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
As part of this year’s Castlemaine State Festival, MAP Group photographers have taken more than 90 portraits of the town’s artists.
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.
And some behind the scenes photos…
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
CLIMARTE FESTIVAL: ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019
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.
Swell – Katrin Koenning
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.