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Starburst: Colour photography in America 1970–1980

Kevin Moore ed., Starburst: Colour photography in America 1970–1980, exh. cat. Cincinnati Art Museum, 2010, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern.

Starburst: Colour photography in America 1970–1980 is the catalogue of an exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2010. The 1970s saw a grudging acceptance of colour photography in the art world. The process was difficult because colour seemed to accentuate surfaces in images, and this superficiality gave a new—and for some unwelcome—kind of innocence to the representation of American society. Suburbia, fashion, gardens and landscapes, and material culture captivated the eye for a decade. Colouring was often not subtle. The popular taste for fuschia, orange, and aqua now seems faintly ridiculous, like the fashion for pale blue eye shadow.

Astutely, the curatorship here leavens the truly mundane with the haunting emptiness of William Eggleston, the proto-punk nude photography of Les Krims, the incipient Postmodernism of Robert Heinecken’s appropriation of advertising imagery, and the understated social observation of Mitch Epstein, Helen Levitt, and Neal Slavin. Essays by the principle author Kevin Moore and Leo Rubinfein explain these phenomena, and an essay by James Crump gives an account of what was to settle out of this tidal wave of colour, even as it was overtaken by the cooler, slicker, and more disengaged 1980s.

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PSC’s Senior Fellow Michael Coyne featured – Annenberg Space for Photography

© Michael Coyne, Rehabilitation Centre, Iran (1985)

© Michael Coyne, Rehabilitation Centre, Iran (1985)

In conjunction with the current exhibition ‘WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath’, Annenberg Space for Photography has published an in depth article focusing on Michael’s experience during his an eight year period in Iran.

This article gives insight into Michael’s journey, the background to his images and his recollections of shooting in challenging circumstances.

Michael Coyne has been a Senior Fellow at PSC since 2011. In this role he lectures and mentors students of PSC, particularly those interested in photojournalism and documentary photography.

He is based in Melbourne, Australia, and has worked on assignments and appeared in magazines such as: Newsweek, Life, Time, National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, German Geo, French Geo, Paris Match, Madame La Figaro, London Observe Magazine, London Independent Magazine, Travel Holiday, and Vogue.

His numerous awards include: American National Press Photographers Association, Overseas Press Club of America, FCC Hong Kong Human Rights Certificate, Children’s Book of the Year, The Religious Book of the Year.

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath will show at the Annenberg Space for Photography through June 2, 2013.

PSC Weekly Wrap

STUDENT: John Allengame, Second Year Full Time
ASSIGNMENT: Mixed lighting
COMMENT: The first assignment for studio is mixed lighting which is the use of two different light sources, in this case both flash and tungsten lights. There are a total of four images which we have to do for the assignment, this is just one of my images.
I decide that I would try to have an apocalyptic feel to my image, I remember that my father once told me that he had an old gas mask, I track it down to use it in my image. I wanted to have an apple in the image to have the symbolic affect of the what was and what will be. I cant wait to finish off the rest of my images for this assignment.

John Allengame

Student Focus: Adam Kemp- First Year Advanced Diploma

Name: Adam Kemp
Originally from: Phillip Island 
School: Newhaven College
Current year level at PSC: Level 1 (first year)

When did you get into photography? 
When I was 15. We were required to learn a new skill for a year 9 project. I borrowed my Dads 35mm SLR and really enjoyed playing around with it. I got a digital SLR that Christmas and was hooked from then on. 
How did you come across PSC? 
A student in the year above me at my high school, Rene Mitchell-Pitman (now a PSC final year Commercial student) told me about it, and his plans to attend. I came to the open day when I was in year 12 and the college seemed like a cool place to study.

What did you expect? 
I didn’t have too many preconceived ideas, but I like the students are all down to earth.

What have you enjoyed the most at PSC? 
I really enjoy the passion that the teachers emit. It’s contagious and I think the supportive environment that PSC maintains is the most valuable part of being a student here. 

How do you mange you time at PSC, work, friends etc? 
I took a gap year in Canada after year 12 and it has been somewhat difficult to transition back into structured student life, or structured life in general. 

What’s your dream job? 
Anything where I can travel. Perhaps a photojournalist working for VICE magazine or running my own travel blog and hopping around the world.

Where do you think you’ll be in ten years from now?
Not sure yet- I don’t like to plan that far ahead, it ruins the surprise.

What advice do you have for future students? 
Establish a solid file management structure for the mountains of photos you will take and be organised in general.

Lucie McGough talks about being first year Bachelor student at PSC

Name: Lucie McGough
Originally from: Melbourne
School: Sacred Heart College
Current year level at PSC: Tier 1, Bachelor of Photography (first year)

Image by Patrick O’Neil

When did you get into photography?
I have always been fascinated by photography. When I started traveling I realized I wanted better pictures- ones that really captured a place or told a story. I needed more creative control over my camera and the urge to keep shooting and learn more has never gone away!

How did you come across PSC?
I knew about the college through a former student and when I looked into it further it seemed like a great school to go to.

What did you expect?
To be inspired and to be exposed to new concepts, possibilities and opportunities and I certainly have been!

What have you enjoyed the most at PSC so far?
Meeting my classmates! Meeting people who have similar interests, having people to share ideas with. Also the teachers are really inspiring.

How do you mange you time at PSC, work, friends etc?
It’s not easy, but I am very organized. I try to stick to a weekly routine, so I always know what’s ahead and how much time I have for everything. PSC classes are Monday to Thursday and although some days set classes are only 3 hours, I try to make a whole day of it. I’ll stay at PSC after class researching or go out and practice shooting. I work as little as possible, only on weekends so I can keep study and work separate. I give myself Sundays off to do whatever and prepare for the week again. As for socializing- events and catch ups with friends are always coming up so I just try and fit it in with my schedule, it’s like a jigsaw!

What’s your dream job?
One that involves travel, people and photography

Where do you think you’ll be in ten years from now?
I think it’s way to early to imagine that! I’m still learning about what I’m good at and what I’m into. At the moment I really love photojournalism but who knows? Maybe in 10 years I’ll be really into something else.

What advice do you have for future students?
Realize what inspires you and collect images, movies, music and artwork that speaks to you in some way, make a journal and write down what you love. Look at lots of other photographers and think about why you like their work. And don’t be afraid to work hard and think for yourself!

Image by Lucie McGough

Commercial student Alice McMillan-Drendel shares her Australian Open experience

“At the end of last year, I came across an opening for a job at Tennis Australia through the PSC Job Register.  Having had experiences in many areas except sport, I took the challenge to apply for a photographer at the December showdowns and then a role as a photo assistant at the Australian Open.

After completing some simple assignments for Tennis Australia I got the job and started work within a week of getting the position.

It was incredible to experience both on court shooting and being behind the screen of some magnificent sport images. I knew what it was like to be behind the camera and getting the shot, but to be behind the screen and have a say in what images should get published was a tough call. I also got the chance to be on court and shoot images and if my photos were first in they had the chance of getting published. 

I learnt many skills during my role at the Australian Open, but I am grateful for the knowledge on how to deal with PR and sponsors.  Out of this fabulous event, I made some wonderful contacts from photographers to court umpires.  One contact has lead me to have a mentor for final year. He has agreed to not only help me with ideas but give me feedback and advice into the commercial world.

I would recommend anyone even a bit interested in sport or just processing images to give 2014 Australian Open a go”.

Upcoming Exhibition – “For the love of stuff”

Brunswick Street Gallery
322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC
Exhibition Opening: Friday 5 April 2013, 6pm
Exhibition Dates: 6 April – 17 May 2013

Join us this Friday night at the opening of “For the love of stuff” at the Brunswick Street Gallery. This group show will feature work by PSC student Yuan Wang, produced for his third year folio.

The image shown here is one of the prints Yuan will be exhibiting, called Self portrait (with Vegemite)
Check out more of Yuan’s work at