire process from the seats that form a ring-like area called “The Spiral.”
The work has travelled around the world since 2002, in one form or another, including exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon in France, the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles, and the Tate Modern, London.
I walked through this exhibition and here are some of my photos.
The exhibition continues at Carriageworks until June 13.
I recently attended the exhibition entitled SEMI PERMANENT at Carriageworks. The exhibition enabled creative thinkers by bringing together internationally renowned leaders across the arts and cultural industries to share their work over three days at Carriageworks between the 26th and the 28th May.
Here are some of the photos that I took whilst walking through the exhibition.
Playwright Ayad Akhtar won a deserved Pulitzer Prize for this play in 2013. It is in part based on what occurred to him at a dinner party a few years earlier.
I was on the edge of my seat as my mind was bombarded with a cavalcade of ideas and concepts involving Islam, Islamic aesthetics, and the West, Velasquez art, pride and betrayal.
Like Othello in his finery we find Amir, played by Sachin Joab, surveying his kingdom, an upscale split level Manhattan apartment- a striking set by Edith Gadsby, wearing a $600 shirt and an expensive suit. Amir is a successful corporate, this overwhelming pride, his hubris is that he is living the American Dream complete with a blonde Desdemona, his wife Emily, played by Sophie Ross. We just know that Amir is going to fall but the downward tragedy is not as linear as a Shakespearean tragedy.
Here are a few of my images from the present Head On Photo Festival- a premiere Sydney photo festival that has been exhibiting in Sydney at various venues around Sydney from the 29th April to the 29th May.
These are some pics that I took at the function held recently (10th May) at the Primus Hotel in the CBD when the finalists for the Heath Ledger Scholarship were announced.
The Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an actor that exhibits distinctive and unique potential, with an objective to provide support to further their career. The full nominees for the scholarship’s eighth inception are: Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!), Chloe Bayliss (Backtrack), Harley Bonner (Neighbours), Shareena Clanton (Last Cab to Darwin), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When the War Began, Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Anzac Girls, Wentworth, House Husbands), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu (upcoming Alien: Covenant), Sara West (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Daughter) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires).
The winner will be announced on 1st June from a special annual dinner held in Los Angeles.
Featured photo- The world renowned Sydney Philharmonic Choir
These are a few of the photos that I took at the launch of the upcoming inaugural Sydney Sings Festival held in the foyer of the City Recital Hall at Angel Place. The Festival will take place in venues large and small, traditional and unexpected, from the Sydney CBD to Western Sydney.
Leo Schofield AM and Jarrod Carland, together with The Hon Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, hosted the event.
The Festival will showcase all genres of vocal performance from musical theatre, to choirs, jazz and liturgical music and solo performances, with more than 700 performers expected to participate.
The Sydney Sings Festival will take place between 28 July and 7 August. This festival is exclusive to Sydney.
Featured pic- The leads Mark Vincent and Anna O’Byrne.
These were some of the photos that I took at the recent cast the announcement for the 60th Anniversary revival of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady held at the Bennelong Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. The production,to be directed by Dame Julie Andrews, will play the Joan Sutherland theatre at the Sydney Opera House from 30 August.
An exciting cast has been brought together for the production:- Alex Jennings as Professor Higgins, Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle, Reg Livermore as Alfred P. Doolittle, Robyn Nevin as Mrs Higgins, Mark Vincent as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Tony Llewellyn Jones as Colonel Pickering, Deidre Rubenstein as Mrs Pearce, David Whitney as Karpathy and a very talented ensemble cast.
The Hayes Theatre in Darlinghurst is abuzz tonight with the opening of XANADU THE MUSICAL.
Matthew Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co is presenting the musical at the Hayes, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point until the 12th June.,
The musical, book by Douglas Carter-Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, is a roller-skating musical adventure based on the 1980s cult movie classic which starred Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly.
XANADU THE MUSICAL originally opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway in 2007 where it ran for over 500 performances. The New York Times described the show as ‘heaven on wheels – outlandishly enjoyable, irresistible’ whilst BroadwayWorld.Com described the show as ‘Ninety minutes brimming with joy, laughter and sequins’.
This production stars Jamie Hadwen as Kira, Ainsley Melham as her love interest Sonny and versatile performer Josh Quong Tart plays Danny, the role played by Gene Kelly in the film.
Above are a few of my photos from the show’s recent Media Call. It looks like it’s going to be a great show.