Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 27 April 2018

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up part one of the Head On Photo Festival preview featuring works by Emma Hack, Jamey Stillings, Nancy Borowick, Sheila Zhao and Stuart Spence. (Featured image: Emma Hack).

Special feature:

Head On Photo Festival Preview – Part One

Every genre of photography is represented in this year’s expansive Head On Photo Festival in Sydney including an impressive line up of photojournalism and documentary work from some of the world’s leading practitioners. Today’s preview features an eclectic selection across genres to give you a taste of what’s on offer.

Concentrated around the inner Sydney locale of Woollahra, with the Paddington Town Hall the Festival Hub, Head On 2018 brings together hundreds of photographers from around the world in Australia’s premier photography event.

Festival director Moshe Rosenzveig says the programming of exhibitions within close proximity to each other means that festival goers will be able to see numerous shows and really immerse themselves in the festival vibe.

The opening night on Friday 4 May will again be held outdoors in Paddington where the winners of the Head On Photo Awards will be announced; there are some awesome prizes this year too from Fujifilm, Olympus and Sony. And if last year is anything to go on, it will be one hell of a celebration.

There’s also an all-day seminar POWER AND PASSION on Sunday 6 May featuring a host of local and international speakers: photojournalists and documentary photographers, photo editors, photography commentators including yours truly, fine artists, gallery owners and more. Bookings are essential. Visit the website here.

Here’s a peek at what’s on show:

Emma Hack – Geometric and Flight of Fancy

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Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, Australian multimedia artist Emma Hack creates unique works that camouflage the human form, drawing inspiration from Australian flora and fauna, as well as Oriental influences. Geometric and Flight of Fancy are two new bodies of work from this über talented Aussie.

Venue: Wagner Contemporary 2 Hampden Street Paddington

Jamey Stillings – Changing Perspectives: Renewable Energy and the Shifting Human Landscape 

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American Jamey Stillings’ aerial and ground-based photographs of global renewable energy developments show how these large-scale projects have a visual grace and majesty particularly when viewed from above.

Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens

Nancy Borowick – The Family Imprint


American Nancy Borowick’s The Family Imprint, is an extraordinary body of work that captures the journey of her parents as they underwent treatment for stage-four cancer together. It’s a story “about life and love more than cancer and death,” says Nancy, a story that is both heartbreaking and heart-warming.

Venue: Festival Hub Paddington Town Hall

Sheila Zhao – The East Was Red

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Chinese artist Sheila Zhao’s The East Was Red considers the power of political messaging by reinterpreting photographs she found from the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). She uses the colour red to highlight the political motifs in each of the photographs to explore ideas of indoctrination, propaganda and censorship.

Venue: Delmar Gallery 144 Victoria St, Ashfield

Stuart Spence – When A Man Snaps

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Australian Stuart Spence brings the sense of the absurd with his series When A Man Snaps, capturing odd and quirky moments in life that most of us don’t notice.

Venue: Head On to Paddington Installations – various shopfronts along Oxford and William Streets

See the Head On Photo Festival website for the full programme.

5-20 May, 2018 Various Venues

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