Looking at Looking – The Photographic Gaze

National Gallery of Victoria – NGV International
180 St Kilda Road 
Melbourne VIC 3000
Exhibition Dates: 30 September to 4 March
Daily 10am – 5pm, closed Tuesdays.

The act of photographing people involves a process of observation, scrutiny and looking. At times photographers remain detached and anonymous. Other times they are complicit, directing their subjects and encouraging specific actions and poses. Sometimes the gaze is returned, and sometimes it is denied. The power of the gaze can create complex relationships between the subject, the photographer and the audience.

Thomas STRUTH Pergamon Museum 1V, Berlin 2001 type C photograph 151.5 x 226.8, Purchased Bowness Family Fund for Contemporary Photography, 2008 © 2011 Thomas Struth

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PSC first year students visit the BIFB

PSC First Year students went along to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and had the opportunity to listen to photographer Osamu James Nakagawa talk about his images and his techniques.

“The presentation from James was inspiring and I loved his use of light and his creative techniques and the initiative he takes to go to those unusual places is admirable” Emily

Osamu James Nakagawa with PSC first year students

The students found the day at the BIFB inspiring and it was a great opportunity for them to see work by many photographers…

“Brian Duffy captured the era of the 60’s, his work was very versitle and his images are still relvant today” Miranda

I liked that we were able to experience more than one gallery and see many images of different subject matter” Lauren

The images shown in the Mining Exchange were inspirations, but I liked that we could relate to the artisits themes” Ashleigh

See more students enjoying the BIFB on the PSC Facebook  and YouTubePages!

Optical Illusion – No trickery involved

YouTuber brusspup recreates MIT professor Edward H. Adelson’s incredible checker shadow illusion by using light and shadow to transform a gray square into a white square right before your very eyes!

So how does it work, exactly? The key lies in the shadow cast by the cylinder and how our brains process light. The shadow darkens the central square, but it still appears to be “light” in colour because of the contrast with its darker neighbours. Our brains are fooled by this local contrast making it difficult to perceive that the “light” square in the shadow has the same absolute shade as the “dark” square out of it.

Kirsten Dickie – ACMP Sony Projections 2011 Finalist!

Congratulations to Kirsten Dickie, PSC 2010 Commercial Graduate, for being selected as a finalist for the Sony Projections.  This is a wonderful achievement with only 15 finalists being selected from hundreds of entries nationwide.

Series are submitted from students, assistants and emerging photographers and then judged to find winners in the categories of Commercial, Documentary and Art, plus an overall winner. Kirsten’s work, along with the other 14 finalists, will be featured in a multimedia production screened at venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. She’ll be competing against 4 other finalists to take out the Commercial category.

You can browse through some of Kirsten’s work on her website: http://kirstendickie.viewbook.com/

Stay tuned to the ACMP Sony Projections 2011 site for screening dates and details of the winning entries: http://acmp.com.au/acmp-in-association-with-sony-projections-201/

Good luck Kirsten!


PSC student John Wilson participates in ‘Love and Care’ Orphanage fundraising exhibition

PSC Commercial student John Wilson has been involved with the Rokeby Studios in Collingwood, Chrissy Cauchi from Chadwick Modelling Agency and Genevieve Brannigan at Icon PR  to raise money for the ‘Love and Care’ Orphanage in India. Joining together they organised a very successful fundraising exhibition. 

A selection of the work on display for the fundraiser

PSC Graduate Teagan Glenane’s exhibition Issa’s Story – Ballarat International Foto Biennale

PSC graduate Teagan Glenane’s work ‘Issa’s Story’ will be exhibited at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from Saturday 20 August- Sunday 18 Sepetmber.

For more on Teagan visit the Graduate Profiles  http://www.psc.edu.au/graduates.html

Meet first year students at the PSC Open Day this Sunday

Come along to the PSC Open Day on Sunday 21 August 10-4 for an opportunity to meet current students and ask them about their application experience and their transition from Secondary School to PSC.

“The learning environment and the lecturers interest in each student. There’s a welcoming, almost exclusive feel to it that attracts me” Benjamin Frazer

“Getting to know everyone has made me feel really comfortable and the tutors have helped a lot in making me feel more confident…”

“I think the best advice I could give would be to make sure you have some sort of diary you check every day. Whether it is a school diary, calendar at home or on your phone; you need to have something to keep all your dates sorted for assessments. This way you never get overwhelmed and stay on top of everything, which only makes life easier” Brooke Daly

Remember to regsiter online http://www.psc.edu.au/ for Open Day for your chance to win an ACMP Australian Photography Collection Book.



Michael Coyne photojournalist, documentary photographer and Senior Fellow at PSC

Listen to a program about his work including the “Village” project on ABC Radio 774 Wednesday 17 August between 8:00pm – 8:30pm.