The Middle of Somewhere debut in Australia
Post Office Gallery, Arts Academy, Federation University Australia
As ever with Angkor Photo, there is a great selection of photographers from around the world. I’m delighted to have been selected alongside some wonderful photographers such as Max Pam, Liz Hingley, Alejandro Chaskielberg, Antoine Bruy, Nancy Borowick, Munem Wasif, Ronny Sen, Jean-Christophe Godot and many many others… For more details and images you can check the press catalogue here
One of my images has been accepted for the BIFB COLLECTION 2014, an annual fundraiser for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. For now, I can’t tell you what my image is, as all works are hung anonymously, and that would be letting the cat out of the bag, but all images in the show are for sale at the one price $125.
You can purchase a red dot at http://www.trybooking.com/92603 which also includes entry into the event at Gallery Eleven40, 1140 Malvern Road, Malvern, Victoria, starting at noon on Sunday August 31st. The event runs until around 4.00pm. All the details are at the website
I’m honoured to be representing Australia, exhibiting The Middle of Somewhere (including some images from Postcards from Home) at UK’s Guernsey Photography Festival 18th Sept – 18th Oct 2014. I’m humbled to be in the line-up alongside the great contemporary artists Broomberg & Chanarin as well as the legendary Magnum photographer Abbas. This year’s theme is Faith, Family & Community and will also host the excellent New York photographer Elinor Carucci as well as exciting UK photographers Liz Hingley and David Moore among others…
I’m really looking forward to attending the opening of the festival and checking out Guernsey as well as all the other photographers’ works… I’ll be giving a seminar talk and participating as a lecturer in the education program.
The image above is a finalist at this year’s Mobile Prize for Head On Photo Festival, Sydney. It’s a great looking show of which I’m proud to be a part. If you’re in Sydney you can check out the exhibition at The Depot Gallery, Dank st, Waterloo.
I took this image in Sydney last year whilst visiting the festival with my iPhone 4s. You can view more of my Instagrams here
While i was at the festival i also caught a few other photographers giving talks at the ‘Crossing Boarders’ Saturday program. Alfredo Bini‘s photographs of African economic migrants crossing the Tenere Desert (Niger) in a bid to make it to Europe made a lasting impression. I can still see in my mind the image of a large truck driving across the desert, laden with supplies and scores of hopeful migrants clinging on the roof for dear life. I asked Alfredo what happens if someone falls off? He said ‘they often get left behind… and probably die…’ Also note worthy was Nikki Denholm‘s heart wrenching project ‘Look Away‘ photographing the often tragic outcomes at a maternity hospital in Northern Somalia… Both these photographers made me think long and hard about my own freedom, so often taken for granted and of course the incredible injustice that still exists on our planet…
I always find seminars and slideshow presentations to be one of the most enriching aspects of a photo festival and i’m most honored and grateful to have been included in this year’s line up in Auckland. Thanks to Julia and the team for putting it all together and hosting us all so wonderfully.
FotoFreo kicks off this week with Divergence: Photographs from Elsewhere, a massive showcase of contemporary photography by over sixty artists based in fifteen countries. The project will transform the old Victorian Midland Railway Workshops into a panorama of images…
The other photographers i’m equally proud to be exhibiting alongside are, Sohrab Hura, Kataki Sheth and Bharat Sikka. All very interesting and inspiring photographers from India. I met Sohrab at the Delhi Photo Festival last year and i’m looking forward to seeing his slideshows and exhibition later this week. It all starts on Wednesday March 14th, 6pm and promises to be a great night with Sohrab showing multi- media projections on the outside wall of the foundry building.
And whilst i’m writing this i’m also preparing my talk and slideshows for Saturday 17th, which is going to be a day packed full with artist talks (including two Magnum legends Martin Parr and Raghu Rai), slideshows and performance… should be a good day. You can check the program here. If you’re in Perth or the south-west (or even over east!), i hope to see you there… For everyone else i’ll try to report back here soonest with some photos…