Jo Scicluna Wins Pat Corrigan AM Acquisitive Award at the CCP Salon

Thanks to Jo Scicluna, Winner of this year’s Pat Corrigan AM Acquisitive Award at the Centre for Contemporary Photography Salon, for this glowing testimonial about the process of printing her winning image Where I have always been (an Island) #4 2014, here at the Printshop@PSC.

“Peter Hatzipavlis played a vital role in the development and completion of the work, ‘Where I Have Always Been (An Island) #4′, 2014. This work consists of a sculptural collage of two different landscape images. The process of achieving a balance between integrating the two images tonally, and also emphasising the obvious difference between each image, involved a series of tests. This process displayed Peter’s sensitivity to my conceptual intentions, and allowed me to make an informed series of decisions. The print quality exceeded my expectations and the use of the cotton rag stock supported my photo-sculptural intentions. ”

Jo Scicluna


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Fresh 14 – PSC Art Major Exhibition

Yarra Sculpture Gallery
117 Vere Street

Exhibition opening: 6-9pm Friday 21 November 2014
Exhibition dates: Wednesday – Sunday 12-5pm, 22 November – 7 December 2014

Fresh 14 showcases the work of our art major students. With a diverse range of themes and ideas, this group exhibition demonstrates passion and commitment resulting in haunting, enchanting and sometimes whimsical work.
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Bachelor Graduation 2014

This week we had the graduation ceremony for our second group of Bachelor of Photography students. It was a wonderful celebration for the graduates, their families and the PSC community.

This was the second group of graduates to complete the Bachelor Pathway program and they produced a diverse body of still and moving images and research projects. Congratulations to the Bachelor of Photography class of 2014!

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Getting robed up and ready to graduate

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Academic Board Address by Dr Robin Williams

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Tracy Nicholas giving the Graduate Response

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Graduating class of 2014 with PSC teacher Mauro Risch

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PSC Senior Fellow Dr Michael Coyne with Members of the Academic Board – Dr Laura Hougaz, Dr Robin Williams, Ms Jenny Heron, & Dr Les Horvat  (Absent: Professor Belinda Probert & Professor Chris Ryan)

Student Profile – Sean McDonald

Start one of our part time photography courses in 2015 and you could be living the dream like our part time student Sean McDonald.  Sean used to work in a full time corporate job – now he has his own business specialising in music and fashion photography.

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‘The Quarters’ – Sean McDonald

Read about Sean’s journey below:

What was your first impression of PSC?

Overwhelming! Seemed to be lots of talented people and I remember thinking how little I knew about photography.

What do you like most about PSC?

I love being in an environment geared towards helping me get better at the craft of photography. I love engaging with the teachers and their experience but most of all the strong bond formed amongst peers to help drive each other. It’s a very creative passionate environment.

What is your favourite class?

I most enjoyed the studio sessions, getting hands on and learning new skills/techniques.

How different is your photography & conceptual skill now compared to the first week of the course?

Drastically different. When I first started I found my main thought process was on my camera settings and trying to figure out how to control shutter speed, ISO, and Aperture. Now that, along with framing etc comes second nature and my thought process is more on the subject matter and trying to engage with them and draw out emotion.

What has been your greatest challenge and achievement whilst studying at PSC?

Definitely juggling a demanding full time job was the greatest challenge. But if you love what your doing enough you find a way to push through. Also getting out of my comfort zone of being more of a fly on the wall type shooter to shooting weddings etc has been a challenge early on but now I feel very comfortable with that which is a good achievement.

What kind of photography work have you done during your time at PSC?

I now do a lot of corporate work including many events, product shots, portraits, images for brochures, as well as corporate videos. That is my main income now and I also do weddings, press shots for bands and music videos which are a bit more creative but pay a little less. From a personal side I’m continuing to push my portraits and editorial type work and I am always shooting live music.

What is your dream job? 

Dream job is just being able to make a comfortable living as a photographer. I enjoy working with people the most so maybe having my own studio would be great and getting to travel for work but to be honest I already feel like I’m living the dream. I was able to give up my corporate day job and do just photography and I’m actually surviving!

What advice would you give to future students?

Make the effort to learn the fundamentals in the first 2 years. Shoot, shoot, shoot, every shoot I’ve done I have learnt something new, the more you shoot the quicker you develop. Do the things you’re most afraid of and get out of your comfort zone. Take every opportunity, I have had so many experiences where I have gone out of my way to do a job that at the time I felt was a waste of time and it always leads to something great. It’s also very important to build your network should you want to go into full time photography.


Do something you really love next year! Visit our website for more information or book in for a personalised discussion and tour. As a bonus, if you enrol by 14 November you can take advantage of our early bird discounts and get $200 off your tuition.
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Photojournalism Update

Stuart Hannagan, Getty Images Vice President (Australasia) and Director of Photography (Asia Pacific) and journalist/blogger Alison Stieven-Taylor were recent visitors to the Photojournalism class.

Stuart discussed the changing face of editorial and creative (stock) photography and gave us a glimpse behind the scenes of the new breed of global photo agencies, of which Getty is the world leader. His advice:

“If you are interested in a 9-to-5 job with an hour off for lunch, this business isn’t for you. If you want photography as a way of life, there have never been so many opportunities for young photographers, so build a good portfolio and get it in front of as many people as you can. Back yourself and keep chipping away. Never give up. Eventually you’ll be given a chance, and once you get started, don’t look back.”

Alison presented an in-depth look at the constantly expanding online publishing opportunities for editorial material, including photo essays and documentary projects. Alison’s advice:

  • Look for stories in your own back yard
  • Articulate your work in words and pictures
  • Think globally – what subjects can translate across cultures?
  • Be persistent, consistent and deliver what you promise
  • Read and look at other work all the time


Stuart Hannagan, Getty Images, guest speaker in PJ class, Nov 23 2014

Getty Images Asia Pacific Director of Photography, Stuart Hannagan (3rd from left) and journalist/author/blogger Alison Stieven-Taylor (2nd from right) with PJ students Elliot Taylor, Daniel O’Neill, Melissa Davis and Amy Paton

Text and photograph by Bill Bachman.

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PSC Students visit Blue Tree Studios

Final year Advanced Diploma students visited Blue Tree Studios recently for their Establish a Career class with Elli Ioannou. PSC Graduate Steph Doran spoke about what she had been doing since graduating from PSC at the end of 2012 and gave the students a live fashion photography demonstration. The students also had the opportunity to create a lighting setup and test some of the studio equipment. Thanks Steph, Bluetree Studios & Elli!

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Student Profile – Tim Allen

How did you become interested in photography?

When I was 10 years old my dad brought home our first family desktop computer bundled with a digital camera. We quickly set up our now stone age internet connection. I stumbled across art and photography websites and began asking my dads permission to take the digital camera out of the house on my own. After gaining his trust, I haven’t turned back.

What have been some of the highlights of your PSC journey?

There are several highlights. One of them would be winning a Victorian AIPP Silver award as a Student Photographer. Also, a post card company wanting to print and distribute one of my aerial photographs to over 1500 venues around Australia. But I couldn’t forgot the biggest one: getting a full time job in the industry before I even finished my third year at PSC.

What inspires your photography? How do you stay motivated?

I seek a lot of inspiration from what the people I hold closest in my life are doing. From their hobbies and interests or even business ventures. Music, movies and reading is also very important for the development of my ideas and concepts.

Right now my main motivation is where my photography will take me. It’s all I have ever done and it’s all I really know.

What are you hoping to do after finishing?

I hope to travel for quite a while, but most importantly find work abroad in the industry. I still have a lot to see for my self and capture with my camera.

What advice would you give to people thinking about pursuing photography?

Staying organised and managing your time is critical. Also, not forgetting why you first wanted to pursuit photography.

Tim is a part time student in his third year of the Advanced Diploma of Photography. Check out more of his work on his website.




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Graduate Update – Louise Cooper

We enjoyed receiving an update from PSC Graduate Louise Cooper (Winner of PSC Graduation Award for Excellence in Photojournalism, 2010). Louise visited PSC earlier this year and spoke with the Photojournalism majors about her move to Sydney and her editorial and commercial work.

Read below to find out what Louise has been up to and to see some of her recent work:

In November last year I started a full-time photographer position at the University of Sydney. It is a newly created role and involves photography for brand and marketing – lots of photography of academics, VIPs, researchers, students, key events and marketing collateral. I also manage external suppliers (there is too much work for one internal photographer) and an image repository. It’s a great people-focused role and I am really enjoying the shooting.

I still manage to freelance out of hours and to continue shooting my own documentary projects. Some of my recent clients include The Brief (ABC), Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Swans.

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Open Day 2014 Hero Image


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Call for Entries: ACMP Student Photographer of the Year 2014


Entries are open for the ACMP Student Photographer of the Year 2014. The ACMP Student Photographer of the Year (SPY) Awards provide emerging student photographers in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region with the opportunity to gain career-building exposure within the photographic industry and wider creative community.

Categories include portraiture, commercial, fashion, advertising, documentary and architecture. Entry is open to full time and part time students in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region and close on Friday 21 November.

Visit the ACMP website for further details.

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Graduate Profile – Tom Goldner


How did your passion for photography begin?

My passion for photography began in high school.  It was the first time I stepped into  a darkroom and watched an image come to life in the developer.  It was one of the first times in my life that things made sense.

What were the highlights of your time at PSC?

I have so many fond memories at my time at PSC but some of the highlights include the friendships I developed with other students, teachers and staff. On another note it was a very special time being encouraged to explore creativity and what makes you tick.

What inspires you in your photographic practice?

For me photography is  simply a tool for pursuing what your passionate about. Im constantly finding inspiration in the people I surround myself with and  the world we live in. Anybody short of inspiration should get on a flight to a place they have never been!

What are you doing now?

I have just launched a new business – The Fox Darkroom – a black and white photographic darkroom where I will be teaching traditional process. My past experience with darkroom printing has been largely influenced by my time at PSC, we can take so many fundamental lessons in how we approach our practice from the old way of doing things. I want to preserve this important part of our history and inspire others with the magic of traditional process.

What advice would you give to current/future students?  

Keep reinventing what you do – It can be difficult to find the balance of earning a living and doing what you love.  Through my practice I have found if you continue to produce work and or projects that you feel passionately about opportunities will arise and doors will open.  When it all boils down we pursued photography because we love the art, therefore, it only makes sense that you should follow your heart in what you do. Keep at it!



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