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IMAGE CAPTIONS (L to R): Bob Newman, Vee Speers, Tim Page, Astrid Blazsek-Ayala, Dave Tacon, Nikolaos Menoudarakos, Li Wei

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual international photography event, returns to Sydney 9-24 November with physical exhibitions at Bondi Beach and Paddington Reservoir Gardens as well as a number of galleries including Gaffa and Disorder galleries and Bondi’s new Twenty Twenty Six Gallery.

Featuring the work of international and local photographers, Head On in print will include 25 major exhibitions for the public to experience Head On’s outstanding online exhibitions in person. The shows will be accompanied by an encore of artist talks and panel discussions this year’s online festival.

In May 2020, Head On Photo Festival rose to the challenge presented by COVID-19 to deliver the world-first online photography festival to great acclaim. Viewed by about 80,000 people from around the world, the online program showcased the diverse medium of photography through more than 180 thought-provoking exhibitions and live-streamed talks by artists and creative practitioners from over 47 countries.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “After our incredibly successful online festival earlier this year we are so excited to be able to present this physical series of beautiful and topical exhibitions. Head On’s international scope and agility as an independent organisation allow us to present world-class exhibitions that place the work of established Australian and internationally recognised artists alongside those of emerging talent. These exhibitions are no different, and we can’t wait to share them, in person, with Sydney.”

Ten featured exhibitions by leading international and Australian photographers will be presented outdoors along the Bondi Beach promenade:

  • Sony Alpha Award finalists bringing together the most outstanding images from across Australia and New Zealand captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses.
  • American photographer Bob Newman’s Irish Travellers, tells the story of the historically nomadic group kept on the margins of Irish society.
  • Nuclear Landscapes by Australian/American photographer Brett Leigh Dicks documents topographies and often abandoned sites across the United States associated with atomic energy.
  • Chinese photographer and filmmaker Lei Wei’s The Good Earth captures his homeland of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, which has been lived on for millennia by Han and Mongolian people.
  • Spanish documentary photographer Susana Girón’s 90 Varas is an intimate and poetic portrait of one of the last nomad families in the heart of Spain and Europe.
  • Double Trouble: Exposing Women in Street is a collaboration between Unexposed Collective and Women in Street presenting the work of contemporary women street photographers from around the world.
  • Guatemalan photographer Astrid Blazsek-Ayala’s Mythological Imaginings looks at the intersections between Mayan cultural heritage and Western civilisation
  • Shanghai: Decadence with Chinese Characteristics by Shanghai-based photographer Dave Tacon captures the excitement and contradictions of Shanghai’s culture.
  • Greek photographer Nikolaos Menoudarakos’s Comfortably Wild documents the drag queen scene of Athens.
  • Award-winning artist and photographer Daniel Kneebone’s Alice-ism explores the age-old ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ with the grandeur of theatrical performance.

The Festival returns to the iconic Paddington Reservoir Gardens with a series of exhibitions including:

  • Paris-based Australian artist, Vee Speer’s The Birthday Party, eternalises the last days of childhood with timeless portraits.
  • Neo Pride by Australian photojournalist Jake Nowakowski is the culmination of four years documenting violent race rallies in Melbourne.
  • Australian photojournalist Brian Cassey’s “Me too! … where the boys are … the girls are” documents male burlesque dance group MenXclusive.
  • Photographer Odette Cavill’s Change Room Series One explores what is politically incorrect or socially unacceptable as she photographs men in changing rooms.
  • Amygdala by Dutch photographer Du Choff translates his thoughts, feelings and fantasies into this series of portraits.

Head On in Print continues the Festival’s support of local Sydney galleries including several exhibitions at Disorder Gallery, Darlinghurst such as:

  • Award-winning British photographer Professor Richard Sawdon Smith reflects on past lives playing with gender, identity, sexuality, subjectivity, masculinity, and everything in between.
  • American artist Diana Nicholette Jeon’s Nights as Inexorable as the Sea considers the quirky and unpredictable nature of dreams and memories.

Featured exhibitions presented across other local galleries include:

  • Paper Tigers at Twenty Twenty Six Gallery, Bondi Beach, is a celebration of the best of Australian photojournalism, featuring sixty images from sixty of the best Australian photojournalists.
  • Brian Hodges’ Acholiland – portraits of resistance from Northern Uganda at Gaffa Gallery, captures the resilience of the human spirit following years of conflict in Uganda.
  • Australian photographer Emmanuel Angelicas presents his expansive archive of his home suburb on Marrickville at the ATLAS Community & Cultural Centre.
  • Multi-award-winning artist Belinda Mason’s Breaking Silent Codes at Delmar Gallery presents portraits of First Nations women from across Australian and the Pacific who came together to share stories of cultural and spiritual responses to the issue of family & domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • New Zealand photographer Ilan Wittenberg’s From Here to Africa at Ted’s world of imaging is a collection of captivating portraits of the Maasai people from Tanzania.
  • South Korea’s leading photographer Koo Bohnchang’s Light Shadow at The Korean Cultural Centre captures the unique beauty of Korean baekja (white porcelain).
  • Internationally-acclaimed exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s best nature photography exhibition returns to the Australian National Maritime Museum.
  • Every picture tells a story – a collection of the most iconic photographs in music history and the stories behind them at Blender Gallery presents some of the most iconic photographs in music and rock and roll history and the stories behind them.
  • Journalism students from (UTS) met and interviewed communities across NSW about life in The new normal of a changing environment, savage bushfires and extended droughts.

The exhibitions are supported by the Festival’s Major Partner Sony, and Waverley and Woollahra Councils. The Council kindly reminds all visitors to the exhibitions to maintain social distancing at all times and practice good hand hygiene. If you are feeling unwell, please visit another time.

Featured image : ‘Love Girls’. Pic by Bob Newman.





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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Somewhere in Jaffa @ The Soho Gallery

Nathan Miller
Photographer Nathan Miller whose love affair with the Israeli town of Jaffa is the subject of the Soho Gallery’s first ever photographic exhibition.

SOHO Galleries is holding its first ever photography exhibition after 20 years in operation. SOMEWHERE IN JAFFA by Australian photographer Nathan ‘Natti’ Miller is part of this year’s Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival. It is an attention-grabbing collection of black and white photographs showing the Israeli district’s vivid cultural identity.

Jaffa is part of Tel Aviv, one of the oldest cities in the world. It has a diverse population of Jews, Christians and Muslims and is a hub of culture, entertainment, food and tourism. With this exhibition Miller aims to capture the ambiance and the diversity of Jaffa, in its ethnicity, traditional and contemporary aspects.

In the photographer’s own words, “There are few places in the world where you see a person in a café, ask permission to photograph them, engage in a conversation with them and then end up being invited for a meal at their home. Jaffa is one of those places where this happened more than once.”

Nigel Messenger, Director of SOHO Galleries was thrilled with having Nathan Miller and this first photo exhibition at the Gallery. “Somewhere in Jaffa perfectly captures unique moments and the relationships between people and places”.

It is notable that the photographs are all untitled. This recognises that each photo contains a multiplicity of perspectives. People are co-located but apart, diverse in their backgrounds and current experience. One photograph can depict smiles, concern, discomfort, cheekiness, fatigue and more.

People, streets and buildings contribute to the experience. Their place and movement suggests history yet transience.

This photographic exhibition shows that black and white can be warm and colourful. There are many varied smiles and hinted colour of garments and marketplaces. The photos may be of the commonplace but are never banal, and the viewer leaves enriched.

As well as the opportunity to view and purchase individual photographs in the exhibition, there are also two books of Millers’ photography available for purchase- Somewhere in Jaffa and Notes from the Mississippi Delta.

SOMEWHERE IN JAFFA is exhibiting at the Soho Galleries, 104 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo until 5th June 2015.


For more about Somewhere in Jaffa, visit http://headon.com.au/exhibitions/somewhere-jaffa