October 21, 2016

Friday Round Up - 21 October, 2016

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up the finalists in the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism, Melbourne's Strange Neighbour hosts its last exhibition and never before seen photographs from E.O. Hoppé on show in California.

2016 Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism

Photo of the Year: The Man on the operating table. Picture: Andrew Quilty

This year I was honoured to be a judge for the photojournalism awards. The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism are Australia’s most prestigious journalism awards.

On 13th October the finalists for Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism were announced along with the 2016 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year, which was won by Andrew Quilty for “The Man on The Operating Table” pictured above.

The image was shot by Quilty inside the Médecins Sans Frontières Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan, following the October 3, 2015, attack by an American AC-130 gunship on the hospital in which 42 were killed, including MSF staff, patients and patient carers.

This arresting image was a clear standout for the judges.

Other winners announced so far are:

Nikon-Walkley Portrait Prize
Winner: Brian Cassey, News Corp Australia, “Beaten Refugee”

Nikon-Walkley Community/Regional Prize
Winner: Marc McCormack, The Cairns Post, “Body of Work”
This is one of the images in the winning body of work. 

The finalists’ photographs will be toured around the nation in a series of free public exhibitions and are currently on display at the State Library of New South Wales and the ABC in Brisbane.
Finalists are selected by eminent journalists and photographers and overall winners judged by the Walkley Advisory Board. The winners will be announced at a gala event in Brisbane on 2nd December.

You can see all the finalists here.

Farewell Exhibition:
Permanence - Strange Neighbour

The Grotesque

Melbourne's Strange Neighbour gallery is closing, which is another blow to the city's dwindling number of photography-dedicated galleries. The final show is currently on featuring work by the gallery's creator and curator, Linsey Gosper. 

If you have time, pop in to see PERMANENCE, a solo exhibition of hand printed silver gelatin photographs that were taken in Europe and explore the mythological symbolic sculptures and architecture that have protected European cities and remained for centuries.

Death Always Comes



The Guardians

Until 12 November
Strange Neighbour
395 Gore Street

Pasadena, California

E.O. Hoppé's Amerika: The First Great American Road Trip

Rooftops and smoking chimneys, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1926

Curatorial Assistance presents an amazing collection of photographs in the exhibition E.O. Hoppé's Amerika: The First Great American Road Trip, which showcases masterworks that have recently been uncovered from the E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection archive.

E.O. Hoppé was a German-born British Photo-Modernist who is considered one of the most important art and documentary photographers of the modern era along with Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Walker Evans. Renowned as a portrait photographer, Hoppé also worked in the genres of landscape and travel.

In the 1926 he set off across America documenting his extraordinary transcontinental journey. The result is a collection of images that capture the many faces of America: urban New York, Pittsburgh’s “steel city”, Detroit's burgeoning industrial factories, Florida’s palms, the pueblos of Arizona and New Mexico, Yosemite’s majesty and Hollywood’s allure, are just some of the subjects that caught Hoppé’s eye.

Tahiti Beach, Coral Gables, Florida 1926

Towards the Evolution of the Modern Motor”, Ford Factory, Detroit, Michigan 1926

Pack yards, Chicago 1926 

Gas Station, “The Girl Behind the Pump” 1926

Signal Hill, Los Angeles 1926

Museum services company Curatorial Assistance, which manages the E.O. Hoppé archive, spent over a decade of organizing, cataloguing, conservation and digitizing Hoppé’s works. Now the public has a chance to see some of his amazing photographs.

“Hoppé’s insightful portrait of the United States is a revelation of diversity that ruminates on the country’s past, present, and future,” says Graham Howe of Curatorial Assistance. “This visionary work was the first to survey America at a unique time in its history, anticipating the road trips of other photographers such as Edward Weston and Walker Evans in the late 1930s, and Robert Frank in the mid-1950s.” 

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado 1926

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California 1926

The exhibition will feature a selection of vintage prints, modern prints from original negatives, and related ephemera, providing a rare glimpse into Hoppé’s archive.

Dick Matherck, rancher, Colorado 1926

Portrait of a man, Nassau 1926

21 October Until 31 December
Union Gallery at Curatorial Assistance
113 East Union Street,
Pasadena CA

October 14, 2016

Friday Round Up - 14 October, 2016

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up legendary photojournalist Tim Page shares with us a selection of photographs he took during UNTAC, the United Nations peacekeeping operation that followed the signing of the Peace Accords and played a pivotal role in establishing the future of Cambodia.

South of Barai on Route 6 near Kampong Thom - a girl delivers an AK47
to her government militia father '92, Cambodia

October 23, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. 

RESILIENCE, a joint project of the Constable Gallery at Large (Siem Reap), the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies and Cambodia Peace Museum, features the work of Tim Page, George Nickels and John Rodsted in an exhibition that depicts the many ways the rebuilding of Cambodia took shape.

“The Peace Accords marked a significant moment for Cambodia, a moment in which different groups were united in their vision of peace for Cambodia. Following the agreements, efforts were put into motion to bring home Cambodians who had fled the war, and to begin rebuilding the country – not only the physical rebuilding but also the spirit of Cambodia.”

Tim Page is a guest speaker at the opening event where he will share his first-hand accounts of his experience.

He shares this selection of images taken in 1992 and 1993 as part of the Tim Page Unseen series exclusive to Photojournalism Now. 

The media scrum around the newly arrived French U.N. commander Phillipe Morrillon 
at Pochentong airport, November ’93, Cambodia

The first trainload of refugees from Thailand arrives in Phnom Penh prior to 
the UN run elections in May '93, Cambodia

Government troops N.W. of Kompong Thom advance to repel one of the 
last Khmer Rouge attacks in May '93, Cambodia

At the MSF run hospital in Kampong Thom, a mine victim receives treatment, '92, Cambodia 

A mine victim recovering in the military hospital in Siem Reap '93, Cambodia 

A monk stands in front of a portrait of his master who was murdered by the 
Khmer Rouge in the Wat on the Mekong at Kroch Chhmar upstream 
from Kampong Cham, '91, Cambodia

A monk with his ballot slip in the run up to the UNTAC held elections of May '93. Wat Tan, Phnom Penh

Forty kms west of Siem Reap in the town of Pouk, the local Royalist 
headman lies dead after being gunned down by Hun Sen soldiers. 
They claimed it was suicide...'93, Cambodia

The Illyushin jet that brought King Sihanouk back from Pyongyang 
at Pochentong airport in '92, Cambodia

Joyful supporters welcome King Sihanouk on his return from exile in 
North Korea, Phnom Penh '92, Cambodia 

A Royalist Party rally in Phnom Penh in the run up to the May '93 UN sponsored elections

A former war zone, south of Skoun near Kampong Cham is prepared for settlement, 
the car belongs to a local army Commander, 93, Cambodia

(C) All images Tim Page

October 07, 2016

Friday Round Up - 7th October, 2016

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Taiwan. Plus the Australian Photobook Awards are open for entries and the Bronx Documentary Center auction is on with some amazing photographers donating images for a worthy cause.

Exhibitions: Melbourne
100 Years of Samba

In commemoration of 100 years of Samba, and as an attempt to move beyond sexist, stereotypical visions of carnaval, artist Anita Ekman presents this exhibition at Magnet Galleries Melbourne, which explores the role of women in Samba through photos, etchings on 35mm film, paintings, documentaries and live music created by the local Australian Brazilian community.

"Samba was born in Rio de Janeiro, in the house of a Black Brazilian woman: Tia Ciata. As well as being a cook, a healer and a Mãe de Santo (Mother-of-saint, a priestess in the Candomblé religion), she was the mother of Samba. She lived in ‘Pequena Africa’, a neighbourhood surrounding the docks of Rio, the largest slave port in the Americas. It was in this community, under Tia Ciata’s roof, that the first Samba song was recorded, ‘Pelo Telefono’. This was in 1916, only 28 years after slavery had been officially abolished in Brazil. 

One hundred years later, the carnaval has transformed from a symbol of Afro-Brazilian cultural resistance to a lucrative tourist spectacle presided over by Globo TV, Brazil’s monopoly media network, which uses the bodies of Brazilian women to promote its brand.

Although the carnaval and Samba are famous internationally, few people, Brazilians or outsiders, know about the true protagonists of this story. This exhibition presents the Brazilian women who over the last century continued on in the spirit of Tia Ciata, sewing costumes, preparing food, singing, dancing, writing books, making plays, films and documentaries, and raising new generations responsible not only for keeping Samba alive, but fighting against the sexist and oppressive marketing of their bodies on television screens.

Look beyond the tourist spectacle. Samba is a living culture of resistance, and women play a central role in this story." Anita Ekman, artist and exhibition curator.

9 - 22 October
Magnet Galleries 
Level 2
640 Bourke St

Exhibitions: Sydney
Robyn Stacey - Dark Wonder

(C) Robyn Stacey

Sydney-based photographic artist Robyn Stacey’s fascination with camera obscura or the ‘magic mirror of life’ as it is also known, has seen her expand on her first series to feature this technique, Guest Relations, to create this latest body of work, Dark Wonder, yet another name for camera obscura.

Dark Wonder explores artists’ spaces such as Brett Whiteley’s Lavender Bay residence and Hans Heysen’s studio at Cedars. In both these images the camera obscura seems to capture the essence of these artists’ distinctive styles; in the Whiteley image you can see the harbour bridge and the distortion of trees as the image spreads itself across fixed surfaces. With Heysen’s studio it is uncanny how the gum trees projected by the camera obscura evoke notes of the artist’s own paintings.

(C) Robyn Stacey - Whiteley's Library

(C) Robyn Stacey - Heysen's studio
“People are fascinated by artists spaces,” says Stacey. “They expect to feel the presence of the artists and immerse themselves in that aura. The space stands in for the artist and I became really interested in working with that as the subject matter. The artist space is different to the hotel environment. Often it’s a working, living and socialising space, so it is much more potent.”

In ‘Dark Wonder’ the allure for Stacey is the camera obscura’s relationship with the interior space, the design and the architecture of the room. “With this combination you get this transient in-between space that I find really interesting”.

(C) Robyn Stacey - Martin Sharp Eternity at Wirian 

The exhibition features large-scale prints as well as a room sized camera obscura, creating a world of illusion that visitors can immerse themselves in. “In this space you are in the world, but you’re cut off from it. You know what’s happening around you, but it’s all upside down and in reverse. It’s like being in your own private movie,” she says.

Until 5 November
Stills Gallery
36 Gosbell Street

Exhibitions: Taiwan
Intimate Transgressions

(C) Tami Xiang

Originally from China, photographic artist Tami Xiang now lives in Perth, Western Australia. Her series Nüwa Re-Awakening draws on the ancient legend of the Chinese Goddess Nüwa who was worshipped in a time when women were revered and powerful.

“Nüwa was the person who created humans and she was worshipped by all people and held a very high position in ancient Chinese culture. Women were treasured and treated well and were considered higher than men. But that changed and in Nüwa Re-Awakening I’ve imposed my feelings to show my rebellion against the oppression that became part of Chinese culture and that lasted for centuries,” she says.

This series was first exhibited at Head On Photo Festival in Sydney in 2014 where I met Tami. Since then she has been invited to showcase her series at other festivals and galleries in Asia. “Exhibiting at Head On gave me a great boost in confidence. I’m now working on new work and also organising exhibitions in my hometown of Chongqing”. 

So far this year she’s curated three exhibitions featuring artists from all over the world. “We’ve done shows with sixty or more artists, so they are quite big and there’s a lot to organise”. She now splits her time between Chongqing and Perth.

Currently a selection of images from Nüwa Re-Awakening is included in the Intimate Transgressions touring exhibition, which is a Center for Asian Pacific Affairs (CAPA) project curated by Fion Gunn from Ireland. The latest iteration of Intimate Transgressions opens in Taiwan next week under the guidance of local co-curator Leon Tsai.

(C) Tami Xiang

(C) Tami Xiang

(C) Tami Xiang

While the subject matter of Nüwa Re-Awakening may be perceived as feminist, Tami is quick to refute that notion. “It’s not about feminism, but more about something that existed in history. I wanted to preserve that for future generations. I don’t want people to forget about how women were treated”.

In Nüwa Re-Awakening Tami combines traditional Chinese masks with the naked female form to express her recognition of her culture’s art and her rebellion against male domination. She says the masks point to women being invisible in the culture and also in marriage; the mask in this instance is symbolic of arranged marriages where the woman doesn’t see or know the man she is to wed. Here the mask represents an uncertain future, as well as concealing the woman’s true nature.

“I also chose to incorporate nude as one of the principle elements, as it symbolises the vulnerability and helplessness of females living in a society where control is paramount. The nude is also a taboo subject in ancient conservative China and so it is also symbolic of my rebellion and rejection of the feudal system of control. It’s a story of one woman, but also reveals the fate of many millions of women without freedom and rights in the ancient days,” she concludes.

20 October - 1 November
Intimate Transgressions
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei, Taiwan

Bronx Documentary Center Fundraiser

Numerous internationally renowned and also emerging photographers have donated prints for the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) auction. Funds raised enable the BDC to host important exhibitions featuring works from local and international photographers, as well as hold training and free after-school programs for local youth. It’s a great cause and you get an amazing photo in the bargain. Check out some of this year’s images:

(C) Lynsey Addario

(C) Guillermo Cervera

(C) Timothy Fadek 

(C) Michael Kamber

Auction closes 13 October, 9pm ET (USA)
Get on board here.

Australian Photobook Awards - Call for Entries

The Australian Photobook Of The Year Awards 2016 are now open for entry until 8 November. Submit your published or unpublished book created between 1 Jan 2015 - 30 Sep 2016 and you’ll be in the running for $10,000 in prizes. For full details and to enter visit the site here

September 30, 2016

Friday Round Up - 30 September, 2016

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up it's all about the second edition of the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad.

Indian Photography Festival Hyderabad
(C) Dina Oganova

Spread across the city of Hyderabad, the capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana, the Indian Photography Festival (IPF) presents a comprehensive programme. This year's festival is curated by leading Indian Photographer Amit Mehra, and features panel discussions, artists talks, workshops, open studios, book launches and portfolio reviews. 

Founder and Director of the Festival Aquin Mathews says, "We live in a world of visual clutter as millions of images are taken and uploaded into the internet every day; people should know what is good and bad photography and IPF is the best place to learn and see what is good and bad. Photography has been democratized with the advent of digital technology and mobile phone cameras and more people have access to photography and enjoy it these days. We have made the event free to the public as photography has got a wider reach."

The exhibition programme features a host of photographers including legendary Indian photojournalist Raghu Rai, as well as Prashant Panjiar, Mahesh Bhat and Swapan Parekh. The international contingent includes photojournalists Ron Haviv (VII) and Michael Robinson Chavez (Washington Post), Australian Nick Moir, and fine art photographer Claire Rosen. Plus the Asia Pacific Phonebook Archive from Melbourne will also have a range of books from the region on display.

A Selection of Key Exhibitions:

State Art Gallery: 
The Lost Rolls by Ron Haviv

The Alexia Foundation/ Aaron Vincent Elkaim's 'Where The River Runs Through: Life in the Amazon Dam Boom'

Birds of a Feather - Claire Rosen

Stories of her Own - Smita Sharma, Anushree Fadnavis & Saumya Khandelwal
(C) Anushree Fadnavis

(C) Saumya Khandelwal

Drought in Telangana - Satyanarayana Gola

Awaiting the Rain - Michael Robinson Chavez 

Fragments of a spinning rock - Kaushal Parikh

Weather - Nick Moir  

Sebastian Cortes 

Belief - Natan Divr

Selected exhibitions at various venues:

The Longing of the Others - Sandra Hoyn 

At Goethe Zentrum

Head On Landscape & Portrait Prize from Australia

(C) KristianTaylor-Wood - Portrait Winner
On show: JNAFAU, Masabtank

Dialect & Dialogue - in the bylanes of Hyderabad - a group show of 29 photographers from Hyderabad

On show: Sardar Mahal , in the lanes and by lanes of Laad Bazar around Charminar, Chowmohalla Palace

About The IPF: a Not-For-Profit initiative of Light Craft Foundation and Telangana Tourism, IPF is an international photography festival, showcasing a wide range of photography across all genres from portraits and landscape through to photojournalism to fine art by emerging and leading photographers from India and around the globe. 

For more information on the IPF programme visit the links:

SpeakersWorkshops, Programme and Exhibitions

Until 9 October
Various venues