This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the new Leica Gallery opens in Melbourne with an exhibition by Magnum Photo’s Bruce Gilden. Plus entries are open for the Australia+New Zealand Photobook Awards and also Head On Photo Awards.
Bruce Gilden – Untitled
This exhibition by Bruce Gilden features pictures shot in 2011 in Melbourne where he spent nine days with Mick Gatto and his mates. For those who don’t know of Gatto, he’s considered one of the main players in Melbourne’s underworld, a larger than life character.
Gilden’s pictures capture the undercurrent of power and menace. Shot in black and white they also evoke the sense that these men are from a bygone era.
This is the first time this body of work has been exhibited. It is also Gilden’s first Australian show.
A self-taught photographer from Brooklyn, Gilden has made a name shooting subjects up close with a flash, creating gritty, stark images that have become his visual signature. Gilden says, “I’m known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get”.
The exhibition is on show at the newly opened Leica Gallery & Store in St Collins Lane, one of the swanky new arcades in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. I attended the opening last night and it is a very impressive space. In addition to the gallery, the Leica store features an area where visitors can enjoy barista-made coffee and flip through one of the many photography books on the shelves. Of course there is also the latest camera gear from this iconic brand and experts on hand, plus a professional studio complete with hair and makeup facilities.
The first Leica Gallery opened in 2006 in Tokyo. The Melbourne space is the company’s 21st and there is also a gallery in Sydney. In February the company will open its first gallery in London.
Leica is a very cool company working at the cutting edge of both technology and engagement. There will be a registration day on Sunday 9th December for the Leica Akademie where you can participate in a variety of activities around street, fashion, portrait and travel photography. Visit the website for details.
Gilden’s work is on show until 31 January, 2019
Leica Store & Gallery
Shops 11-13, Level 1, St Collins Lane, 260 Collins Street, Melbourne
ANZ Photobook Awards
The Australia + New Zealand Photobook Award is now open for entry. These awards are sponsored by Momento Pro whose owners, Geoff and Libby, have been tireless supporters of the photobook industry. The passion, time and effort they put into the awards should be celebrated and their generosity has helped numerous photographers to publish their work.
Submit your digital file by 17 December and the physical book by 17 January. There’s $13,500 in cash prizes and print credits.
Finalist books feature in a travelling exhibition and printed catalogue sent to media around the globe; great exposure! Visit the website for details.
Head On Photo Festival Awards 2019 – International Call
The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers, any nationality and any style. Importantly, the awards are judged anonymously, with works being selected on merit, not the profile of the photographer. Get your entries in now. There’s over $60,000 in prizes including $22,500 in cash and some very cool camera gear from Fujifilm including the XT-3 (my current fav) and Sony. Entries close 3 February, 2019.