This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up it’s all about the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney. Part one of a two part feature kicks off with my top picks for the festival’s featured exhibitions, but there are so many shows that there is sure to be something to appeal to every visual style. Next week I’ll be blogging from the opening weekend.
And tomorrow my interview with Markus Klinko, about his amazing exhibition Bowie Unseen, undoubtedly one of this year’s Head On highlights, is in the Australian Financial Review Weekend.
Head On Photo Festival – Sydney
5 – 28 May, 2017
The annual Head On Photo Festival is a week away from kicking off with another spectacular line up of exhibitions, workshops, talks and other events including a debate with photographers from around the globe, and moderated by myself, on the question “Does photojournalism facilitate or counteract ‘fake news’? Click here to register. It’s free!
Get ready to have your mind blown. This year’s Head On Photo Festival program rocks!
Exhibitions – My Picks
Juli Balla – Where the sidewalk ends
This stunning series by Hungarian-born Juli Balla features extravagant staged scenes that draw on street photography from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
Venue: Olsen Annexe
74 Queen Street
Opening May 6th at 2pm
In this series Ukrainian-born Dina Litovsky, who has lived in New York since 1991, shows us another side to the city’s meatpacking district. Transformed at night into what she calls “a microcosm of sexual politics,” this former working class district was once populated with fetish houses and gay bars.
Venue: Head On Photo Festival Pop Up QVB Forecourt, Sydney.
Maggie Steber – The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma
This is a very personal series of photographs, which Maggie Steber says “was made in the shadows of a dark side of me that, as of late, I have begun to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and private memories, all the things that are wrapped up in a human life. In The Garden there is danger and beauty in a wild jungle that grows unfettered. The photographs are a documentation of my subconscious and imagination, often posing as something entirely unrelated and recognised only by me. They are created spur of the moment. I go from the gut. I don’t want them to be perfect because reality isn’t perfect; it’s messy, and the imperfection of these spontaneous moments reflects what I’m after.”
In addition to the exhibition, Maggie, who is a multi-award winning photojournalist, photo editor and curator, is holding a workshop for a limited number of extremely fortunate photographers. If you want to “Walk on the Wild Side with Maggie Steber” there are still a few places left. Don’t miss out.