Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 15 March, 2019

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – there’s plenty happening in the world of photography in Melbourne and surrounds this weekend. Check out MAP Group in Castlemaine, Image Chasers exhibition in Brunswick, MGA’s CLIMARTE exhibitions and the Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria. Also, here’s the link to my review of Roger Ballen’s show – Ballenesque – part of the Adelaide Festival now showing at GAGPROJECTS in Kent Town. Ballen said it was one of the most “intelligent and thoughtful” pieces of writing on his work!

Exhibitions:  Castlemaine State Festival

Beyond The Studio – MAP Group

Painter Jenny Rodgerson (C) Krystal Seigerman

As part of this year’s Castlemaine State Festival, MAP Group photographers have taken more than 90 portraits of the town’s artists.

(C) Jaime Murcia

These large format black and white portraits have been pasted on walls in public spaces, and are included in the Open Studios program. I love this idea of showing photography in the streets, especially when the photographs resonate at a local level. On until the end of March.

Furniture Maker Hugh Makin (C) Jaime Murcia
Dancer Edna Reinhardt (C) Brian Carr
Phil Elson
Ceramicist Phil Elson (C) Jaime Murcia
Printmaker Clayton Tremlett (C) Tobias Titz
Lyn Edey - Sculptor
Sculptor Lyn Edey (C) Naomi Herzog

And some behind the scenes photos…

Mike_Reed_photographing_artist_framer_Michael_Wolfe_photo_by Maurizio_Salvati
Mike Reed photographing artist and framer Michael Wolfe                     (C) Maurizio Salvati
Chris Atkins photographing performer Team Henderson                (C) Chris Atkins

Exhibition: Melbourne

Eyes on the Market – Image Chasers


Melbourne photographic group, Image Chasers’ latest exhibition puts the spotlight on the iconic 19th Century Queen Victoria Market, the largest open market in the Southern Hemisphere taking up 17 acres (7 hectares) in the heart of Melbourne. 

Until 24 March – Brunswick Street Gallery, 2/322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 

Exhibition: Melbourne


(C) Peter Dombrovskis, Morning light on Little Horn, 1995

Two exhibitions that draw focus on the environment are on show at the Monash Gallery of Art – a collection of work by Peter Drombrovskis and Swell by Katrin Koenning

Dombrovskis: journeys into the wild

Peter Dombrovskis died in 1996. He was renowned as a wildlife photographer and his images of Tasmania’s wilderness, which have been used extensively in campaigns such as No Dams (1982) are said to have changed the way Australians think about the environment.  These photographs are truly sublime and reinforce the magic and majesty of the natural environment. I remember travelling through the Tarkine Forest in Tasmania late last year and how emotionally uplifting it was to be in nature, far from the madding crowd. How could we not want to preserve such treasures that are connected to our very being.

(C) Peter Dombrovskis, cushion plants, Mount Anne, 1984
(C) Peter Dombrovskis, Myrtle tree in rainforest at Mount Anne, 1984

Swell – Katrin Koenning

(C) Koenning, Katrin – Survival Earth approximate to Rio Tinto, 2018

In this work, which is a coalescence of documentary and contemporary photographic forms, Koenning presents a narrative designed to convey the relationship between humans and nature. Her images suggest that what we have to lose is not always easily defined, and is perhaps a question of the subconscious. 

Both on until 12 May – Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill

Book Fair: National Gallery of Victoria

This weekend is the fifth edition of the Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV, three days of talks, book launches and showcases by “some of the most creative emerging and established international and local publishers, artists and writers.”

There’s plenty for photobook lovers too. Dr. Doug Spowart, Australia’s leading expert on photobooks will moderate a discussion for the book launch of Tammy Law’s Permission To Belong: Sat 16 March, at 1–1.30pm on the Venue Terrace at NGV. Check out the program here.

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