Week One Highlights

Full time classes are underway and we have welcomed an enthusiastic group of students into the first year of our Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Photography courses.

Orientation Day

Students prepare for their upside-down portraits

Our traditional Orientation Day BBQ by the Yarra was enjoyed by students and staff and provided a great opportunity to catch up after the summer break and get to know students from different groups.

Orientation Day BBQ

Orientation Day BBQ – Images by Craig Wetjen

We finished the week with a pizza lunch and heard what inspires, repulses and interests some of our our teaching staff as they made the case for some of their favourite images by Wim Delvoye, Erwin Blemenfeld and Alfred Stieglitz. It will be great to hear from more teachers (and eat more pizza) in the coming weeks!

Check out our Facebook page for more photos from Orientation Day.

New to the Hub

Richard Woldendorp was named a “Living Treasure” in WA in 2004 and received an Order of Australia in 2012 “for service to the arts as an Australian landscape photographer.” Noted especially for his artful aerial photographs, he has 24 books and 46 one-man shows to his credit, and shows no signs of stopping at the age of 87.

Richard paid a visit to PSC toward the end of 2013 and was so impressed with what he saw that he donated copies of two of his books to The Hub. It is interesting to look at them together, as Walkabout in Australia dates back to 1977 and chronicles some of his earlier wanderings in the bush, while Out of the Blue (2013) is like a “Greatest Hits” collection of his signature aerial work. The evolution of his photographic vision and style is remarkable.

Richard Woldendorp visits PSC

Visit the website to find out more about this living legend.

Photography and words by Bill Bachman.

PSC part time student Tania Gioffre in ‘The Well-Spring’ group exhibition

Photonet Gallery
15a Railway Place Fairfield
Opening: Sunday 23 Feb, from 4-6pm
Exhibition Dates: 23 February – 15 March 2014

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

4th annual women photographers’ exhibition to celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (8 March) and to raise funds for UN WOMEN.

Showing work by 16 photographers from Victoria, interstate and overseas, this exhibition has a theme of portraits, families and memories . It references the work of early twentieth-century portrait photographers MAY AND MINNA MOORE who, in 1914 moved from photographing theatrical celebrities to taking farewell portraits of young men in khaki.

Susan Silver states, “The title THE WELL-SPRING draws together these themes of war, personal portraits, relationships.  It comes from the Laurence Binyon poem of 1914 “For The Fallen”  from his collection  “The Winnowing Fan”.  This poem includes the well-known Ode (“They shall grow not old……”) recited on Anzac and Remembrance Days:

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the night;

Image by Tania Gioffre

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive Opening

Strange Neighbour Studios
395 Gore Street

6pm Friday 21 February

Image: Li Kejun – from ‘The Good Earth’.

The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive is delighted to announce the opening of their new permanent space in Fitzroy, Melbourne! The archive will be officially opened by special guest Jesse Marlow, street photographer extraordinaire & Bowness Photo Prize winner (2012). As a extra-special treat, the opening night will feature a selection of photo books from the archive curated by Heidi Romano.

See Facebook for further details.

A Traveller’s Dream: Piranesi and Rome by Graziano Panfili

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Melbourne
233 Domain Road South Yarra
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, February 25, 6.30-9pm
Exhibition Dates: 26 February – 30 April 2014

This work was proudly printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at The PrintShop@PSC using our Fine Art Print services.

Lisa Golden, a former PSC student, has been handling the practical aspects of producing Graziano Panfili’s work here in Australia for the exhibition.

The exhibition is in association with “Rome: Piranesi’s Vision”, presented by the State Library of Victoria in partnership with the Library of University of Melbourne.

Graziano Panfili’s images provide a unique, dream-like interpretation of famous Roman locations and monuments immortalised in Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings from more than 200 years ago.

Panfili spent time studying Piranesi’s vedute or views of Rome, and exploring these places as they are now. In his search for his desired visual interpretation for the series, Graziano tried experimenting with a piece of coloured transparency in front of the lens – and so the visual identity of the work was born! The result is an almost surreal vision, with images of the Eternal City and beyond that almost seem out-of-time.

As Graziano went along, reinterpreting and photographing the views of Rome of the past, he began to wonder, “If Piranesi was alive now, what would he have etched?”. This reflection led him to broaden the series with a group of works depicting modern features of the Roman architectural landscape, which fit perfectly into his reinterpretation of Piranesi’s views, but also work as a stand-alone series.

“A Traveller’s Dream: Piranesi and Rome” was produced specially for this exhibition at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and so it is the first time this work is being shown. It is also Graziano’s first exhibition in Australia.



Graziano Panfili/OnOff Picture A Traveller’s Dream: Piranesi and Rome


PSC Student Shortlisted in the World Photography Awards

Second year student Neville Jones has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. Neville is one of seven Australians shortlisted from 140,000 entries. Well done Neville!

“Going Home’ – Neville Jones

Visit the World Photography Awards website for more information about the competition and finalists.

Two Months in Iceland

Emma McEvoy, a 2013 art major graduate, has been accepted into an artist residency program in Iceland. Emma will be spending two months in Laugarvatn, a small town in the countryside about two hours away from Reykjavik. Part of Emma’s major folio was shot in Iceland and she is excited about the opportunity to focus on her photography and explore Iceland and possibly other parts of Scandinavia.

Laugarvatn Village – Image by  Gullkistan

Congratulations Emma, we look forward to seeing your new work and hearing about your adventures!

Image by Emma McEvoy

Check out some of Emma’s award winning work from last year, watch her interview with Sarina Lirosi or visit her website.

Counting Down the Days

It has been great having our part time students get started over the past few weeks and we are counting down the days to the start of the full time semester. Welcome back to all our students, new and continuing! We hope you had a good break and are excited to see you develop your photographic practice in 2014!

If you’re looking for some creative inspiration to kick off the new year we recommend checking out some of the following exhibitions. Melbourne Now celebrates, art, culture and design and is on until the end of March at the NGV. The Edmund Pearce Gallery is another great local art space that has interesting photography exhibitions. White Night is returning to Melbourne on 22 February, providing an exciting evening on the town with light displays, art installations, live music and performances across the CBD. We also have a pop up show at Southgate at the moment featuring work form recent graduates and current students.

We post details of exhibitions or competitions right here on our blog and on Facebook so well worth ‘liking” our page if you haven’t already. All the best for a fantastic year of study, see you in class!

Special lecture from Delly Carr in 2013 – Image by Craig Wetjen