This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Maciek Nabrdalik’s photo story for the New York Times on Poland’s smog crisis and new exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney.
Maciek Nabrdalik – Poland’s Smog Problem
In recent years China’s smog issues have been the subject of global attention, but as Polish photojournalist Maciek Nabrdalik’s photos for the New York Times show Poland’s reliance on coal is creating a toxic blanket that is choking its citizens.
John Williams & Ingeborg Tyssen
Magnet Galleries presents this dual exhibition honouring two of Australia’s renowned photographers, John Williams and Ingeborg Tyssen.
“My last 60 years on the streets: John Williams Retrospective (1933 – 2016)” and “Swimmers: Ingeborg Tyssen (1945 – 2002)” comprises selections of their black and white photography, both film and digital, and includes Williams’ multilayered images, works never seen before in Australia.
Williams and Tyssen, who were married until Tyssen’s untimely death in 2002 after an accident in Holland, had never exhibited together until now.
This exhibition is Magnet’s posthumous salute to them both, a show organised by Williams’ widow, Jean Curhoys and curator Merle Hathaway.
Magnet Galleries 640 Bourke Street, Melbourne
14 June – 7 July
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre: Interpretations from the air – The Light Collective
In this exhibition, Australia’s The Light Collective, a group of five landscape photographers capture the ethereal beauty of Lake Eyre from above.
Lake Eyre is an important part of the Aboriginal Dreamtime of the Arabana people. Located 700 kilometres north of Adelaide in the South Australian Desert, Lake Eyre is the world’s 13th largest, and Australia’s biggest, salt lake. In these images the landscape transforms into exquisite abstract art.
On show at fortyfive downstairs until 16 June
fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Exposed: Human Rights & the Environment – Glenn Lockitch
Exposed examines the role of photojournalism in shifting the consciousness of contemporary globalised society.
This exhibition spans Lockitch’s 25 year career as a photojournalist in which he has documented the ongoing human rights issues of Indigenous Australians, anti-nuclear protests against the French in Tahiti (1995), and the anti-whaling campaign of the Sea Shepherd (2009-17).
Lockitch says, ‘My motivation for photographing is for humanitarian, animal and environmental justice and to document and, hopefully, inspire people in the future to pick up the baton and continue the struggle for a more fair and sustainable world’.
Project Space Gallery 72 Oxford Street Darlinghurst
Until 14 July