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October 24, 2014

Friday Round Up - 24th October, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up new exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, Majid Saeedi's Life in War in review, William Daniels Train for the Forgotten, and more.  

Picture of the Week:
In the Shadow of Ebola - Daily Life Goes On In Liberia

(C) Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR

Photo Essay:
William Daniels - Train for the Forgotten

Panos Pictures' photographer William Daniels' photo essay on the Russian medical train that services communities in remote parts of that vast country draws focus on what many who live in urban environments take for granted - easy access to medical support. For those residents in isolated towns across Siberia, medical conditions that are routine procedures in the city, like appendicitis, can be death sentences. This government funded train has around 15 doctors who treat a range of conditions as best they can given their resources and the frequency of visits. 

Above: 31 year old Elena Shershova suffers from severe psoriasis. Here she sweeps up her skin flakes in her tiny apartment. “I’m losing my skin on my body, everywhere, everywhere!” laments the 31-year-old." 

Book Review:
Majid Saeedi - Life in War

I met Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi at Visa pour l’Image last year when his exhibition, Life in War, was featured in the core program. Since then Saeedi has gone on to win the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award for the same work, with the official launch of his book, Life in War, in New York earlier this month.

Saeedi has covered the Afghanistan conflict for more than a decade. But his interest in that country and its people extends beyond the news headlines and since 2009 he has lived amongst that country’s inhabitants and focused on telling the story of daily life in a war zone....(to read the full review and see more images please click on the Book Reviews tab at the top of the blog).


Australian women photographers 1970s–80s

(C) Anne Ferran - Scenes on the death of nature 1986

With the resurgence in interest in feminism, not only because of Emma Watson’s landmark speech, but also other movements around the world where women are speaking up for their rights, it seems timely to look back at the feminist era of the 70s and 80s.

A new exhibition at Monash Gallery of Art opening tomorrow – Photography meets feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s - revisits the work of 16 female photo-artists to explore themes that are still relevant today – the objectification of women in advertising; concepts of beauty; struggling for balance between career and nurture. 

(C) Micky Allan 1980

(C) Christine Godden 1976 

Until 7 December
Monash Gallery of Art 
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill

Australian comedienne Hannah Gadsby will open this group show at 2pm on Saturday 25th October.

Artists: Micky Allan, Pat Brassington, Virginia Coventry, Sandy Edwards, Anne Ferran, Sue Ford, Christine Godden, Helen Grace, Janina Green, Fiona Hall, Ponch Hawkes, Carol Jerrems, Merryle Johnson, Ruth Maddison, Julie Rrap, and Robyn Stacey.

Gary Steer - Ghost Lakes

Australia's interior provides a rich palette for documentary photographer Gary Steer whose images have a painterly quality. In this exhibition Steer presents a series of aerial landscapes that turn the natural beauty of windswept salt pans, rivers and lakes into works of art. 

Until 9 November
3/138 Darlinghurst Road

New Articles by Alison Stieven-Taylor:

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Don McCullin - No Rest for the Weary

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L'Oeil de la Photographie
Imhoff: A Life of Grain and Pixels

Click on link above to read the story


October 17, 2014

Friday Round Up - 17th October, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up amazing work by Daniel Berehulak on the Ebola crisis, Katie Orlinsky's Bear Town, Gerd Ludwig's Nuclear Tourist, Murray Fredericks' new show opens in Sydney, Andrew Quilty wins the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Award for Photo of the Year and Majid Saeedi's Life in War launches in New York.

Picture of the Week: 
Day to Night

American photographer Stephen Wilkes overlaps dozens of images to create his amazing "Day to Night" photographs. Check out the story on this series on TIME Lightbox.

On the frontline:
Daniel Berehulak - Ebola Crisis

Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak continues to produce some remarkable work. His coverage for the New York Times on the Ebola crisis is intense. Once again he's risking his own safety to bring us the stories we need to see. Please take the time to look at these images and consider that he was shooting this story covered in the same protective gear as those pictured. In addition to his usual photographic equipment, Berehulak also had to carry multiple changes of suits, gloves and other protective items to work in what is effectively a war zone where the enemy is invisible.

All images (C) Daniel Berehulak

Climate Change:
Katie Orlinsky - Bear Town

American photojournalist Katie Orlinsky's photo essay for Al Jazeera America shows the impact of climate change on the Arctic's wildlife. In the Alaskan town of Kaktovik, polar bears are seen frequently scavenging for food as the ice recedes, and armed residents are joining the polar bear patrol to keep locals safe. The proliferation of polar bears is also becoming a tourist attraction. You can see more photographs and read the story here

All images (C) Katie Orlinsky

2014 Nikon-Walkley Award: 
Andrew Quilty wins Photo of the Year
From the Nikon-Walkley website: "Andrew Quilty’s striking “Baby Burn Victim in Boost Hospital” has been named the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year. The image shot by Quilty in an observation room in the emergency ward at Boost Hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, was the clear stand-out for the judges." Congratulations to Andrew who is currently based in Afghanistan. 

Book Launch & Exhibition: New York
Majid Saeedi - Life in War

Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi was the winner of the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award for his long term project, Life in War, shot in Afghanistan. This book and subsequent exhibition launched in New York last night at the Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, New York. Visit the FotoEvidence site for details on both the book and exhibition. Alison Stieven-Taylor's review of Life in War will be published on this blog next week. 

Chernobyl As A Tourist Destination:
Gerd Ludwig's Nuclear Tourist

Twenty-eight years ago the name of Chernobyl was etched into the annals of history. Many can recall where they were when they heard the news that there had been a reactor accident at an atomic power plant in Russia, although few at the time really understood what that meant including officials. In the months that followed people around the world reeled as we learned in more detail the devastating effects of the failure, which had been caused by human error. The fallout continued long after the headlines had faded.

National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig made nine visits to Chernobyl, the Exclusion Zone and the abandoned city of Pripyat over 20 years to record not only the physical devastation, but the ongoing impact of the disaster on the people of this region. Now his photographs show that Chernobyl has become a macabre tourist destination. Read the full story and see more images on National Geographic.

All images (C) Gerd Ludwig

Exhibition: Sydney

Murray Fredericks - Topophilia
The Greenland Icesheet Series

Internationally renowned photographer Murray Fredericks made six trips to the centre of Greenland's Ice Sheet between 2010 and 2013. The result is his latest series, Topophilia, which comprises large format photographs of the icecap, as well as stills from the abandoned war missile defence station. 

The Ice Sheet

The Abandoned Missile Station

But his new exhibition is so much more than images on walls. Taking full advantage of the multi-purpose spaces of the Annandale Galleries, Fredericks' exhibition is an immersive experience with an amazing, all-encompassing 160sqm cinematic video installation plus another video installation with three monitors. It’s not your average photographic exhibition, but then Fredericks is not your average landscape photographer. Think “epic,” “majestic,” and “breathtaking” and you’re getting close. A must see for those in Sydney. 

Still from the video installation
All images (C) Murray Fredericks

Until 8 November
Annandale Galleries
110 Trafalgar Street

October 10, 2014

Friday Round Up - 10th October, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up - Q & A with National Geographic's Chris Rainier, exhibitions at LE BAL and Ballarat, more Tim Page unpublished photographs and WorkshopX in Thailand and India. Plus Getty Images and iStock launch a new photography competition to #RePicture the world.

Picture of the Week:
35,000 Walrus' on an Alaskan Beach 

What's wrong with this picture? These walrus' should have been lying on sea ice as they usually do, only the ice has melted.

(C) Corey Accardo/AP

What their habitat should look like - from USFWS Alaska Flickr  

National Geographic’s Chris Rainier talks about his life-long commitment to record indigenous cultures

(C) Chris Rainier

"I have dedicated my life to what is a race against time to photograph cultures from our past that live in the present and to document them for future generations," says Chris Rainier. "These photographs are ‘postcards to the future’ of what we are losing today"... (to read the full story click on the Q&A tab at the top of this blog)


WorkshopX – Bangkok and Kolkata

Polish documentary photographers Aleksander Bochenek and Grzegorz Ostrega have teamed up with Australian photographer Nick McGrath to run a series of intensive workshops – November in Bangkok and December in Kolkata – under the WorkshopX banner.

Bochenek and Ostrega initially formed WorkshopX in order to run a series of photo-editing classes for photographers. The concept has now expanded into workshops, meetings, documentary films screenings and exhibitions and McGrath, who is a photojournalist and photo-editor based in Bangkok, has come in as a workshop leader also.

McGrath says the upcoming workshops offer an intimate learning experience and the three workshop leaders will be supported by three local photographers “to help our participants with fixing, translating, general problem solving on the ground and making sure that each participant gets the necessary support during the workshop”.

Above (C) Nick McGrath

Plus there are some fantastic names as guest tutors – in Bangkok multi-award winning photojournalists Jack Picone, Nic Dunlop and Thai photographer Piyavit Thongsa-Ard will work with workshop participants.

(C) Jack Picone

(C) Jack Picone

(C) Nic Dunlop

(C) Nic Dunlop

(C) Piyavit Thongsa-Ard

(C) Piyavit Thongsa-Ard

In Kolkata, Italian photojournalist and documentary photographer Alex Masi, who was the winner of the 2012 FotoEvidence Book Award for his amazing work "Bhopal Second Disaster," is the guest tutor. The addition of these special guests means all participants have the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with some of the world’s most experienced documentary photographers.

(C) Alex Masi

(C) Alex Masi

It’s an exciting line up and if documentary photography is your thing, then these two workshops are really worth considering, not only for the opportunity to improve your visual storytelling and editing skills, but to also pick the brains of some truly erudite photojournalists.

Date: 16 – 22 November 2014
Deadline for applications: 2 Nov 2014

Date: 6 – 12 December 2014

Deadline for applications: 10 Nov 2014

Workshops are limited to 10 participants only.


Group Show - LE BAL

(C) Antoine d’Agata

In this group show five photographers - Sophie Calle, Julien Magre, Stéphane Couturier, Alain Bublex and Antoine d’Agata – were invited by LE BAL to explore the concept of the road. “Anonymous and yet so familiar, the highway became their creative land, their intimate playground. For all of them…an invitation to find themselves, to get lost... s’il y a lieu.” 

(C) Julien Magre

(C) Sophie Calle

(C) Alain Bublex

LE BAL is a brilliant space - gallery, cafe and bookshop. I visited LE BAL last year to see Mark Cohen's Dark Knees exhibition. If you're lucky enough to be in Paris, put LE BAL on your list.

Until 26 October
6 Impasse de la Défense
75018 Paris

Exhibitions: Ballarat

Robert Imhoff: Retrospective
A Life in Grain and Pixels

With a career that spans five decades, Australian photographer Robert Imhoff has many stories that point to his ingenuity and knowing when to make the most of a situation. Even as a child he was always looking for an opportunity. At the Melbourne Olympic Games village in 1956 a 7-year-old Rob slid between the legs of the adults and under a barricade to take a snapshot of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with his Kodak Brownie E-box camera (above). This photograph features alongside numerous images taken over his career in the retrospective exhibition and book, Imhoff: A Life of Grain and Pixels.

The boldness that led to his photograph of the Prince, combined with a well developed sense of timing, and the ability to make his subjects relax, are hallmarks of Rob’s long career that has spanned continents and seen him photograph many Australian icons. Such is his portfolio, in both photography and film - he’s directed more than 300 productions - that Rob is considered one of the elder statesmen of commercial photography in Australia.

One of the first portraits Imhoff took in 1969 - Sydney Charles Bromley

All images (C) Robert Imhoff

Opens tomorrow.

Imhoff: A Life of Grain and Pixels
40 Lydiard Street North,
11 October to 7 December


Getty launches #RePicture Competition

Launched at Cannes Lions this year, Getty's #RePicture is about challenging the stereotypical imagery that is used to illustrate particular concepts, customs, cultures and people. Now the #RePicture competition invites photographers - amateurs and pros - to break free from these stereotypes and #RePicture the world.

Competition closes 20 November, 2014.  Visit the website here for all the details.

Tim Page Unseen
Continuing Photojournalism Now's exclusive series of unpublished photographs from legendary photojournalist Tim Page, this week features the last installation of Page's Sri Lanka images - click on the tab at the top of the blog to see more images.