The Image Makers – Paul Batt

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 31 July 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our Image Makers seminar with Paul Batt.

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Paul Batt is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) photography departments and is currently a PhD candidate in Fine Art (Photography) at Monash University.

Paul’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas in both solo and group exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Australian Centre For Photography (ACP) and The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) as well as receiving numerous national photography prizes and awards. Batt’s work has featured in a number of national and international publications and his works is held in significant public collections such as the La Trobe University Museum of Art (LUMA) and Monash Gallery of Art (MGA).

This is a free event however numbers are strictly limited. Bookings are required and can be made online via Eventbrite.

Meet the teacher: Scott McNaughton

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Whilst undertaking the Advanced Diploma at PSC, Scott began his career as a freelance photographer in community newspapers. Having graduated from PSC in 1999, Scott decided to put his new skills to the test by working on photographic projects in New York.

Later, upon his return to Melbourne, Scott joined Fairfax Media as a photojournalist … where he still works today. He has worked through the reinvention of photography with ever evolving technology and, after over 11 years with Fairfax, continues to thrive on the pace and stimulation of the industry.

These days, Scott shoots full time for Fairfax Media and of an evening he returns to PSC to share his vast experience and skills with our part time students. Scott’s key role at PSC is delivering the part time creative camera and capture unit – the essential key to building strong technique and professional practice – along with the location lighting and people photography units. Drawing from his years of industry experience, Scott provides guidance and feedback helping students to explore their photography further, creating a dynamic portfolio of images.

We asked Scott what his favourite part of teaching was and he replied “I love working with the students on location where we go out and put into practice everything we’ve talked about in class. There’s this epiphany where it just clicks – that’s awesome … There’s also the sense of community you get when studying with like-minded people. The team I work with at Fairfax all happen to have studied at PSC, it’s like a hub of PSC graduates! It’s so true that those networks and connections you make in class carry through to the working environment.”

Scott believes photography is a craft and it needs to be taught face to face so that mastering of skills can be passed on, for it to remain a craft.

When not shooting for Fairfax or teaching at PSC, you’ll find Scott trawling the streets of Melbourne with his trusty black and white film camera in hand, looking for those decisive moments. Scott’s personal work focuses on communicating stories through a visual medium, creating a strong storyline and distinctive body of work.

He finds that “whether it’s shooting a political funding announcement or avoiding flying golf balls at an underworld funeral, everyday is as challenging as it is rewarding.”

Selection of Scott’s images below – you can see more of Scott’s photography at: scottmcnaughton.com

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Graduate Update – Amy Paton

An integral part of our students learning at PSC is developing the skills needed for real work opportunities and creating networks within the photography industry. It’s great to be able to share their stories and see them rewarded for their efforts out there in the industry!

Photojournalism graduate Amy Paton has just started working for the Warrnambool Standard and shares her experiences below.

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My name is Amy Paton, a 2015 graduate of PSC having just completed the Advanced Diploma of Photography, Photojournalism Specialisation.

I found out about the jobs at Fairfax through my Photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman and another photojournalist (who happens to also be a former graduate of PSC) who was good enough to pass on that Fairfax Regional had positions available. I immediately applied, was lucky enough to go along to an interview and got the job!

I started at the Warrnambool Standard Newspaper in June, having moved down from Melbourne and into a share house just off the main street, very close to the office. So, a tree and sea change plus a new job all together!

I’ll eventually be one of three photographers at the paper. As part of my job, I get a new iPhone 6 and a laptop for work purposes!

It’s a 0.8 of a full time position, perfect for me. I will be working four days a week, including two weekends on and then one weekend off.

Every day at 9am we have a staff meeting to bounce ideas around for that day and assign tasks. Apparently I’m welcome to contribute to that meeting, but I may just watch for the first few until I settle in.

After the meeting I go out, shoot a few different jobs, come back to the office to edit and file… then I can head home.   Sometimes I edit and file on location instead of going back to the office – the convenience of technology.

There’s a lot of editorial work, so environmental portraits, light on location and such – glad I learnt all about that at PSC! They asked me in the interview if I was okay with seeing death and other disturbing scenes, so it’s likely I’ll eventually be sent out to cover the breaking news.  

As part of my role, I also have the opportunity to write some articles to go with my photography. The Write for Publication unit we did last year as part of the Photojournalism Specialisation will come in handy!

There will be a lot of sport to cover with the Warrnambool Standard so I’m grateful for the experience I gained with my folio on Northern Blues VFL football club! [Amy’s 2014 Photojournalism folio was about a suburban VFL football club]

Future plans are to try to pitch a review of a big music festival I’m attending in a month, see if I can get a media pass and some photos I can use too!  Otherwise… watch this space!

The PSC team at the 2015 Nikon AIPP Event in Perth

The Nikon AIPPEvent2015  is an annual national highlight in the photography industry’s calendar – sponsored by Nikon and supported by a range of other key industry players, such as Kayell, Canson, CR Kennedy and many more. A wide range of award winning photographers are featured in an exciting array of presentations and workshops.

Craig’s presentation showcased his Mens Shed Photography Project. This project highlights men’s health, and has seen Craig travelling Australia photographing men in their sheds.

In recognition of the importance of his work – Craig has been made an Ambassador for the beyond blue organisation, which raises awareness and support for sufferers of anxiety and depression. beyond blue  were the chosen cause for fundraising activities for this year’s Nikon Event. Along with a number of other acclaimed Australian photographers, Craig donated photographs from his his upcoming book for the print auction which raised over $58,000 for beyond blue . 

Congratulations Craig, Nikon and the AIPP for such a fantastic few days in Perth!

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Pictured here are (left to right) Rob Anderson, Jim Davidson, Craig Wetjen, Julie Moss, Fabio Panarese and Liz Clarkson.

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The Centre for Contemporary Photography portfolio reviews

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The Centre for Contemporary Photography , Melbourne, is to host a day of professional portfolio reviews with respected photographic and art world experts.

PSC’s Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith, is one of these reviewers, alongside some of PSC’s Guest Lecturers: Sally Brownbill and Jesse Marlow.

“These experts include specially selected curators, directors, gallery owners, publishers, arts writers, artists and professionals. This is a wonderful opportunity for photographers, from entry level through to established, to gain valuable feedback and constructive critique on their portfolio of work. 

We are offering twenty-minute face-to-face reviews with three reviewers of your choice from our selection of industry experts, who will provide you with indispensable insight and advice.

It will be a great occasion to expand your network and receive refreshing feedback on your work.”

SATURDAY 11 JULY, 2015, SOFITEL, MELBOURNE, 10AM—3PM

Price: $150 NON-MEMBERS, $120 CCP MEMBERS

Bookings close: FRIDAY 3 JULY

Further details: http://www.ccp.org.au/news.php?id=268

Call for Papers

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Submissions are invited for the second symposium organised by Photography Studies College and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, on the theme of ‘Borderless Futures: Reimaging the Citizen’. The symposium will be held in Ballarat on Saturday 29 August 2015.

In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation. This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images.

Subjects may include:

  • Indigenous image-making and identity
  • migration, families, and communities
  • art as utopian model
  • citizen journalism and other new approaches to the documentary genre
  • the politics of social media and new media
  • the stateless photographer
  • photobooks as global artefacts
  • any topic concerned with the transmission of images and texts across societies, past and present

We are inviting papers and presentations of creative projects. We also intend to have a special ‘discursive’ session dedicated to discussion of papers made available online beforehand, as an alternative to the conventional symposium paper format. Proposals are welcome from creative practitioners, researchers, and postgraduate students working across all aspects of the arts, including photography, multimedia, performance, and writing.

Please send a title and an abstract of 200 words, or detailed expressions of interest for a 15–20 minute presentation, indicating your institutional affiliation or independent status, and whether you would prefer to be in a ‘discursive’ session, to symposium@psc.edu.au by 24 June.

Internship Opportunity at The Northsider

Rod Ceballos, Photo Editor of The Northsider, visited the Photojournalism majors class last week to outline a new internship program specifically aimed at photography students.

The Northsider is a print and online community newspaper serving Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs and under the program, two final-year students will be selected for six-month internships involving one or two assignments a month. The students will work closely with Rod and other members of the publication’s editorial staff, and will also be given an opportunity to develop a photo essay on a topic of their choice which will be published during their time at the paper.

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Rod Ceballos outlining details of the program with PJ Major Coordinator Bill Bachman

This is just one of the many exciting opportunities our students have to use their skills in a real world context. Check out our YouTube page to find out more about an internship students undertook with The Age.

The Images Makers – Richard White

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 26 June 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our Image Makers seminar with Richard White.

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Richard White has been described as someone who walks in the footsteps of Ansel Adams. His black and white images have a timeless and evocative quality about them. For the past 16 years Richard has produced a large-format black & white calendar on The High Country of Australia. Although primarily known for his work around this area, Richard’s career has taken him far and wide. Richard has been a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography for the past 30 years and is also a Master of Photography. In 2010 he was awarded the AIPP’s highest honour, A Fellow of the Institute.

For the past 21 years Richard has run photographic workshop in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. Richard speaks and lectures regularly at photographic conventions and art photography forums. His black & white prints are predominantly produced in the darkroom from large format negatives, a process that continues to be an ongoing passion.

This is a free event however numbers are strictly limited. Bookings are required and can be made online via Eventbrite.

Christopher Koller: Portraits In Black and White 1980 – 2015 Exhibition

Strange Neighbour
395–397 Gore St Fitzroy Vic 3065
Exhibition Opening: Friday  29 May, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 29th – June 20th 2015

Christopher Koller’s work was proudly printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at The PrintShop@PSC using our Fine Art Print services.

‘Portraits in Black & White 1980- 2015’ is a selection of works that show Christopher Koller’s varied approaches to photographing people; including reportage, staged images, narrative-based work, and intimate portraits of family and friends. This exhibition also focuses on the craft of photography as the artist uses a diversity of film camera formats: 6×6, 6×7, 35mm, and printing types.

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‘Trust’ 2008, type C print, 85 x 105cm

 

Emmanuel Santos visits PSC

Emmanuel Santos visited PSC yesterday and spoke with PIC students in the Advanced Diploma about developing a personal photographic language. He showed them how his own work had evolved from a traditional documentary approach to a more constructed one. He spoke passionately about this need to create work about a collective humanity and showed students the link between what he had done in the past and how that helped to shape what he does today.

Emmanuel reminded students to always attend to the present moment with everything we have, because we can never know to what amazing places it may take us, both visually and geographically. Thanks Emmanuel for your inspiring talk and an important reminder about the need for photographers to be passionate and confident in their unique way of seeing the world.

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