Tag: Photography

Entries open for this year’s Bowness Photography Prize

Entries are now open for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. This year the winner of the prize will take home $30,000 – which is $5,000 more than previous years. For the first time in the history of the prize, Monash Gallery of Art will acquire the winning entry. Established by MGA Foundation in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the prize is open to any Australian photographer – established or emerging – and all genres of photography are eligible, as long as the work has been produced in the past year. There are no thematic restrictions. The exhibition of finalists also highlights some of the most interesting work being created by Australian photographers today. In this respect, the Bowness Photography Prize has become an important annual survey of contemporary photography in Australia. Previous winners include Valerie Sparks, Joseph McGlennon, Petrina Hicks and Pat Brassington. This year’s judge panel consists of…

Photography in Focus | National Gallery Victoria

Saturday 20 May, 10am – 4.30pm, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International What photography trends are inspiring current photography practice and what can we expect to see in future? Explore key areas of photography including portraiture, performance and the role of the artist as curator in a series of talks and discussions. Program Introduction to NGV Festival of Photography Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV Eye of the Beholder: The Photographic Portrait (Session One) Dr Daniel Palmer, Associate Professor, Art Theory Program, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University David Rosetzky , artist Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV The Artist as Curator as Artist (Session Two) Dr Kyla McFarlane, Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Patrick Pound, artist Maggie Finch, Curator, Photography, NGV  Photography and the Question of Making Visible…

Book Launch | Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing – Daniel Palmer | NGV

Saturday 18 March, 1.30PM NGV International Melbourne Art Book Fair Discussion Space Part of Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017 FREE ENTRY. No booking required. Website. Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing offers a fresh perspective on existing debates in art photography and on the act of photography in general. Offering new arguments about photographic practice and collaboration, Palmer’s work is an invaluable contribution to the history of photography and contemporary art writing. Published by Bloomsbury. SpeakersDaniel Palmer Daniel Palmer is Associate Dean of Graduate Research and Associate Professor in the Art History & Theory Program at MADA (Monash Art, Design & Architecture). His books include The Culture of Photography in Public Space (Intellect 2015), edited with Anne Marsh and Melissa Miles, and Twelve Australian Photo Artists (Piper Press, 2009), co-authored with Blair French. Charles Green Charles Green is Professor of…

CCP Lectures | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography

Thursday 2 March, 6pm | Centre for Contemporary Photography Gold-coin doantion, no bookings required. CCP’s Echo Chamber represents a series of occasional, ongoing public programs showcasing current emerging research in all areas of photography, including historical research, technology, communications and contemporary discussion. Chair | MICHELLE MOUNTAIN | Program Manager, Centre for Contemporary Photography Speakers Kate Golding | The camera obscura: past, present, future A precursor to photography as we know it today, the camera obscura is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon. Through her research, Golding has examined historical and contemporary applications of this “darkened chamber” from astronomical observation, seaside recreation, scientific and military uses through to art making. This research has extended to experimentations with the creation of several camera obscura both fixed and portable. However, the camera obscura is more than just a photographic apparatus or mechanical device, it…

Symposium | Agency and aesthetics: A symposium on the expanded field of photography | Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

With more photographs circulating than ever before, what do photographers want their images to do? How are artists retaining agency amongst the changing ontology of photography and its conventions and technologies? Does photography either in an art gallery or online still offer a democratic potential in its ability to alter or resist existing positions? As part of considering the shifting politics and aesthetics of photography the event is an opportunity to consider the current nature of subjectivity in image worlds. If the selfie is the “the first format of the new global majority” as Niholas Mirzoeff has stated, how has it continued to be an argument about who a person is and what they stand for? Where is the self situated in the convergence of images and multiple public personae online? This day-long symposium invites artists, writers, critics, academics and…

Symposium | Walker Evans: Reading the Magazine Work | CCP

Walker Evans: Reading the Magazine Work unpacks the inventor of documentary style photography, offering three new readings of this crucial figure and a lively discussion with visiting British photography historian and curator David Campany. Presented on the occasion of the exhibitions, Walker Evans The Magazine Work curated by David Campany and The Documentary Take curated by Naomi Cass. Presented by Deakin Motion Lab Centre for Creative Arts Research, Deakin University and MADA, Monash University, as part of the 2016 Melbourne Festival. Date: Friday 7 October, 2pm—6pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Gold coin donation, bookings essential Keynote speaker: David Campany, University of Westminster, London Papers by: Patrick Pound, Deakin University, Melbourne and Donna West Brett, University of Sydney, Sydney Followed by a Panel discussion moderated by Daniel Palmer, Monash University, Melbourne. Website: http://www.ccp.org.au/news.php?id=301 David…

Symposium | Hidden Traces of Shared History: Rethinking Asia Pacific through 19th and early 20th century photographs | University of Melbourne

Hidden Traces of Shared History: Rethinking Asia Pacific through 19th and early 20th century photographs | Academic Symposium 29 August 2016, 9:30am-4:30pm, Japanese Room, MSD Building Register here for the Symposium and Keynote attendance Keynote Address: Professor Geoffrey Batchen, Victoria University of Wellington 29 August 2016, 5:30-7:00pm, Singapore Theatre, MSD Building Register here for the Keynote Address attendance only This symposium brings together leading researchers who are working on 19th and early 20th century collections of Asia Pacific photographs. Alongside a broader consideration of the significance of the history of photography in the region, explorations of visual and built traces of identity formations, globalised trading and agricultural industrialisation, and the envisioning of modernity and nationalism during the late colonial era will be highlighted. The projects featured in the symposium demonstrate different modes of archival research and interpretation methods and a spectrum…

Podcast | PHOTOGRAPHY.ONTOLOGY

The Photography.Ontology Symposium held earlier this year in Sydney has made the keynote talks available as podcasts. Download or listen via this link http://www.photographiccultures.com/podcasts/ Professor Shawn Michelle Smith Looking Forward and Looking Back: Rashid Johnson and Frederick Douglass on Photography This talk was a key note address for the 2016 Photography.Ontology symposium that took place at the University of Sydney on 2 June 2016. Professor Smith considers Frederick Douglass’s propositions about the social power of photography. Looking back at Douglass’s lecture “Pictures and Progress” through the lens of contemporary artist Rashid Johnson’s homage to the nineteenth-century orator, the talk examines Douglass’s surprising celebration of photography as an objectifying medium. Douglass saw the persistence of photographs as both a conserving and a conservative force, and Johnson’s self-portrait after Douglass testifies to that doubled dynamic. But Douglass also found progressive power in the…

Forum | Max and Olive | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Olive Cotton Max after surfing 1937 gelatin silver photograph 38 x 30 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in twentieth century Australian photography. Champions of modernism, they were an important and influential part of a generation of Australian photographers during the 1930s and ‘40s, engaged in international debates on the role of photography in modern Australian life. Through their images they explored the ways that form, technology and the properties of photography come together. Working separately, but often alongside each other they created a sense of a ‘contemporary Australian photography’ for the first time. Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain is the first exhibition to bring together Dupain and Cotton’s work in a comprehensive way. Join us for an illuminating forum discussing these two luminaries of Australian photography. Speakers Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, National Gallery of Victoria and author of Body Culture: Max…

Public Program | The Social Contract: Photography, Theory, Practice and Emotions | CCP

A collaboration between Centre for Contemporary Photography and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Short presentations and a panel discussion by Dr Spencer Jackson, Dr Joseph Browning, Dr Fran Edmonds, Associate Professor Anne Maxwell, Dr Angus Frith will explore social contract theory through the lens of photography, philosophy, law and music. To be chaired by CCP Curator, Pippa Milne. This event is affiliated with the exhibition CCP Declares: On The Social Contract, curated by Pippa Milne. CCP Declares: On the Social Contract draws together emerging and mid-career artists working at the forefront of Australian photography and video in its expanded field. The subtitle to this second iteration of CCP Declares acknowledges that these works examine or extend the idea of social contract theory; the idea that moral and political obligations and rights are bound upon an intrinsic agreement amongst the various…

Exhibition | Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 31 May 2016 to Sunday 24 Jul 2016 A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in Australian visual culture. They shared a long and close personal and professional relationship. This exhibition looks at their work made between 1934 and 1945, the period of their professional association; this was an exciting period of experimentation and growth in Australian photography, and Cotton and Dupain were at the centre of these developments. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of these two photographers as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice. The exhibition includes 71 photographs from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and focuses on the key period in each of their careers, when they made many of their most memorable images. Keenly aware of international…

Exhibitions | CCP Declares: On the Social Contract – Gordon Bennett: Moving Images, Part One | CCP

Exhibition Dates: 27th May 2016 to 10th July 2016. Opening: 26th May 6-8pm. GALLERY 1 | CCP DECLARES: ON THE SOCIAL CONTRACT Artists: Mohini Chandra, Miriam Charlie, Cherine Fahd, Katrin Koenning, Pilar Mata Dupont, Tom Nicholson and Elvis Richardson Curated by Pippa Milne CCP Declares: On the Social Contract draws together emerging and mid-career artists working at the forefront of Australian photography and video in its expanded field. The subtitle to this second iteration of CCP Declares acknowledges that these works examine or extend the idea of social contract theory; the idea that moral and political obligations and rights are bound upon an intrinsic agreement amongst the various constituents of a society. GALLERY 4 | GORDON BENNETT AND JOHN CITIZEN – GORDON BENNETT: MOVING IMAGES, PART ONE Curated by Helen Hughes and Chiara Scafidi This two-part exhibition explores the role of moving-image…

Symposium | Photography.Ontology.Symposium | University of Sydney, June 2016

Based at the University of Sydney the Photographic Cultures Research Group partners with the Art and the Document Research Cluster at Sydney College of the Arts to profile research into the photographic. The Photography.Ontology.Symposium takes place on 2 and 3 June 2016 at the University of Sydney. Photography.Ontology.Symposium. engages in critical debate with international scholars and specialists on the photographic medium. It will explore the relationship between photography’s ontology, the camera as a human perceptual apparatus and the unconscious through themes of evidence, the archive, photographic practice and theory. Dates: 2-3 June 2016 Venue: University of Sydney Keynotes: Shawn Michelle Smith and Andrés Zervigón Plenary Address: Melissa Miles Speakers: Katherine Biber, Donna West Brett, Helen Grace, John di Stefano, Danie Mellor and Toni Ross. For more information and to register visit the website: http://www.photographiccultures.com/symposium-1/#symposium2016 The Symposium is co-presented by Sydney Ideas, The…

Exhibitions | Andrew Browne – shadow sites – Steve Carr | CCP

New exhibitions opening tonight at CCP, Thursday 31 March 6—8pm. Exhibition Dates 1 April 2016 until 22 May 2016, CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy. GALLERY ONE Andrew Browne | Suddenly Slowly The installation Suddenly Slowly juxtaposes photographic notations, studies, unique images and series – virtually the artist’s taxonomy – to describe a greater landscape, abstracted and estranged from reality. Drawn from photographic imagery created over more than two decades this immersive field is derived from multiple disparate and happenchance encounters with the observed world. The images – to paraphrase Marc Auge – act as a brake on the fade of memories (and the descent into oblivion). But they also inevitably distort reality through sensibility, the privileging of particular moments and manipulation of formal devices including blurring, cropping and scaling. Colliding elements from varied peripheral sites and from across time, the work describes a…

News | Horsham Regional Art Gallery to re-open after redevelopment

Images from Horsham Regional Art Gallery's collection

The redeveloped Horsham Regional Art Gallery will reopen this weekend, as part of the new visual and performing arts hub located at the Horsham Town Hall. A $20 million construction project was undertaken in 2014 to create a new arts and performance hub for Horsham, co-locating the city’s visual and performing arts venues. The official opening of the Horsham Town Hall will take place in mid-February, the new Horsham Regional Art Gallery will open on Saturday 30 January. The special retrospective exhibition Smiling when I wake will celebrate the best of the gallery’s photography collection. It includes work from Australian artists Tracey Moffatt, Max Dupain and Carol Jerrems. At the same time the gallery will open an exhibition of works by local artist Mack Jost and a collection showcasing artistic visions of the Wimmera Mallee region called The pulse of…