Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2015

A group Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Photography students attended the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. The students took photos at the Famous for Fashion high tea event at Malvern Town Hall.

Thanks to Lucas Dawson, PSC graduate and Photography Director for VAMFF for providing the opportunity for our students to get involved.

Image by Elma Gradascevic

Image by Elma Gradascevic

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Image by Elma Gradascevic


Image by Piers Fitton


Vale Barry Thompson

Vale Barry Thompson

15.12.1944 – 2.4.2015

Unfortunately we have some very sad news. Our much loved teacher and Industry Liaison Coordinator Barry Thompson passed away just on Easter after a long illness.

He was such a loved and respected teacher here at PSC for more than 20 years – always so full of pizzaz and creative spirit!

He introduced PSC’s Industry Mentor Program and worked tirelessly to link students to the photography industry. He was passionate about assisting students to develop their careers and maintained ongoing links with our graduates and the industry.

His art and art practice was an essential part of his creative life as was his teaching and his connection with students  – it was so integral to who he was.

It’s a very sad time for all of us particularly those staff who worked so closely with Barry for so many years, and all our many students and graduates.

PSC is hosting a Memorial Service to celebrate his life. This will be held next Thursday 16 April 2015, at St John’s Southgate, 20 City Road, Southbank 3006, commencing at 11am with refreshments to follow afterwards at PSC, 65 City Road, Southbank. All welcome. At Barry’s request – wear something red.


The Image Makers – Ahmad Salman

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Friday 24 April 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

PSC students, graduates and the general public are invited to attend our Image Makers seminar with Ahmad Salman.

Ahmad Salman

Image from: ‘Tanah Yang Hilang’ (The Lost Lands) by Mamuk Ismuntoro

We are delighted to welcome Ahmad Salman, an independent photo editor and curator from Jakarta to discuss contemporary Indonesian photography. Ahmad is the founder of Buku Fotografi Indonesia (Photobook Club Indonesia), a venue for the exchange of information for photographers, publishers & Indonesian photobook enthusiasts. Buku Fotografi Indonesia is active in a number of ways through the development and promotion of photobooks – by Indonesian photographers; about Indonesia by non-Indonesian photographers; and works/academic studies on Indonesian photography. Especially for PSC Ahmad has curated a special selection of contemporary photography from Indonesia, and will be discussing the past, present and future of Indonesian photography. This is Ahmad’s first visit to Melbourne and we are very happy to be his hosts.

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

Students Learn to Communicate Without Speech

Working as a photographer often requires the use of body and sign language to help create rapport and communicate successfully. This is especially true when working with people who don’t speak the same language as us or with people with a disability. In both cases it is not sufficient to use only speech as a tool for communication.

In a workshop run by Erin Levesque from Milparinka, second year Advanced Diploma students learn what it feels like not be able to use speech to communicate. They followed this experience with exercises on how to use sign language and gesture to help overcome such communication barriers.

This workshop was part of a subject called: ‘Establish Photographer/Client Relations.’ In this subject students learn, through practice and theory, about how to successfully fulfill a brief. They do so by being paired with non-for-profit organisations in their community. This often requires students working with people with disability or people with English as their second language. There is also an emphasis on social documentary photography and the importance of empathy and communication in practicing as a social documentary photographer.


Images L-R: Flo experiencing what it feels like to try and communicate with Bianca without using speech; Erin introducing the Makaton sign cards for students to communicate with each other; the different gestures and their meaning; Erin talking about how sign language relates to photography; Harrison, Laura and Justice performing a clap as used by the deaf population; Roland (teacher) presenting his sign language sentence; Harrison presenting his sentence.

Bachelor Pathway Photobooks

This year the Pathway Program students made photobooks in their Summer Intensive subjects. Using InDesign for the layout, they accompanied their photography with poems, stories, interviews, and profiles they wrote themselves. There was considerable experimentation with the design elements of fonts, headings, and mis-en-page, as well as consideration given to bindings and covers. The aesthetic choices were as eclectic as the students’ interests are varied, ranging from classic, cloth-covered hardback to zine-like formats. It was a valuable experience in writing, self-publishing, and book production.


Bachelor Pathway teacher Jane Poynter and some of the students with their photobooks

PSC Teacher Wins Australia’s Biggest Photography Prize

PSC is delighted to announce that Bachelor of Photography teacher Hoda Afshar has won the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. From 2500 entries the judges shortlisted 44 images to be exhibited at the NPG in Canberra. The exhibition opened last Friday and will be on display until the 8th June and will then travel to galleries all over Australia.

The winning image is from a series called ‘The Smell of Narenj’ that Hoda made during a recent trip to her country of birth, Iran. The photographs in this series reflect her personal view on contemporary Iranian society—a country whose reality is often either misrepresented, or hidden behind a heavy curtain. Hoda’s photographs do not claim to expose this reality; they are merely an attempt to capture the Iran that she knows — a knowledge that has been affected by the sense of nostalgia created through the distance caused by her migration to Australia. Her work deals with the impact of Iran’s complex history in the uncertain contemporary conditions of political life in Iran.

Hoda moved to Australia in 2007 and pursued her passion for photography. In 2010 she started a Masters in Fine Art at Curtin University and expanded her research into a PhD programme. Her work investigates the discourses around contemporary social issues including globalization, imperialism and power relations, displacement and post-identity politics. Her artwork also attempts to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration.

We are very proud of Hoda, a valued member of the PSC family, this is a great achievement that situates her at the forefront of contemporary photography in Australia.

Congratulations Hoda!


‘Portrait of Ali’ by Hoda Afshar (2014) – Winner of National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

The Image Makers – Yervant Zanazanian

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Friday 27 March 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

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

Yervant Zanazanian poster

Yervant is a master craftsman, his experience and abundant knowledge of photography stems from early childhood as he watched and learnt from his father who was royal photographer to the Emperor of Ethiopia (East Africa). Yervant mastered not only capture but also darkroom techniques from a very early age and became an early pioneer in digital imaging.

Yervant’s signature style in his capture is internationally recognised and he has maintained a leading role in creating new trends within the traditional world of wedding photography for over 25 years. His work is best described as ‘Fashion meets Wedding’. Yervant is a sought after educator and presenter at photography conferences globally.

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

LOUIS PORTER makes flying visit to PSC

Last night PSC had the great pleasure of welcoming Louis Porter to talk about his work.
Louis entertained a packed audience with his candid and intelligent descriptions of his projects and working processes. Louis works across both documentary photography and the use of found images and objects – creating what he calls his ‘Small Conflict Archive’. He also spoke about his commercial work, his photobook publishing experience and the importance of collaboration as a contemporary photographer. Louis is currently based in the UK, and is only in town for a few days, so we are very grateful to him for making the time to come chat to the PSC community.

Louis’ work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK, England, Canada, Austria, China and Australia including exhibitions at the Monash Gallery of Art, Stills Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the NGV in Melbourne. His work has also been shown at several international festivals including: The Brighton Photography Biennial, The Noorderlicht Festival (NL) , Copenhagen Photography Festival and SiFest (IT). In 2012 he established his own publishing imprint ‘Twenty Shelves’, its first publication ‘The Anatomy of Business’, won the inaugural Most Beautiful Books Prize – Australia/New Zealand 2013, and his next publication ‘Conflict Resolution’ was shortlisted at the Kassel Fotobook Festival, 2013. He is a part of the Artists Book Collective (ABC).
Thanks for dropping by Louis!!!

Found out more about Louis –

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Louis Porter (left) with Daniel Boetker-Smith, BA Course Coordinator at PSC

Louis Porter 2

PSC Weekly Wrap

STUDENT: Elma Gradascevic, Final year, Part time
ASSIGNMENT: Work in progress – folio concept
COMMENT: The photo was taken at Chelsea beach, I live two doors from the beach so I consider it my backyard. it is my surrounds and my dress, I wanted a personal self portrait for myself that links with self identity.  I prefer portraits that don’t show me, but suggests it is me.  I consider myself a spiritual person and this photo embodies that for me.

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