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Head On Photo Festival 2012.

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Head On Photo Festival 2012.

Head On Photo Festival Returns 4 May - 3 June 2012

Guess Who's Coming to Town?

Among our very special guests at the festival in May will be Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey (curator of Burn Magazine) for the world premiere of his latest exhibition and to run an exclusive intensive 5 day workshop. Contact for details

Head On Photo Festival is Sydney’s major innovative showcase for Australian and international photography of all genres. It is the largest event of its kind in Australia and the second largest in the world.

Watch out for the full program coming soon. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive our newsletter


Photo for Freedom

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This 2011 YGAP Photo for Freedom project is a photographic study of daily life and work around the remote Lake Volta region in Ghana. The project aim is to raise public awareness of child slavery and raise funds to contribute to anti-trafficking work. Children as young as three years old are being sold by their relatives into the world of slavery.

See the stunning and award-winning images created by Melbourne based Australian photographer, Tom Goldner. The exhibition is part of St Kilda Festival.

Proceeds raised will go directly to the communities affected.

Photo For Freedom
YGAP (Y Generation Against Poverty)
12–14 Grey St, St Kilda
3rd February – 16th February 2012
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 7pm
FREE – Open to general public


Centre for Contemporary Photography.

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Exhibition 12 December 2011– 8 February 2012

Summer Night Projection Window
Studies in Rising and Falling – Kiribati
John Howland and Anna-Maria O'Keeffe
As joint recipients of the 2009 Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residency, artists John Howland and Anna-Maria O'Keeffe travelled to the Pacific nation of Kiribati for four months to develop artworks in response to sea levels rising and climate change.

This video features footage from the interiors of fresh water wells (Te Maneba) and the setting and retrieval of eel traps (Te Uu) in the ocean. The work was produced with the assistance of local eel fishermen and permission of owners of the wells. To capture the well imagery a system of fishing line and scaffold made from local materials was assembled, allowing a waterproof camera to be lowered slowly into the wells. The observational footage shows two aspects of daily life in Kiribati, which has remained largely unchanged in the long history of subsistence living and continues in accordance with natural rhythms.

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Sidestreets and Laneways

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Melbourne Photographer Peter Casamento is one of the MAP photographers exhibiting in Sidestreets and Laneways.


Kristin Diemer- A Dingo Fence and Mallee Roots: Victorian Farming on the Fringe

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A Dingo Fence and Mallee Roots: Victorian Farming on the Fringe

A photography exhibition by Kristin Diemer 
17 January – 4 February 2012
45 Flinders Lane

Opening Tuesday Jan 17, 5-7pm

About the project:

An intimate portrait of farming across a harsh but stunning landscape…

Located in North West Victoria on the edge of Lake Hindmarsh, the McKenzies have spent their lives farming their original family homestead. As none of their children have remained on the farm, Kristin was commissioned to document the family's final years of farming, planning for their retirement and eventual move away from the area. Kristin was invited into their home and in effect became a member of their family. Together they shared some of the wettest and driest years in the farm's history. 

As featured on ABC radio Bush Telegraph (October 3)


Summer Salon at Meyer Gallery.

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Meyer Gallery & Syndicate at Danks
You are invited to our second exhibition of photographs at number 2 Danks Street Waterloo

Opening night Wednesday 7th December at 6pm

Join Mary Meyer and her Syndicate partners Rebecca Ayre-Smith,  Sandy Edwards and Michelle Perry for
a pre-Christmas drink and view a group exhibition of photographs, paintings and works on paper.

Represented by Meyer Gallery are photographers Bruce Crowther, Luke Hardy, Bob Kersey, Caroline McLean and Ray Ryan.

The work presented by the artists is new and signifies a preview of what is to come.  An opportunity for the lover of photography to be just a little bit ahead of the game.  For example, Bob Kersey has a major colour show scheduled for May 2012, his first ever appearance on gallery walls in colour.  Two of these pictures appear in Syndicate Summer Salon.

Exhibition runs from Wednesday 7th December to Saturday 17th December 2011.


CCP exhibition- National Indigenous Photo- Media Forum

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Presented by Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 February 2012
The Forum will present emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photographers and photo-media artists with the opportunity to join key photographic and photo-media industry specialists, artists and educators from across Australia.

A series of presentations and workshops will run over two and a half days that will enable Indigenous artists and photographers to further develop industry and technical knowledge, whilst networking with artists and curators from across Australia.

The Forum coincides with the City of Melbourne's Indigenous Arts Festival.

When: Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 February 2012
Where: ACMI at Federation Square, Melbourne
Registration: The Forum is free to attend for Indigenous artists. A registration fee applies for all other attendees. Registration is essential. Register via ACMI website from December 2011.

To find out more information contact CCP on 9417 1549 or visit the website


Marcus Thomson Photography Exhibition Opening.

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Press articles for The Children of Gaza 2011 exhibition.

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More press for the Children of Gaza exhibition.

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Jim McFarlane’s new exhibition update.

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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.


Jim McFarlane opens his new exhibition today in Doha.

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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:


RIC WALLIS Over Lake Eyre

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

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‘THREADS’ - Fringe Exhibition at BIFB 2011 by Melanie Faith Dove

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While I was up in Ballarat I visited Melanie's exhibition. It's beautiful work and she has sent through a couple of images to share with you.

Thanks Melanie we love your work.

Late last year my Grandmother, my last living grandparent gave me a small perishing dress she claimed was worn by her children.  I cried when I looked at it, why did it make me sad, I don’t know?

In January 2011, I took the old family photographs down from my Granny’s walls and started to copy them with my camera in order to learn about and preserve the evidence of my family’s heritage.  I soon become transfixed with the actual decay shown on the backs of the photographs and frames as much as the images themselves.  As a photographer I idolise images, it was shocking to see how differently my Grandmother treasured them.

In February 2011 my Grandmother had a stroke, I was the last family member to speak with her before the attack and the conversation was about the dress.  From her hospital bed and through slurred and scrambled sentences she asked visitors how the exhibition of the dress went.  I printed the dress image, wrote a letter on the back and took it to the hospital.  Through only one open eye she gazed upon the image whilst passing in and out of sleep.  I sat with her hand in mine gazing at her face and realised the age spots and colour of her jaundiced skin replicated that of the stained image of the dress.  The next day I returned with my camera.  It felt slightly odd to be photographing a helpless subject but I found comfort in the fact that every time I had seen Granny I had made her endlessly pose for the camera.  When I first saw those two images on the wall, the dress and Granny, I was truly moved and I felt like I had created something truthful and special.  The rest of the exhibition grew organically from that one image of the dress.

The image of my Great Grandmother and Grandfather titled ‘Lost Identity’ is one of those copied images which I made my own by photo-shopping their faces into oblivion.  Magritte-like surrealism was the aesthetic I was striving for but the underlying question I was posing was how much can we learn about people by their images? Quite ironic that I was using photography to de-stabilise the value of imagery.   I don’t know my great grandparents and photographs give me no greater insight into their characters.  Old photographs are usually repaired and cherished, I on the other hand defaced them, it felt really wrong.

‘Threads’ is a reflection on quiet conversations and intimate discoveries.

Exhibition Venue:Portico - 31 Sturt St Ballarat ph. 53 321 020

Melanie Faith Dove is a professional photographer and has worked for The Age (Fairfax) newspaper in news and editorial photography for over ten years.  Her award-winning work has been published in books and magazines and also exhibited in Australia, US, Indonesia and the UK.  She is currently one of 25 International Artists in the Charlatan Ink (US) prize to be exhibited from Sept 29 2011 in New York.

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