Thrilled to be named one of 20 finalists who will exhibit at Organ Vida Photography Festival in Croatia, this September. This year's jury including photographers I greatly respect and admire - Katrin Koenning, Pieter Hugo, Cristina de Middel and Dana Lixenberg - so having my Turkey project 'Resist Laughter' recognized from more than 300 applicants is incredibly rewarding. My work will feature in the projection series, meanwhile dear friends Ingvar Kenne and John Feely will exhibit as two of the top ten finalists.
Recently international photojournalism organisation #Dysturb returned to Melbourne to paste large-scale photographs in the streets, this time with a parallel exhibition at the brand new Hillvale Gallery in my neighbourhood of Brunswick, in the city’s northern suburbs.
Poetically named Where I Lay My Head, the campaign highlighted the increasing numbers of displaced persons around the world with a particular focus on how families and communities are affected.
As one of two local photographers featured in the gallery exhibition, EveryDayMigration asked me write about the experience, a task that inspired insightful conversations with fellow Australia-based photojournalists who were also part of the campaign — Barat Ali Batoor and David Maurice Smith — along with Madz Rehorek, curator of the exhibition and #Dysturb’s Asia-Pacific Manager.
Some install photos from my exhibition 'Resist Laughter' at Special Group in Sydney (May 5 - 17, 2017). Big thank you to: Heidi Romano for curation and design support. Peter Hapzipavlis at The Print Shop @ Photography Studies College, Melbourne (PSC) for your incredible printing expertise and support. The Pool Collective for your mentoring and support via The Pool Grant 2016. HeadOn Photography Festival for including the show as a feature exhibition. And all of the people who shared their story with me for this project. Looking forward to continuing later this year.
I was thrilled to be a finalist this year for the first time with the image above. Check out the essay about this year's finalists by Sarah Engledow, Curator National Portrait Gallery and judge of this year's prize. The gallery also made a lovely virtual learning experience from the show - great to see technology furthering the read of this exhibition.
That's a wrap for the very first Make It Personal workshop! We celebrated with a one-night-only exhibition at Magic Johnston Cultural Complex with family, friends and drop-ins. Congratulations to all the participants for making nine incredible documentary projects over the past two months. You totally deserve all the praise that came your way last night (and waterfalls of Aldi wine).
Big thanks to:
Raphaela Rosella & Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive / Daniel Boetker-Smith for wonderful guest talks. Heidi Romano & UNLESS YOU WILL for promoting the workshop. CPL Digital - Professional Photographic Printing Lab for prints and Rodney Dekker for photos of the exhibition.
Most importantly, thank you Morganna Magee for being the most amazingly wonderful and supportive co-teacher. We've got plans afoot to run the workshop again in 2018. Stay tuned!
I'm teaching a class at Photography Studies College this semester, co-teaching with the wonderful Bella Capezio. For the first three weeks, students have been learning about the amazing work of photojournalism paste-up crew #Dysturb and yesterday we took to streets of Collingwood to do a massive 10 paste-ups. Really love this way of showing work.
I curated the Everyday Everywhere Instagram account last week. I had a lot of fun trawling the images posted each day with #everydayeverywhere and selecting posts that spoke to me both visually and thematically while representing what Everyday Projects is all about.
"The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us. "
A few of my selections can be found below, click through to see photographer's instagram profile.
An image from Resist Laughter, a series exploring the experiences of young feminists in Turkey, has been selected amongst 50 others as a finalist in this year's National Photographic Portrait Prize. The image has been printed, framed and sent on its way to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra for final judging over the coming weeks. Winner to be announced on Friday 31 March at the opening night. Can't wait to see this image up on the wall and all the other finalists!
I'm thrilled to be running a seven-week workshop with the irrepressible Morganna Magee in February and March 2017. Over seven weeks, we'll mentor ten participants as they learn make then exhibit a new body of work that focuses on personal, intimate and emotive storytelling.
Details are below, if you're interested or want to know more, please don't hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Update (4 Jan, 2017): Two exciting developments to my original post. We're thrilled to be able to offer one person a scholarship for the workshop. We're also very happy to announce a partnership with UNLESS YOU WILL, giving our workshop participants half-priced tickets to the conference. Details below x
This workshop is about visual storytelling in intimate, personal way. We will hone skills in conceptualising, making and editing documentary narratives that evoke emotion, empathy and connection between subject and audience. What photographic story a participant wants to tell is up to them, but it must involve at least one person and must be able to be photographed within the seven-week workshop period. We’ll also look broadly at contemporary documentary photography as a genre, drawing inspiration from some of today’s most innovative storytellers.
In four workshop sessions participants will learn:
- Documentary narrative storytelling approaches
- Access, trust, ethics and relationships in making stories about people
- Editing and sequencing photographic projects for exhibition
Participant’s stories will be exhibited at the conclusion of the workshop at a one-night celebratory show. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Who’s it for?
The workshop is open for photographers at the start of their career, photography students, or advanced enthusiasts. It is suitable for photographers who want to challenge themselves to make a new body of work about a person or human-interest subject. Participants may photograph on any type of camera (DSLR, analog, mobile phone) but should be aware workshop will not cover technical skills or camera functions.
- Sunday 5 Febrary, Saturday 11 February and Saturday 25 February, 9am - 5pm
- Thursday 16 March, 5pm - 10pm (dinner provided)
- Friday 24 March, 6pm - 9pm
Workshop Only $860
Includes four workshop sessions, access to facilitators via Skype between workshops, dinner on Thursday 17 March, print of ten exhibition prints, all costs associated with exhibition evening including drinks. Payment plans are available, please email us to discuss.
Workshop + UNLESS YOU WILL conference $900
We're thrilled to partner with UNLESS YOU WILL to offer workshop participants half-priced tickets for UNLESS YOU WILL: A weekend of conversation, inspiration insights.
Over two days UNLESS YOU WILL gathers local and international photographers, book makers, thinkers, curators, publishers, and enthusiasts together for a unique event in Melbourne. Part conference and part symposium, the weekend will be a relaxed, interactive and inclusive place for reimagining our way of making and sharing photography. ----> http://www.unlessyouwill.com/
We're happy to offer one scholarship position for this workshop. If you'd like to be considered for this position, please also include in your application a few sentences telling us why. We're particularly interested to hear from female photographers, photographers from low income backgrounds, new arrivals to Australia and/or people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Magic Johnston Cultural Complex, 27A - 29A Johnston Street, Collingwood 3066
This workshop is limited to 10 people. To apply for a place, please send us the following via WeTransfer to email@example.com :
- Your name
- Contact Details
- Short Bio (100 words max)
- Short Motivation Statement outlining why you want to participate in the workshop (100 words max)
- Examples of your work. Preferably 10-15 images (lo res) from a single story or project, but a selection of your best images is also ok.
Applications close 20 January 2017.
Along with Matthew Abbot and John Feely, I've been accepted into Oculi, a collective of Australian documentary photographers with the collective vision 'to expose, exhibit and promote images of contemporary culture in Australia and the surrounding region'.
“Our new inductees represent perhaps, the single, most significant intake of photographers into the ranks of Oculi this decade. Not only have we identified some of the most promising emerging talent in the land, but have positioned ourselves for the years ahead in remaining a relevant and leading force in the contemporary photo-documentary landscape.” Dean Sewell, Oculi Founding Member.
I've always hoped Oculi would be part of my journey with photography, the collective's photographers have shaped my own work over the past six years through their vision, projects and achievements. They have absolutely set the bar high in this country for incredible poetic visual narratives and I am truly honoured to contribute to its new direction.
Read more about the announcement and get to know Matt and John's incredible work also - really impressed by these two guys and excited to work alongside them.
More about Oculi:
First, this beautifully written essay by Hanya Yanagihara for The New Yorker discusses the photographer's ability to disappear in order to document.
"…if love belongs to the poet, and fear to the novelist, then loneliness belongs to the photographer. To be a photographer is to willingly enter the world of the lonely, because it is an artistic exercise in invisibility. …the person with the camera is not hiding but receding. She is willfully removing herself from the slipstream of life; she is making herself into a constant witness, someone who lives to see the lives of others, not to be seen herself."
In a similar light, this piece by Ed Kashi for TIME was incredible to read. It's pretty rare to see someone talk about the challenges of the profession with such vulnerability.
"But most of the time I’m alone perfecting my disappearing act. The result is a deep sense of loneliness and abject uncertainty. I have been exposed to pain, suffering, violence and death, the cumulative effects of which have posited me into voids of nothingness more often than I ever could have imagined, and more often than my wife deserves to have to live with."
Four countries later, we're still mates. Amazing working alongside total bosses Chris Panzetta & Tash Tan from S1T2, sound recordist the very wonderful Pinkie Sener and cinematographer-yogi-master, Josh Flavell.
Holy shit I won the 2016 Pool Grant! Thrilled to continue working on, and exhibit, my project Resist Laughter about feminists in Turkey with a little help (funding and mentoring) from my friends (You rock Pool Collective!). THANK YOU to all the Pool team for supporting independent work by Australian photographers and THANK YOU Jess Scully for picking my application. More info here