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August 15, 2014

Friday Round Up - 15 August, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up the 25th Melbourne Art Fair, Daniel Berehulak, Ballarat International Foto Biennale fundraiser, exhibitions and more.

Picture of the Week:


By the light of the supermoon - Madrid 
(C) Andres Kudacki

Fair:
Melbourne Art Fair


(C) Marty Williams

The 25th Melbourne Art Fair opens today at the majestic Royal Exhibitions Building. More than 20,000 people are expected to view the 70 galleries that feature in this year’s Fair with solid representation from local curators as well as international galleries from Asia, Europe and South America. The Fair also features a bookshop and art making spaces. 

With a philosophy of public engagement, this year’s Art Fair is also spilling into the streets of Melbourne with day and night events and pop-up shows in the city’s major art spaces such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) as well as other arts hubs including the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen and the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art in St. Kilda.

(C) Marty Williams

“Good art needs to be seen in the flesh to be appreciated, ” says Barry Keldoulis the Fair's director, who believes the Art Fair is the “physical manifestation” of the Internet – a twist on thoughts that tend to see the Internet as the interloper as opposed to the catalyst for driving people into galleries.

This year a number of galleries feature photo-media art as well as documentary photography including Galeria AFA from Santiago, Chile with an exhibition of black and white portraiture from renowned photographer Paz Errazuriz (below). (Photojournalism Now's interview with Galeria AFA director Camila Opazo will feature on next week’s Friday Round Up).

(C) Marty Williams

Keldoulis says that with the emergence of video art, collectors had initially “leap frogged” over photography, but he believes that photography is now most definitely on the radar of art collectors. However he doesn’t see “any merit or honesty in creating a distinction between photography as art and other visual art forms”.

 (C) Marty Williams

Fair Director Barry Keldoulis
(C) Marty Williams

To that end Keldoulis doesn’t see the need for photo curators either claiming that art curators who understand image making can curate photography also. Nor can he see the point of galleries specialising in the medium. His comments definitely provide food for thought and will hopefully spark some enlightened debate on the topic of photography as art.

15-17 August
Melbourne Art Fair
Royal Exhibition Buildings
Carlton

Stills Gallery at Melbourne Art Fair

(C) Trent Parke*

Sydney’s Stills Gallery, arguably Australia’s most respected photography-dedicated gallery, will feature a number of its artists works at the Fair including a selection from Trent Parke's The Camera is God series, Narelle Autio, Pat Brassington and Glen Sloggett. View the Stills Gallery catalogue here. 
*The above image is not in the catalogue, but representative of the work in The Camera is God.

Feature Article:
Daniel Berehulak



The latest issue of NZ Pro Photographer magazine features Alison Stieven-Taylor’s interview with award-winning Australian photographer, and really nice guy, Daniel Berehulak. Download the iPad App for the magazine to read the story, or lash out and subscribe to the print version - it's a sexy, full colour glossy magazine that does justice to the amazing photographers it features.

Fundraiser:
Ballarat International Foto Biennale


On Sunday 31st August the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) will host a fundraising event at Eleven40 Gallery in Malvern where photography lovers will be able to view and purchase photographs donated by some of Australia’s leading photographers and photo-media artists.

More than 200 photographers were invited to submit an image for consideration in the BIFB 2015 Collection, which is curated by Festival Director Jeff Moorfoot. The final selection of around 125 photographs, including one of Alison Stieven-Taylor's photographs, will feature in the BIFB 2015 Collection book also and the “first edition” will be auctioned at the fundraiser around 3pm.

Photographs are displayed anonymously with collectors purchasing a red dot for $125. On the Sunday those holding red dots will be able to select the image of their choice in a “first drawn” basis in the Print Selection Lucky Dip.

Moorfoot says the event provides “a fantastic chance to purchase a one-off archival print for a price perhaps well under the value of what an artist might normally sell his or her work for.” All works are offered “anonymously” so purchasers won’t know whose work they have bought until the provenance on the back is revealed. 

Come along, enjoy the art, food and wine and help support BIFB.
Sponsors: Eleven40 Gallery, Kayell, Epson and Blurb.

Sunday 31 August
from 12noon
Eleven40 Gallery
1140 Malvern Road
Malvern

Round Up of Exhibitions closing soon:

Melbourne:



Until 23 August
Shara Henderson – London Edit
Edmund Pearce

Sydney:



Ends Sunday 17 August
Paul Blackmore – ONE
Blackeye Gallery

Your Daily Photograph



If you haven’t signed up already, check out Your Daily Photograph to see Alison’s curated selection of 30 photographers, which runs through until the end of August. Already a number of photographs have been sold, and it's fantastic to see Australian photographers getting some well deserved attention on the international photography market.  Today’s photograph is from Alexia Sinclair (above). Follow the link here to see more images.

August 08, 2014

Friday Round Up - 8 August, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up new exhibitions for Melbourne and Launceston, John G. Morris’ Get the Picture documentary, American photographer Michael Ast’s new book, and Your Daily Photograph. Plus this week’s Picture of the Week.

Picture of the Week:

(C) Mahmud Hams - Gaza August 5, 2014

Documentary Film:
Get the Picture  - John G. Morris 
(C) Peter Turnley 2014

If you haven’t seen this fantastic documentary on John G. Morris by Cathy Pearson check it out via the link below. Morris is such an entertaining and erudite man and his thoughts on photojournalism really should be required “hearing” for anyone interested in the medium. He’s also a really nice guy, and I was lucky enough to meet him last year at Visa pour l’Image.

For those of you who don’t know Morris, he was picture editor for Life and for the New York Times, amongst other titles, and a close friend of Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Eugene Smith. He was also the picture editor who was first to run with Eddie Adams now iconic image from the Vietnam War (see below), on the front page of the New York Times, which he talks about in the film. He’s also worked with a great many contemporary photographers including Peter Turnley who took this intimate portrait of Morris in Paris this year, Morris’ favourite city. Turnley also features in the film along with Paolo Pellegrin and Don McCullin amongst others. This is one of the best documentaries I've seen. Period. 


(C) Eddie Adams

To view Get the Picture click here

Exhibition: Tasmania
Another Country 

(C) Matthew Newton 

On Friday night the exhibition “Another Country” by photographers Matthew Newton and Sarah Rhodes opens at Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania. It’s not often that we hear from the Apple Isle and it is thanks to Newton’s marketing savvy that Photojournalism Now received the information. That might sound trite, but you would be surprised how many photographers don’t promote their work.

“Another Country” explores the remote communities of Tasmania in large format photographic portraits, landscapes, and still life compositions. Many people still live in pockets of Tasmania that are quite isolated and in some ways have been forgotten by the modern world. These hidden folds are captured by Newton and Rhodes in very different, yet complementary styles. 


(C) Sarah Rhodes 

“Inspired by historical accounts and contemporary political dialogue we aim to hint at narratives and relay the experiences of strangers met in settings that spur our own emotions. Ultimately, this body of work is a meditation on small town life and the landscape,” says Newton.

Newton is a seasoned photographer and cinematographer, and notably has been awarded for his work documenting the vulnerability of Tasmania’s forest for the past decade. For this work he’s been a finalist in the Australian of the Year awards and the Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism. Newton has also been a finalist in the National Portrait Prize, the Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography and the Bowness Photographic Prize on a number of occasions. 




Above images (C) Matthew Newton

Rhodes is an emerging contemporary photographic artist. She uses portraiture as a means of exploring themes around identity. Rhodes has exhibited at Photoville in New York, and she is also a finalist in this year’s Bowness Award. Her work is held in public and private collections including the National Library of Australia and the Charles Blackman Trust. 



Above images (C) Sarah Rhodes

Guerilla Event
Inspired by the Elizabeth Street Gallery in Sydney, the pair will also undertake a “guerilla event” adorning an abandoned building in Launceston’s CBD with a series of A0 sized prints from the exhibition.

Until 30 August
Sawtooth Gallery
2/160 Cimitiere St
Launceston 
To view more of Rhodes work please click here

Exhibition: Melbourne
NotFair Art Fair



NotFair, Australia's independent art fair opens in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood next week. NotFair began in response to the lack of opportunities for artists without gallery representation, to show their work. NotFair's "principal role is to conduct a biennial art exhibition to launch the careers of emerging, undervalued and lesser-known mid-generational artists". This year Melbourne-based photographer Hari Ho is the only photographer included in the selection. Ho is showing three images from his series "Monuments and Ruins". 



All images (C) Hari Ho

NotFair Art Fair
12 Peel Street
Collingwood

Opening 14 August 6-8pm
NotFair exhibition
15-17 August

Book Review:
Michael Ast - Trying to Find the Ocean


(C) Michael Ast

The first thing I noticed about American photographer Michael Ast’s debut book is how these images carry the tempo of a city, in this case Baltimore, Maryland. It is almost as if Ast’s camera is a barometer for the mood of this town seen in its human and animal inhabitants, its concrete structures, cracked roads, dilapidated buildings and steaming vents.

In “Trying to Find the Ocean” Ast creates a seamless narrative that gains momentum as the pages unfold and there is definitely a sense that as you move through this book you are part of a journey that is both physical and allegorical...(to read the review in full and see more photographs please click on the Book Reviews tab at the top of this blog).

Your Daily Photograph
August Guest Curator – Alison Stieven-Taylor 

(C) Brian Cassey - one of Alison's selections

For the month of August Alison Stieven-Taylor is guest curator for Your Daily Photograph, which is an initiative of the Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. Each day subscribers receive an email – Your Daily Photograph – that features curated photographs that are available for sale (click here to view). This daily email is sent to the Gallery's subscriber-base of around 3800 dedicated photographic art collectors. “In the recent past images from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Andre Kertesz, Edward Burtynsky and other photography legends have appeared in Your Daily Photograph”.

Gallery director Daniel Miller says the idea began in 2012 when a collector who wanted to sell a large and diverse collection of photographs approached the gallery. “We started emailing one picture everyday to a small list of our collectors, and the "Daily" was born,” says Miller. “The list grew by word of mouth among collectors, and we began to accept subscribers. After some time, we added a few categories to each email, to present more kinds of photographs to our subscribers, which now stand at around 3800”.

As the subscriber list has grown so have sales, but there’s no formula to what sells and Miller says, “different collectors have very different tastes and each one has unique interests that is influenced by a range of things such as age, education, habits and even geographic regions. We are constantly surprised by which images have the highest demand”.

In the digital world where we are inundated with images Miller says the average collector can be overwhelmed. As a result Your Daily Photograph’s curated selections have found a niche for “serious collectors”. And it has also helped photographers to find new markets as well as representation and exhibitions. Check out the website to see comments from photographers who have participated in Your Daily Photograph.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can subscribe here. Alison’s curated collection continues until the end of August.

August 01, 2014

Friday Round Up - 1 August, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up new exhibitions for Melbourne and Sydney, a new book on photographer John Deakin in review, a photo essay on women mine workers in Poland and Photojournalism Now's Alison Stieven-Taylor invited to curate a month of photography for Your Daily Photograph.

Picture of the Week:


China: These bars are designed to keep the children at a distance to their books to help prevent nearsightedness. Lucky they don't have mobile phones and tablets. Photo: Reuters

Your Daily Photograph - Los Angeles
Australian Guest Curator for August
For the month of August Alison Stieven-Taylor is the guest curator for YourDailyPhotograph.com, an initiative of the Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. Each day subscribers receive an email – YourDailyPhotograph – that features curated photographs that are available for sale. This daily email is sent to the Gallery's subscriber-base of around 3800 dedicated photographic art collectors. Registration is free. Sign up today to see Alison's selection that features 30 photographers. Click here.

Book Review:
Under the Influence
John Deakin, Photography and the Lure of Soho

“Being fatally drawn to the human race, what I want to do when I photograph is to make a revelation about it, so my sitters become my victims.” John Deakin
English photographer John Deakin’s reputation as a boorish drunk largely eclipsed his talent during his lifetime and at the time of his death in 1972 at the age of 60 he was virtually destitute and his photographs forgotten.

Yet Deakin was an enigma. An artist whose considerable potential was squandered by drink and self-indulgence, Deakin was reportedly “loved and loathed in equal measure”. At one turn he was described as a “nasty little man” and at another, deeply insightful, with his compassion for his fellow man (sic) evident in his startling portraiture. Deakin’s images still stand today as a marker to what truly great portraiture is all about, but it is not due to his care and diligence that his archive remains. When Deakin died friends found piles of prints and scratched negatives under his bed...(to read the full review and see more images please click on the Book Reviews tab at the top of this blog).
Portrait of Francis Bacon by John Deakin 1952

Photo Essay:
Arek Gola - Kobiety Kopalnia
(Women in Mines)
This photo essay by Polish photographer Arek Gola turns the camera on the women who work in the mines in Poland. Here Gola has created a series of portraits that give a view to a world that few see.














All images (C) Arek Gola 2012

Exhibitions: Sydney
Paul Blackmore – One


Photographer Paul Blackmore is one of the most insightful documentary photographers working today, yet while much of his imagery falls into the reportage category, Blackmore's work translates across both photojournalism and fine art genres as is evidenced in his most recent book At Water’s Edge and now in this new collection, ONE.

In ONE, Blackmore's treatment of the human body evokes abstraction in distinct forms. Shot in studio in black and white Blackmore's nudes are reminiscent of the minimalist nudes of the likes of Erwin Blumenfeld, where the eye is drawn by the simplicity, the fall of the light and the interplay of shadows. Where Blumenfeld often used props such as venetian blinds and fabric and shot through diffused panels of glass, Blackmore has stripped back to the basics – one light source, one subject, one background – freeing the images of clutter and allowing the eye to roam.






All images (C) Paul Blackmore

5-17 August
Blackeye Gallery
3/138 Darlinghurst Road
Darllinghurst

Exhibition: Melbourne
Ruth Maddison


Australian photographer Ruth Maddison's series of work "In Residence" features photographs that were created during a three-month residency at Artspace in Sydney in 2013.

Maddison came to photography in 1976 in Melbourne at a time when women in particular were pushing artistic boundaries in the medium and using photography to explore the personal in a way their male counterparts largely had not. Of her artistic practice Maddison says, “I’m documenting the passage of my life via my image making. I’m recording what it is that makes me want to go on and on with the camera. Anything can interest me and it may not relate to anything I’ve done before or anything I’m working on. Everything I do and see and know somehow becomes included in what I want to translate into images”.

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All images (C) Ruth Maddison


Until 23 August
Edmund Pearce
Lvl 2 Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
Melbourne

Exhibition: Melbourne
Kelvin Skewes - Nauru: What was Taken and What was Given



The island nation of Nauru, in Micronesia, is the world’s smallest republic. Many Australians know Nauru as an offshore processing centre for asylum seekers under Australia’s Pacific Solution policy; a continual source of contention and debate within Australia.

Melbourne photographer Kelvin Skewes says the work in his exhibition - Nauru: What was Taken and What was Given – “examines questions about extraction industries, the viability of the nation state, 20th century colonialism, 21st century paternalism, as well as our translational and intergenerational responsibilities".






All images (C) Kelvin Skewes

Until 24 August
Counihan Gallery
233 Sydney Road
Brunswick
(inside Brunswick Town Hall)

July 25, 2014

Friday Round Up - 25 July, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up exhibitions in London and Dubai, photo essays from Ken Schles and Brenda Ann Kenneally and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize is open for entries plus Picture of the Week and Henri Cartier-Bresson's Here and Now in review.

Picture of the Week: 

Jon Nazca's "supermoon" over Olvera, Spain 2014. 

Book Review:
Here and Now Henri Cartier-Bresson


This is a weighty tome, in physicality and content. The kind of book you flick through several times before settling on a chapter with which to spend a few hours, for time passes quickly when you immerse yourself in such an exquisite volume.

Cartier-Bresson was a visual artist, a man who loved to paint and draw, passions that developed at a very early age. But he was also a man who loved to explore new forms of artistic expression. Living in Paris, in what is known as the ‘luminous years,’ Cartier-Bresson fell in with the Surrealists and by the end of the 1920s he’d discovered Eugène Atget and turned his attention to photography...(to read the full review please click on the Book Reviews tab at the top of this blog).
 
Exhibition: London
The Visual Revolution

Russian Avant-Garde Photography, Alexander Rodchenko & the VKhUTEMAS Workshop

Alexander Rodchenko 1891-1956
Zhenshchina s kolyaskoi (Woman with baby carriage), 1928


This expansive exhibition features more than 1500 vintage photographs taken by over 100 Russian photographers including Alexander Rodchenko, Max Alpert, Akady Shishkin, and Gustav Klutsis and is curated from a single collection of works dating from the 1920s to World War II.

Rodchenko (1891-1956) is considered the "leader of Russian Constructivism" and as such his work is pivotal to this exhibition. Inspired by Moholy-Nagy's experimental photographic technique, Rodchenko came to photography in the early 1920s and used his camera to investigate "the discrepancy between high and low culture in Soviet society”. His body of work has "influenced design, architecture and photo-art"and he is still named today as a photographer of influence. 

Georgi Lipskerov 1896 - 1977
Paransha. Burka, Central Asia

Max Alpert 1899 - 1980
Untitled (Dnepr Dam)


Georgi Zelma 1906 - 1984
Petrusov and Shaikhet

The VKhUTEMAS Workshop was formed in 1920 when Lenin merged the Stroganov School of Industrial Art and the Moscow School of Painting and was Russia's answer to Bauhaus, although the former never rose to the same prominence. The Workshop only existed for a decade, yet it is considered to have played a major role in introducing constructivism and rationalism in architecture.

The Visual Revolution is part of the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture. If you are in London this is an exhibition for your "must see" list. 

Until 29 August
Richard Saltoun
111 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 6RY

Exhibition: Dubai
Max Pam – Ramadan in Yemen










(C) All images Max Pam

Australian photographic artist Max Pam continues to garner an international following for his work with the first exhibition of his collection ”Ramadan in Yemen” currently on exhibition in Dubai. Pam like other Australian artists has had greater success overseas than at home and in France in particular Pam’s work is highly regarded. And it is a travesty that the work of Australian artists continues to receive less than adequate support here from our cultural institutions. 

"Ramadan in Yemen" documents Pam's travels through this amazing country in the late 1990s. Pam believes the journal he kept at this time is one of his best and this journal forms the heart to the book "Ramadan in Yemen" published by Éditions Bessard in Paris. Now works from this collection are on show in Dubai, the first time this series has been exhibited.

Of "Ramadan in Yemen"Pam says, "What could I say about Yemen that did it justice. I tried in my journal to work it honestly. I tried with 60 rolls of black and white 120 film to translate the experience. That hot, spare and beautiful Ramadan. No eating or drinking anything between sunrise and sunset. The faithful waiting for the moment. The cannon booms from the mosque in the afterglow of the day. KABOUMMM and a frenzy of quat buying, tea drinking and food eating begins in the suqs and squares and oases and towns all over the country. Everyone is happy, elated, laughing and joking sitting down together as one nation. And you know what? People always wanted me to share and be part of their Ramadan, their community, their Yemen. I travelled all over the country with them. To Shibam, Taizz, Al Mukallah, Sanaa, over the desert, by the sea and into the mountains. The shared taxis were always a half past dead Peugeot 405’s with sometimes 10 or 12 people jammed in. My book gives my version of that unforgettable Ramadan month. An experience freely given to me by the generosity of Yemeni people".

Until 10 September, 2014
East Wing
#12 Limestone House
DIFC, Dubai, UAE
To purchase the book email Éditions Bessard at contact@editionsbessard.com

Photo Essay:
Ken Schles – A Suspension of Memory


Daylight Digital has published a reimagining of New York photographer Ken Schles’ ‘Invisible City’ and ‘Night Walk’ combining stills and video taken by Schles with text written by Alan Rapp. Accompanied by a soundtrack complete with traffic honking and sirens blaring that transports the viewer to the noisy streets of New York, Schles grainy black and white photographs appear even grittier as if they are literally dusted with the patina of the streets. 





(C) All images Ken Schles

Published in 1988 to wide acclaim ‘Invisible City’ was Schles first monograph. This book has been out of print for years, but Steidl will publish an edition later in 2014 together with Schles new book ‘Night Walk’ in which he revisits the period of the ‘Invisible City’ taking the reader on “ a peripatetic walk in the evening air of a lost pre-Internet bohemian downtown New York”.

This Daylight Digital production is a great example of the publishing options available to photographers thanks to digital technology and shows how still images can be transformed into dynamic, interactive narratives that create new opportunities for engagement. Love it. Click here to see the story in full.

Photo Essay:
Brenda Ann Kenneally's
Upstate Girls causes furore

Destiny and Deanna pretending to smoke (C) Brenda Ann Kenneally

In a world where we are subjected to all manner of images depicting all facets of human behaviour it is always interesting to see what the "public" takes umbrage with. American photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally's photo essay "Upstate Girls" is a case in point. 

When her project was published on Slate.com recently with the headline “A New Way to Talk About Poverty in Troy, New York,” neither Kenneally or Slate’s editor-in-Chief Julia Turner could have predicted that these images would evoke such ferocious outbursts that were directed at both the subjects and the photographer. Such was the diatribe around one particular image that Kenneally and Slate agreed to withdraw it; not in acquiescence with the hysteria, but in order to protect the subject.

Briefly, Kenneally’s photo essay is part of a ten-year project that documents the lives of seven young women over a decade. These women live in the city of Troy, Kenneally’s hometown, and are beset by extreme poverty as are more than one fifth of that city's population. A number of the women Kenneally befriended and photographed were also teenage mothers forced to give up their children, or to rear them on their own and her photographs depict their struggles.

Heather and her daughter Jada (C) Brenda Ann Kenneally

'Little Jessie' whose been drinking coffee since he was a baby and is now 12 (C) Brenda Ann Kenneally

In her artist's statement Kenneally, who labels herself a digital folk artist' rather than a photographer, says, “I have dedicated my life to exploring the how and why of class inequity in America. I am concerned with the internalized social messages that will live on for generations after our economic and social policies catch up with the reality of living on the bottom rung of America’s upwardly mobile society. My project explores the way that money is but a symptom of self-worth and a means by which humans separate from each other. Poverty is an emotional (rather than simply) physical state with layers of marginalization that cements those who live under them into place”.

You can see the Slate story here. There is also a piece in the New York Times.

Prize:
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes
$50,000 first prize

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize celebrates ‘contemporary life in Australia’ and is one of the largest and most coveted single photographic prizes in this country with the winner receiving $50,000. There are also a number of student categories and all finalists receive cash prizes. 

In addition to this major annual photographic competition, the Moran Arts Foundation is also invested in working with school students and teachers to provide free photographic workshops. Australian photographer Louise Whelan, whose work has featured on this blog in the past, has been working with various schools this year in what is a fantastic program that teaches not only basic technical skills, but most importantly visual storytelling. 

(C) Louise Whelan

Entries for the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes close September 15. Please visit the website for details including eligibility.

First Prize $50,000
All finalists receive $1000
Judges this year are Getty Images' Aidan Sullivan and Australian photographer William Long
For more information visit the website here

Last year's winner was John Janson-Moore for Nyirripi Girl with Finger (below).