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Archive for November 2011


RMIT Sanpellegrino Cafe Society Competition.

– posted by Sally

Sanpellegrino and the Cafe Society has evolved over the past 10 years and has become an integral part of our lifestyle. 36 students from RMIT where paired with 36 cafes around Melbourne to participate in the Sanpellegrino - Cafe society competion. Students had an open brief - 'your interpretation of Cafe society'

Students had to incorporate one of the follow products S. Pellegrino 500ml. Acqua 500ml, Mandarino, Aranciata Rossa, Aranciata, Pomelmo, Chinotto, Limonata.

The final images wrere judged under the following categories - Interpretation of the brief, Concept, Creativity and execution.

Winners received 1st Prize $1,500 cash, 2nd. Prize $500 cash, 3rd Prize 250 cash and Creativity Award $250.

The overall winner is Irena Matic - 'The League of Honest Coffee'

Tarin Grey - 'The Pound'
Holly Hawkins - 'Three Bags Full'
Daniela Vasconcelo - 'St Edmonds'

Finalist - winners and exhibitions was held at the Docklands.


Jim McFarlane’s new exhibition update.

– posted by Kerry

The Children of Gaza 2011 exhibition opened on 9th November in Doha and more than 100 people came to the opening that was attended by the Palestinian Ambassador to Qatar.

Jim McFarlane was in Doha for the opening and said they got some really good press.
"We've had some very strong interest in the images and we're hoping that they will be converted to sales. All of the money goes to fund Save the Children projects in Gaza."

The exhibition has veen sponsored by The Virginia Commonwealth University.


Craig Newell shoots for Australian Pacific Airports Corporation.

– posted by Kerry

Craig Newell sent us some Annual Report images he photographed for Australian Pacific Airports Corporation.
The brief was to produce shots that reflect the style of Lomography; vibrant experimental colours, high contrast, deep saturation's and vignettes that frame the shot.

He said his "approach was quite simple, whilst looking for simplicity and negative space it was a case of letting the immediate environment dictate itself to me and surrender to it's diversity. Then with a few interesting post production techniques, l succeeded in achieving the result l was looking for."


Elli Ioannou experiments in motion

– posted by Kerry

Elli has sent us a sneak of some of her experiments in moving image.

She has been re defining what she wants to do with her work.

We look forward to seeing more.


Andrew Babarczy’s new folio.

– posted by Kerry

Sal worked with Andrew Babarczy on his folio a couple of months ago. Here's a selection of her 3 favourite spreads along with a short piece on how Andrew found working with Sally.

"I have to say that the experience of working with you on my folio was one of the best things I've done career-wise in a long time. After spending the day with you I feel my folio now has a clarity and direction that it was lacking.  It's often impossible to look at your own work objectively, so to have a fresh perspective from somebody whose opinion I respect has been invigorating. I feel my folio has been given a breath of fresh air and it's also given me the kick to overhaul all other aspects of how I present myself including my website and identity."


Toby Scott shoots for Real Living Magazine.

– posted by Sally

In September we showed you some work Toby Scott had been doing with Est. magazine.

The geat work continues!

Here's some more shots Toby has recently done for Real Living Magazine.


BIFB Update

– posted by Sally

As former Director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Alasdair Foster, said in his speech on the opening night of BIBF”11, “events like this are not so common and are, I believe, essential not only to the cultural richness but to the ultimate wellbeing of our communities…for the wider community they bring enrichment and a sense of locatedness within the world.”

Festival Postscript
After two years of planning, organising and managing, BIFB’11 has come and gone. And what a month it was. Huge numbers, great publicity, a bit of controversy and a month of mainly balmy weather here in Ballarat. We are all decidedly proud and happy with the way things panned out for BIFB'11. The downside is, that given we have set the bar fairly high with this festival, raising it even higher in 2013 is certainly our next challenge. A huge vote of thanks goes out to all involved for making BIFB'11 such a success.

Some Festival Statistics
We are very proud to announce that BIFB’11 was a record-breaking festival in many ways. With over 200 events, we became one of the biggest photography festivals in the world. Our final visitation figures for the Core Program venues stand somewhere around sixty five thousand, an increase of twenty-five thousand from BIFB’09.

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John Tsiavis

– posted by Kerry

John Tsiavis worked as the creative consultant on Philip Treacy's (the milliner)
fashion show, that took place on the eve of Derby Day in a lane way in the city.

Philip's showing many of the hats he's designed for people like Grace
Jones, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, the Queen, amongst others.


Jim McFarlane opens his new exhibition today in Doha.

– posted by Kerry

Children of Gaza Exhibition  2011
9th November to 3rd December, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in Qatar, Qatar University, Doha

In 2010 three international photographers, Giuseppe Aquili, Jim McFarlane and Anthony Dawton, with the support of Save the Children, entered Gaza. For nearly two weeks the award-winning photographers photographed children and their families, victims of the Israeli incursion on December 27th 2008. The images are extraordinary; they tell of what happened and the damage done, both physically and psychologically, but they also tell also of a people, and in particular the children, who are bright, intelligent and full of hope.

The exhibition is as dramatic in its presentation as the images themselves, comprising of 21 black and white photographic artworks, each measuring approx. 1.5 x 1.00 metres. Included in the exhibition are original pieces inspired by the photographic images, from the renowned artist Dia Azzawi. His images provide a vivid and colourful contrast to the imposing monochrome of the photographs taken by Aquili, Dawton and McFarlane.

The exhibition hopes to define the process in which art can bring understanding to seemingly intractable political conflict as well as to highlight the terrible long and short-term consequences of these conflicts. Proceeds from the exhibition will go to Save the Children projects in Gaza, particularly to its outstanding work with children traumatised by conflict. The photographers, Dia Azzawi and Save the Children will be in Qatar to answer questions both about the works of art and Save the Children’s projects in Gaza. Hi resolution images of all the photographs in the exhibition are available for members of the press.

A website of the exhibition can be seen at:


Exhibiting your work

– posted by Kerry

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RIC WALLIS Over Lake Eyre

– posted by Sally


Girls on Film- brought to you by ACMP.

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Brummels - Australia’s First Gallery of Photography showing at MGA

– posted by Sally


Jules Tahan photographs Black Caviar and they both live to tell the tale.

– posted by Mel

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one (is scared of photographing a horse) of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Black Caviar.”

OK I changed the lyrics but you get the picture.
And getting the picture is exactly what award winning photographer Jules Tahan was tasked with, when he was given the assignment to photograph the similarly award winning Black Caviar.

Easy yes? I mean it’s a horse, of course. The strapper brings it in. Jules fires off a few shots and off it goes to run, or roll or rear or whatever it is horses do.

But this, of course, as the song has told us ‘aint any ordinary horse. This is the horse many experts have suggested will one day be as entrenched in our folk lore as Phar Lap. He was the ‘Big Red’ - she is the ‘Big Black’ and this job could be a big break or a big nightmare depending on how big, big black’s reaction was to Jules’ presence...and his lights, his stands, his assistant, his camera, his props and his movements.

“All I could think” says Jules when I catch up with him to discuss the assignment, “is what would happen if she got a fright from the flash and bolted or worse injured herself in her desire to back away.”

Melbourne Photographer kills Black Caviar in attempt to get killer shot. Hmm, not really a headline on any photographer’s bucket list.

So how did Jules approach the shoot?

“Well I always do a heap of research before hand. I’m not really in to racing but of course I knew who Black Caviar was. I read up on horse photography and checked out some classic images that had been taken in the past. Then I formulated a rough plan in my mind.”

And the plan?

“Didn’t work” he laughs. “When I got in to the stable it looked a little different from what I had expected. Besides which Black Caviar herself had ideas about where she would stand and it wasn’t exactly in keeping with where I thought she would stand.”

A multi million dollar diva versus a photographer. Who won?

“Who do you think?” he smiles.

It’s true this horse really does never lose.


ACMP student photographer of the year.

– posted by Kerry

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