Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 1 March 2019

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the tenth edition of Chobi Mela opens in Bangladesh. In the lead up to International Women’s Day Magnet Galleries launches its annual women’s show, and Loud & Luminous get ready for this year’s event in Canberra.

Festival: Bangladesh

Chobi Mela X

(C) Walid Saddam

The theme for Chobi Mela X is Place. Curated by ASM Rezaur Rahman, Munem Wasif, Sarker Protick and Tanzim Wahab, along with guest curators, the festival features work by 44 artists from 21 countries. There are more than 30 exhibitions drawing on various forms of visual art – painting, drawing, architecture, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installations.

Festival Director, Shahidul Alam says, “Chobi Mela has and will continue to be about bringing people together and, more importantly, bringing them to Bangladesh”.  One of the primary objectives of Chobi Mela is to give lesser-known “Majority World artists (Asia, Africa, Latin America etc.)” the opportunity to show work and network with international guests.

Exhibition highlights include A Life’s Work featuring photographs by the late Rashid Talukder, one of Bangladesh’s most important photojournalists. This exhibition is billed as “a priceless visual documentation of Bangladeshi people’s history of independence”;  Archives of Persistence, a series of projects from Bangladesh Garment Sromik Samhati, the Kashmir Photo Collective, the Jag Chobi Collection and the Burj al-Shamali Collection, all which emerge from places of conflict and transition;” Issa Touma’s 9 days – From My Window in Aleppo which literally documents the unfolding civil war in Aleppo in August, 2012 from Touma’s home; Susan Meiselas’ Nicaragua in Time; Jan Banning’s Red Utopia and Mustafa Zaman’s Near-tragic Farsightedness.

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(C) Issa Touma
(C) The Travelling Archive
(C) Rashid Talukder
(C) Susan Meiselas
Chasing a White Horse
(C) Rafal Milach
(C) Umrao Singh

There is also a programme of talks that include speakers such as writer Arundhati Roy, publisher Gerhard Steidl, and pioneering Indian photographer and photojournalist Raghu Rai.

One of the unique aspects of the festival are the mobile exhibitions mounted on rickshaw vans that travel around the country bringing photography to the masses. 


Until 19 March – Chobi Mela

Exhibition: Melbourne

Songs of Innocence – Group Show

Rising Sun - Susan Henderson
Rising Sun (C) Susan Henderson

The ninth edition of the annual women photographers exhibition at Magnet Galleries draws on the theme of William Blake’s poem “Songs of Innocence and Experience” written in the early 19th century as a criticism of the Industrial Age and its ruination of childhood and innocence. 

A fundraiser for UN WOMEN, the development branch of the UN supporting women in developing countries, the exhibition features a number of artists and works spanning abstract, documentary, interpretive and conceptual genres. 

Divine Light_2019_Jacinta Maude
Divine Light 2019 Jacinta Maude
Portrait of a girl in a ghoonghat - Joice Gonzalez
Portrait of a girl in a ghoonghat – Joice Gonzalez
The Bird, a nest - Margot Sharman
The Bird, a nest – Margot Sharman
Forward to Life - Karyn Coxall-Leong
Forward to Life – Karyn Coxall-Leong











3 – 30 March

Magnet Galleries 2/640 Bourke Street Melbourne



Loud & Luminous Canberra

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(C) Ilana Rose

I had the pleasure last year of speaking at the inaugural Loud & Luminous event in Melbourne. This year the one day event to celebrate International Women’s Day and women photographers is being held in Canberra at the Australian National University School of Art and Design. The Symposium features a great line up of speakers including:

  • Juno Gemes and Dr Judith Crispin | Activism and the Female Gaze
  • Anne O’Hehir | Curator Photography National Gallery Of Australia | Acquiring Australian Female-Identifying & diverse photography within the national collection
  • Mags King: Manager Photography Sydney Morning Herald and Carly Earl: Picture Editor The Guardian | Women and Photojournalism

8 March. Follow the link to see the full programme and to book for the Symposium.

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