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February 13, 2016

Friday Round Up - 12th February, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up the 70's show at Magnet Galleries is extended by popular demand, Robyn Beeche Retrospective for Black Eye Gallery and Peter Elliston at Colour Factory.

Sneak Peek:
Albatross Island
Matthew Newton

Next week read the interview with Matthew Newton and see more of his extraordinary images of this little known Bass Strait island off the coast of Tasmania.

Living in the 70's
Melbourne - Magnet Galleries

Shirley Strachan Skyhooks © John Casamento

This group show features an eclectic selection of photographs of Melbourne during the 1970s. Michael Silver, the co-founder of Magnet, reports that crowds have been flowing through. "It's like the NGV," he says. The show has been so popular that it's been extended until 20th February. 

Black land rights demonstration Bourke Street 1978 © Colin Abbott

Muhmmad Ali and Bert Newton at the Logies 1979 © Bruce Postle

Doc Neeson, The Angels © Mark Hopper 

Red Rattler Jolimont Station © Bob Wilson

St Kilda Fair 1973 © Glen O'Malley 

Bob Hawke fields for Gough Whitlam Richmond 1977

In Conversation at Magnet
On Thursday 18th February Magnet is hosting an In Conversation with legendary Australian architecture photographer John Gollings, pictured below, and Dr. Rory Hyde curator of contemporary Architecture and urbanism at the V&A in London. Gollings was made a Member of the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day honours. Check out the website for details.

Magnet Galleries Melbourne
Level 2
640 Bourke Street


Robyn Beeche Retrospective
Black Eye Gallery, Darlinghurst

"London gave me the freedom to go ballistic," said Robyn Beeche, the Australian photographer who was considered the "Andy Warhol of London'" and a central figure in that city's counter-culture during the seventies and eighties.

Beeche's studio in Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum, was a magnet for creative souls. Drag queen and cult movie star Divine was a close friend, as was designer Zandra Rhodes and founder of the Alternative Miss World Pageant, artist Andrew Logan.

Steve Strange, lead singer of Visage and owner of the New Romantics nightclub Blitz, regularly worked with Beeche on new concepts.

Her collaborations with make-up artists Richard Sharah, Phyllis Cohen and Richard Sharples, where models' faces and bodies were used as an artist's canvas, resulted in some of the most groundbreaking trompe-l'loeil photography of the pre-digital era…" to read the rest of Alison Stieven-Taylor's feature on Robyn Beeche in the Australian Financial Review Weekend click the link.

Above: Beeche also documented the Holi festival in India for 30 years. 
Read the story for more details. 

Peter Elliston - Southern Shores

This series shot in 1993 on the South Coast of England by Peter Elliston is the first exhibition in 2016 for Fitzroy's Colour Factory Gallery. It's a quirky collection of black and white images that echo the 1970s more than the 1990s.



Isle of Wight


Colour Factory
409-429 Gore Street

February 05, 2016

Friday Round Up - 5 February, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up - the first of Alison Stieven-Taylor's monthly features on photojournalism for L'Oeil de la Photographie, 2016 Persephone Miel fellowship, panel discussion in New York on the roots of photojournalism, Head On Photo Awards open for entries, an environmental photo essay by Nima Taradji and links for some interesting weekend reading.

Photojournalism Now 
L'Oeil de la Photographie 
"There is no argument that photojournalism is in a state of transition, but what that means for the industry is open for discussion. Some view what’s happening as a crisis, and others as an opportunity for reinvention.  While there is an increasing number of photographers entering the field, there are less paid jobs and almost daily we hear stories of more newspapers and publications reducing their photography departments. But is the mainstream media critical to the photojournalist’s capacity to develop a reputation that delivers an audience and may affect change?" read the full story click here.  

The idea with these articles is to invite comment and expand the conversation so please get in touch if you feel you have something to contribute.

Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting
The Persephone Miel fellowship honours the memory of the former Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s senior advisor of Internews, Persephone Miel who passed away in 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Persephone's legacy is to help media professionals outside the U.S. report on their home countries and bring their work to a broader international audience.

Over the past five years Persephone Miel fellows have reported from Africa, India, Pakistan, Russia, the Philippines and the Persian Gulf. Click here to find out how to apply. Deadline 1st March.

Talk: New York
PM New York Daily and the roots of photojournalism 

Bernie Aumuller

A panel discussion on PM New York Daily and the roots of photojournalism will be held this Saturday. Panelists are Brian Wallis, Curator of the Walther Collection and former Chief Curator of the ICP; Paul Milkman, scholar and author of PM: A New Deal in Journalism 1940-1948; Jason Hill, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the University of Delaware and author of the forthcoming book Artist as Reporter: Weegee, Ad Reinhardt and the PM News Picture; and Laetitia Barrere, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The panel will be moderated by our Curatorial Director Anais Feyeux.

3-5pm Saturday 6th February
Steven Kasher Gallery
515 West 26th Street New York
Seats are limited

Head On Photo Awards
$50,000 in prizes across four categories - portrait, landscape, mobile and student. Entries close 28 February. Winning entries and finalists will be exhibited during the 2016 Head On Photo Festival 29 April to 22 May Click here for details. 

Photo Essay:
Nima Taradji - Shishmaref

Iranian photographer Nima Taradji’s photo essay on Shishmaref a remote village 30 miles south of the Arctic circle addresses the affects of climate change on the village’s 600 inhabitants. Native Eskimos have lived here for generations, but the island is sinking and they need to find somewhere else to live. To see more of his work click here. 

News is a product: A new report outlines best practices for news product managers

January 29, 2016

Friday Round Up - 29 January, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up -  a photo essay on Tijuana's AIDS crisis, plus three very different exhibitions - PM New York Daily: 1940-48 (New York), Francesa Woodman (Amsterdam) and Martin Parr (Sydney).

Photo Essay & Book:

Tomorrow Is a Long Time

Sergio Borrego, who helps run Tijuana's Albergue Las Memorias HIV/AIDS hospice, puts a net over the face of Pedro Robles, 51, to prevent flies bothering him as he dies of AIDS. Pedro arrived at Las Memorias with full-blown AIDS six days earlier, but because of bureaucratic delays in Tijuana's medical system he received no HIV medication and died without having seen a doctor. Malcolm Linton/Polaris

In Tijuana AIDS afflicts many of the city’s poorest who live along the Tijuana River Canal in slum conditions. Photographer Malcolm Linton and writer Jon Cohen spent two years documenting the impact of HIV/AIDS and their work appears in the book Tomorrow Is a Long Time.

In an interview with Mother Jones, Cohen said, "Our aim was to describe people's lives in enough detail to make you care about them, and these are people who for the most part live in the shadows of communities and are ignored or outright despised".

Linton said when the opportunity to do the book came up he had just retrained as a nurse and was about to give up photography as "the market had gotten so bad...I went to Tijuana (and) began by working as a volunteer nurse there for the UCSD project that was looking at the link between injection and HIV in Tijuana. So I got to know the people living in the canal because I would run the HIV tests on them much of the time. They'd come to the research office, and they'd meet me. Pretty soon I told them that I was also a photographer and that I was interested in doing this project.

"The canal is foul. The ground is covered in used syringes, human excrement, bits of food, rats, and cockroaches. So I bought myself a small folding stool... I'd simply go down there and unfold my stool beside a group of people who were sitting around shooting up. And sit there, for maybe 20 minutes, half an hour, exchange the odd comment, and that was about it. There wasn't a need to say a whole lot. It was as much simply being there, and spending time, that earned me some sort of credibility."

These images are visceral and the story equally difficult to read knowing that with proper medical care many of these people would have a good chance at survival. But as Cohen said that may be the case in wealthy countries; it is the most vulnerable who “slip through the cracks”. And the figures are startling. Less than half the world’s 37 million HIV positive people receive treatment and live in countries where medical care is not readily available. And that's the recorded cases. How many others are under the radar is unknown.

Cohen has been covering the AIDS epidemic since 1990. He said, "I used to visit AIDS wards that had hundreds of people dying from HIV untreated. I never see that anymore. But things improved so dramatically because people the world over made noise about what was going wrong. Tomorrow Is a Long Time is in that same tradition".

To read the full interview visit Mother Jones
Outside her makeshift shelter in a section of the Tijuana River Canal known as El Bordo, Reyna Ortiz holds a heroin syringe in her mouth. Reyna was in one of the highest risk groups for HIV: a female who injected drugs and had regular unprotected sex with a male addict who was also injecting. Malcolm Linton/Polaris

Dr. Patricia González presses on a patient's neck at a Friday first-aid clinic that she began in July 2014 in the Tijuana River Canal. Malcolm Linton/Polaris

Villareal smokes crystal meth one evening in his room at a boardinghouse in downtown Tijuana. Malcolm Linton/Polaris

Transgender sex worker Fernanda Sánchez waits for clients at night on a street in Tijuana's red-light district. Transgender women and gay men have the highest HIV infection rates of any group in Tijuana. Malcolm Linton/Polaris

New York - Stephen Kasher Gallery

PM New York Daily: 1940-48


First published in June 1940, the richly illustrated PM New York Daily and the Sunday version PM Weekly were vehicles for socially progressive thought. Its mandate was clear - “PM is against people who push other people around. PM accepts no advertising. PM belongs to no political party. PM is absolutely free and uncensored. PM’s sole source of income is its readers — to whom it alone is responsible. PM is one newspaper that can and dares to tell the truth.” 

"PM considered photography a foremost instrument for communicating truth as opposed to objectivity, in the same vein as leftist illustrated periodicals from interwar Europe, such as Arbeiten Illustrierte Zeitung, Vu, and Ce Soir. PM declared that photographers are a vital and integral part of the very idea of PM — that they would write stories with photographs, as report­ers wrote them in words." 

Despite attracting renowned photographers including Margaret Bourke-White, Ralph Steiner and Weegee, and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker and Tip O’Neill, founder Ralph Ingersoll, the former managing editor of Time-Life Publications couldn’t make PM pay. With a mandate to accept no advertising, PM’s loyal readership wasn’t enough to cover costs and in 1948 PM closed its doors. 

But its legacy lives on and PM New York Daily: 1940-48 features more than 75 black and white photographs from PM staff and freelancers showing the breadth of coverage that appeared within the pages of this groundbreaking publication. 

Bernie Aumuller

Gene Badger

Helen Levitt

Irving Haberman

Margaret Bourke-White

Morris Engel


Photographers on show: Weegee, Helen Levitt, Morris Engel, Margaret Bourke-White, Lisette Model, Mary Morris, Irving Haberman, and Arthur Leipzig.

PM New York Daily: 1940-48
Until 20 February
Steven Kasher Gallery
515 W. 26th St.
New York

FOAM - Amsterdam

Francesca Woodman - On Being An Angel 
Francesa Woodman Untitled MacDowell Colony Peterborough New Hampshire 1980 
(C) George and Betty Woodman

During her short life, American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) used self-portraiture to explore gender, representation, sexuality and corporality inserting herself as the subject in each image or on occasion using stand-ins. At the age of 22 she committed suicide leaving several hundred silver gelatine prints of which 102 photographs including several large-format diazotype prints and six short videos are on show at Foam. Since her death her work has been exhibited widely and she is said to have inspired artists around the world. 

Francesc Woodman Self-portrait talking to Vince Providence Rhode Island 1977 
(C) George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman From Space2 providence Rhode Island 1976
(C) George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman Self deceit 1 Rome Italy 1978 
(C) George and Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman Untitled Rome Italy 1977-78
(C) George and Betty Woodman
Until 9 March
Foam Fotografiemuseum
Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam
Sydney - ACP

Martin Parr - Life’s a Beach 

It is fitting that Magnum photographer Martin Parr’s exhibition 'Life’s a Beach' is housed at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery on the shore of one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Taken over a number of years on beaches around the world from Italy, China, Japan, the US and the UK, 'Life’s a Beach' is Parr at his irreverent best. Loud, kaleidoscopic, banal, bizarre.

Until 27 March
Bondi Pavilion Gallery
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Bondi Beach

January 22, 2016

Friday Round Up - 22 January, 2016

Welcome to the first Friday Round Up for 2016. Now in its fourth year, Friday Round Up has featured hundreds of photographers from around the world and showcased work that encapsulates the diversity of photojournalism today.

It’s always worthwhile to look back on the year that was before plunging into a new one so this week features highlights from 2015. Plus Head On Photo Awards are now open and Riga Photomonth calls for submissions.

The Year That Was - Photojournalism Now's 2015 Highlights
In no order of preference, the following selection is made from the numerous photo essays featured on the blog last year. 

Katie Orlinsky Bought and Sold in Nepal

Mary F. Calvert The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America's Military

Chris Jordan Intolerable Beauty

Darcy Padilla The Julie Project

Sean Gallagher The Toxic Price of Leather

James Hosking Beautiful by Night

Paul Kitagaki Jr Japanese American Internment Survivors

Greg Kahn Cuba

Richard Ross Girls in Justice

Robin Hammond Where Love is Illegal

Arnau Bach Suburbia

Evgenia Arbugaeva Weatherman

Louise Whelan African/Australian

Emilio Fraile The Fate of Electronic Waste

Timothy Fadek Requiem for a Dive Bar

Magnus Wennman Where the Children Sleep

Stephen Mallon Next Stop Atlantic

Tom Hussey Reflections

Call for Entries:

Head On Photo Awards 2016

This year there are four award categories with a total prize pool of $50,000. Categories: portrait, landscape, mobile and students. The Awards are open to professional and emerging photographers, photojournalists and artists. Deadline is 28 February. Visit the website for more details.

Riga Photomonth
The second edition of Riga Photomonth will be held this year in Latvia in May. Organisers are calling for entries under the themes of Territories, Borders and Checkpoints. Deadline 1 February. To find out more visit the site here.