James Bugg, a 22 year-old emerging photographer from Melbourne has won the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP). The MCPP is Australia’s richest photography prize and James took home the $50,000 prize for his photograph Zach. The announcement was made recently at Juniper Hall in Paddington, the home of the Moran Arts Foundation. The judges of the 2018 MCPP were photographer and curator Cheryl Newman, photojournalist and photo editor Jon Jones and Australian documentary artist Raphaela Rosella.
LUDLITES LOVE SPACE is an exhibition of lo-fi film photography, part of the Head On Photography Festival. Using photographic film and plastic lens such as the Holga and Diana, and sometimes pinhole cameras, 13 members of the Ludlite photographic collective, all leading photographic artists (12 Australians and 1 Canadian) have explored and interpreted the SPACE theme in a range of creative and unusual ways, with inspirations ranging from outer space to personal space.
These cameras have the ability to make multiple exposures on a single frame of film. This can be controlled but often the random nature of the lo-fi cameras produces quirky layered images. This is something that the Ludlites embrace as it perfectly suits their sci-fi and outer space inspired images, including some inspired by the music of David Bowie and Elton John. Other members of the collective have ‘space’ in very personal ways, addressing agoraphobia, aquaphobia, overcrowding and health matters. Continue reading LUDLITE COLLECTIVE – SPACE – PART OF THE HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL→
This Image: Welcome to Camp America Inside Guantanamo Bay – Debi Cornwal ‘Kiddie Pool’
Featured Image: White pigeons take off as Afghans come to feed the birds at the Blue mosque in Mazar-E-Sharif. Afghanistan – ‘Between Hope and Fear’ – Paula Bronstein
Saturday 5 – Sunday 20 May 2018 will seethe HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL on display in galleries and other locations all over Sydney along with workshops and talks and the prestigious Head On Photo Awards. Included are assortment of world-renowned speakers, and innovative workshops, all showcasing the work from over 700 Australian and international photographers. Continue reading HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL: EVERY PICTURE HAS A STORY TO TELL→
the mentawai of indonesia is the latest photographic exhibition from Guy Needham, an international photographer noted for his work with indigenous tribes. This exhibition, part of Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival, is the third in his Tribal Series, following on from The Hamar of Ethiopia and The Huli of Papua New Guinea. It will run 7 May – 8 June 2018.
The 2018 Parade with its theme (FORTY YEARS OF EVOLUTION) broke all sorts of records. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu outlined the extraordinary magnitude of the event :- 200 entry floats-groups, close to four hours viewing time, 250 bikes, 178 vehicles, and 15 pushables, 12300 participants and an estimated 300,000 spectators.
Beyond the sequins, extravagant flair and wit, there were many floats touching on underlying issues; acceptance, inclusivity, diversity and respect.
This year the rock and pop chicks decided to go glamorous and the blokes wore the traditional grunge. Although the headline acts did not walk the carpet, the presence of so many up and coming musicians gave the Red Carpet a very special buzz. Featured image is of Samantha Jade. All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).