Photography

CITY2SURF 2018 : SYDNEY CELEBRATES ANOTHER GREAT FUN RUN

Sydney celebrated its annual 14 km road-running event last Sunday with close to 80,000 entrants participating in what was regarded by many as the world’s largest fun-run.

It was a big day out for Sydneysiders who either joined the serious competitors in testing their endurance, or choose to walk the distance pushing prams or revelling in fancy dress.

This is one community event where the spectators offer every encouragement to participants both young and old, cheering-them-on and making it a very special outdoor activity to be enjoyed by all. Truly, a genuine sense of community was felt all-around. Continue reading CITY2SURF 2018 : SYDNEY CELEBRATES ANOTHER GREAT FUN RUN

BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION : MATT IRWIN’S ‘SYDNEY : A LOVE AFFAIR’

Award winning photographer Matt Irwin’s love and vision of Sydney prompted him to visually document the evolution of Sydney into the city it has become – one of the most iconic cities in the world.

From 1992 he photographed Sydney and watched it grow and change, capturing the evolution of its progress through his lens.

According to Matt, much of our impression of the world is through our eyes. What we can see and feel. Sydney is a visual feast – It truly is a photographer’s dreamscape. It offers rugged geography, globally recognised icons and street-level authenticity – all encapsulated together with good weather conditions and a life so well lived.

The goal of Irwin’s book was to capture all these elements. His photographic adventure spanning 25 years in the making is a curated collection of the epic to the hidden, from the natural to the built, from every day to the one-off. Continue reading BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION : MATT IRWIN’S ‘SYDNEY : A LOVE AFFAIR’

MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING STORIES OF STRONG INDIGENOUS WOMEN

All photographs: Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam.

I’m going to get lost was my first thought when invited to review the MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION:  Celebrating the Stories of Strong Indigenous Women at International Towers. What a pleasure I would have missed out on had my first instincts prevailed.  This is a superb exhibition of faces that carry the pride and power of indigenous women. Currently showing in the foyer of Tower 3 and soon to be expanded to Tower 2, there are 37 pieces of work from renowned photographer Professor Wayne Quillam. Continue reading MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING STORIES OF STRONG INDIGENOUS WOMEN

THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY @ JUNIPER HALL

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.

The judges also highlighted Isabella Moore’s ‘The Significance of Ceremony’ and Matthew Abbott’s ‘Wrestlers Cooling Off’ as Highly Commended. Continue reading THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY @ JUNIPER HALL

LUDLITE COLLECTIVE – SPACE – PART OF THE HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL

Photography by Craig Proudford.

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

HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL: EVERY PICTURE HAS A STORY TO TELL

Kiddie Pool (Analog 2015)

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 see the 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

Photographic Exhibition: ‘The Mentawai of Indonesia’

the mentawai of indonesia : Guy Needham

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.

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2018 Moran Contemporary Photo Prize Semi-finalists Announced

This image: Junior Mullet Festival Contestant – Isabella Moore
Banner Image: Cows are Home – Felicity McMaster

The Moran Arts Foundation has  announced the semi-finalists for the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, one of Australia’s most highly regarded photography competitions.  Continue reading 2018 Moran Contemporary Photo Prize Semi-finalists Announced

MARDI GRAS : 40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION

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.  

Perhaps some of the biggest cheers were for the over two hundred 78ers who attended from all over Australia, and who led the Parade. Continue reading MARDI GRAS : 40 YEARS OF EVOLUTION

‘SWEET COUNTRY’ : ART EXHIBITION @ DARLING QUARTER

SWEET COUNTRY, directed by Warwick Thornton,  is a Western set in 1929 when pastoralists and local indigenous people clashed  over frontier lands in central Australia.

This photo exhibition adjacent to the Monkey Baa Theatre at darling Harbour is a partnership between BUNYA Productions and Photoplay supported by the Screen Australia Indigenous Department.

Four still photographers- Mark Rogers, Michael Corridore, Tamara Dean and Warwick Baker – travelled to Alice Springs to take stills of SWEET COUNTRY scenes whilst the movie was being shot.

The exhibition features cast members from  SWEET COUNTRY at unguarded moments and the stills also capture the gorgeous desert country around Alice Springs where the film was shot.

As it is in the open air these evocative images can be accessed at any time from early in the morning till late in the evening.

The exhibition is on display between Monday 29 January – Sunday 25 February (open 24 hours, 7 days) at 1-25 Harbour Street, Darling Quarter. 

Pics by Ben .Apfelbaum taken of the stills snapped by the above named photographers.