PSC Graduate wins Australia’s Top Emerging Advertising Photographer Award

PSC graduate Graeme Passmore has been announced as the winner in the Advertising category of Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers Awards!

The awards are run by Capture Magazine and recognise, encourage and promote talented Australian photographers in the early stages of their careers. Congratulations Graeme!

Check out Graeme’s award winning work below and read about his photography journey:

I’ve always had a creative flair. Growing up as a kid in Alice Springs I relied on my imagination for fun but I didn’t really explore photography until I was 25. I grew up drawing a lot, cartoons and landscapes and thought I would go down the path of architecture, but soon realised it’s more about numbers than creativity so I tossed it in and went travelling.

I taught myself to use the cheapest DSLR I could find to take some decent travel photos for my family. I had no idea what I was doing, it was a lot of trial and error and when I came across another keen photographer I’d pick their brains. During my travels I met some amazing photographers traveling the world for work which inspired me to start to take this photography thing seriously. A good travel friend of mine Nik Buttigieg had just started studying at PSC and talked me into moving to Melbourne to give it a crack!

Straight away I was inspired at PSC, surrounded with amazing work and meeting like minded people and I took in every bit of advice the tutors had to offer. I felt I learnt just as much off other students also, it was really interesting watching everyone improve so much over the three years. The first two years was about learning as many skills as I could and experimenting, lots of experimenting, and the third year I was really pushed to find my own style – a mixture of graphic design and photography, kind of hyper-real or cartoonish. I choose commercial photography as my major and Julie Wajs was amazing and helped me grow and be confident in the ideas I had and executing them. By the end of my time at PSC I had looked back at the work I had done at the start and couldn’t believe how much I had improved.

After graduating a lot of students are thinking what next? It’s time to get a job but how and where!? I was motivated to never work for anyone else again! So after an adventure to the Sub Continent with my lady, I applied for the NEIS program (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) and I am now the proud owner of my own photography business. I live in Byron Bay and I take on weddings all over the country. I return to Melbourne for my commercial clients every so often, from fashion look books, catalogues, corporate work and video work etc. At PSC you get to choose what photography work you do and the style but in the real world you have to do whatever work the client wants. At the start to make a living you will need to do anything and hopefully you come across a client that gives you full creativity. Now after my Capture magazine award hopefully I can really push into the advertising industry and get some work in my style! As long as I keep working hard the future looks bright!

AIPP Epson VIC State Awards Judging


VIC State awards judging is on today/tomorrow.

Judging Times

Tuesday 29th April 2014
Portrait 8.30am – Room 1&2
Family 12.00pm – Room 1
Wedding 12.00pm – Room 2
Documentary 4.00pm – Room 2

Wednesday 30th April 2014
Commercial 8.30am – Room 1
Science 8.30am – Room 2
Album 9.00pm – Room 1
Illustrative 10.00am – Room 1 & 2
Landscape 2.00pm – Room 1 & 2

Live Stream

To watch the Livestream follow the links below:

VPPY Judging Room #1
VPPY Judging Room #2

Parks Victoria Project

The Parks Victoria team visited on Monday to catch up with students progress for the first collaborative project between Parks Victoria and PSC.

In the second year of the Bachelor of Photography students work with a major external client to replicate a real-world experience. This year they have been given the task by Parks Victoria of producing original and innovative work whilst also working within the clearly defined parameters of Parks Victoria’s motto ‘Healthy Parks-Healthy People’.

The students work will be exhibited later this year at the Parks Victoria annual conference at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Second year Bachelor of Photography students with teacher Katrin Koenning and the Marketing and Communications team from Parks Victoria – Han Ling,
Jo Hopkins & Masha Prokudina.

Jo Scicluna + Vivian Cooper Smith: Point Farewell Exhibition

c3 contemporary art space
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St. Abbotsford
Exhibition Opening: 6-8pm Wednesday 30th April 2014
Exhibition Dates: 30 April – 18 May 2014

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

Point Farewell is a collaborative project by artists Jo Scicluna and Vivian Cooper Smith that is as much about a process of exchange as it is an allusion to a particular, inhabitable place.

An ongoing dialogue between the two artists reinforced a shared attitude towards the photograph as a dynamic object and to the process of ‘place-making’ in their respective practices.

PSC Weekly Wrap

STUDENT: Adam Guskich, Fourth Year Part Time
ASSIGNMENT: Thrid Year Final Folio
COMMENT: This image is titled “Obscura” from my 3rd year final Folio series “Drift” which explores notions of the impermanence of our own personal existence whilst examining the dichotomy of the conscious and unconscious mind. Obscura, literally translated to “Darkened chamber” seemed a fitting title when beginning to analyse the ideas, thoughts, emotions and beliefs that permeate our subconscious.  The work within this series prompts us to question our own impermanence. Do we recognise our continual state of evolution both physical & psychological? Ultimately removing the metaphorical blindfold that we all wear allows us the clarity not just to look, but to see.

‘Photographer provides special mementoes to help grieving families’

Photographer and PSC teacher Jane Poynter was featured in The Age on the weekend, sharing about her work at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Jane take pictures of babies who have passed away at the hospital, providing precious keepsakes for parents.

‘The creamy woollen beanie is as big as an eggshell.
If you held up three fingers it would just stretch over their tips.

Laid alongside it in a cupboard are tiny clothes, pearl-pink blankets, booties and bassinet sheets, meticulously crafted by volunteers for the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Photographer Jane Poynter selects blankets, felt dolls and a plush teddy and arranges them inside a frothy bassinet, which stands in the centre of this nondescript room deep inside the hospital. She often uses a macro lens to capture her diminutive subjects: it shows their sequin-sized nails, the wisps of their hair, the whorls of their ears.’

Visit The Age website for the full article by Miki Perkins.

Image by Jason South – The Age

Polly Stanton: Stórhrid – Exhibition

Conduit Arts
83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Exhibition Opening: 6-9pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
Exhibition Dates: 10 April – 13 April 12pm – 6pm

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

‘Stórhrid was captured in Iceland during two days of severe and unseasonable weather in late spring. I was told of the approaching storm in the evening and by the next morning it had radically changed the world around me. The scale and ferociousness of the weather brought an unnerving ambiguity to my surroundings – changing shapes, colours and light.

Boundaries felt unclear, built structures and roads disappeared and the horizon became a blanket of white that descended on the land like a heavy curtain. Being outside was an extreme effort. My hands froze in minutes, airborne ice blasted my face and eyes, standing up right was a struggle and my equipment shut down because of the cold.

My experience of the places I had come to identify with and understand geographically rapidly disintegrated as the built and natural environment I recognized withdrew from my view. Known places became zones of unknowable dimensions and scale as my connection with site fell away into an unending field of white space.’


Polly Stanton, Hvítt Sól 2014


Peter Pan with a Pentax

Thus did Michael Caton, quoting Phillip Adams, describe the star of The Rennie Ellis Show to an audience of around 300 at the Monash Gallery of Art on Saturday 5 April. The late, great Rennie Ellis (1940-2003) redefined social documentary photography in Australia over the last three decades of the 20th century, and ten years after his passing his reputation continues to deepen with the launch of this exhibition and publication of two major books – DECADE 1970-1980 and DECADENT 1980-2000 in the past six months.

Robert McFarlane speaking to a full house at the opening of “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA

Speakers at the official opening included renowned photographer and critic Robert McFarlane, legendary Sydney social chronicler/diarist William Yang, and actor Michael Caton. All commented on Ellis’ youthful effervescence and inquisitive nature. “He was always there, but was never pushy or judgmental, which was probably why he got so many extraordinary pictures,” said Caton.

Michael Caton speaking at “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA

Yang perhaps summarized it best: “Rennie was a good photographer, but more importantly was a warm human being, and it is his humanity that comes across most strongly in the photographs he produced.”

(Yang also had some interesting – indeed controversial – thoughts about the current exhibition scene, opining that the curator has in many cases become more important than the creator, reducing much of the photography seen these days on gallery walls to artistic conceit. He said the Ellis Show proved that pure documentary still has power and relevance and will never go out of fashion. Discuss!)

William Yang speaking at “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA

Ellis’ reach spanned all classes of society, and his work showed humanity at its best, worst, silliest and sexiest. He was one of a kind, and this exhibition is the culmination of a decade’s work to bring his archive more prominently into public view, and should be seen by every serious student of photography. It continues until June 3 and will then tour regionally.

Robert McFarlane, Michael Coyne, Stephen Dupont, William Yang and Manuela Furci at “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA

DECADE and DECADENT are published by Hardie Grant Books.

Visit the MGA website for further information.

Words and photos by Bill Bachman.

The Rennie Ellis Show

Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, Victoria

Exhibition Dates: 3 April to 8 June 2014

‘The Fitzroy Extrovert’ – Rennie Ellis

Photographer Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) was a key figure in Australian visual culture. Ellis is best remembered for his effervescent observations of Australian life during the 1970s–90s, including his now iconic book Life is a beach. Although invariably inflected with his own personality and wit, the thousands of social documentary photographs taken by Ellis during this period now form an important historical record.

The Rennie Ellis Show highlights some of the defining images of Australian life from the 1970S and ‘80S. This is the period of Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, Paul Keating and Bob Hawke; AC/DC and punk rock; cheap petrol and coconut oil; Hare Krishnas and Hookers and Deviant balls.

Visit the MGA website for further information.

Exhibitions Galore

Last night was a busy one for the PSC community! Teacher Hoda Afshar had the opening of her exhibition ‘Under Western Eyes’ and Second Year Bachelor Coordinator Daniel Boetker-Smith was involved in the opening of ‘As Good As Gold’.

PSC Managing Director Julie Moss with Hoda Afshar & Jim Davidson

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

PSC students Jordan Madge & Coby Baker with Jacob Raupach & teacher Daniel Boetker-Smith

‘As Good As Gold’ is an exhibition by Jacob Raupach formed from photographs out of his 2013 publication, ‘Radiata’.  Jacob was the winner of the 2013 Australian Student Photobook of the Year Competition organised by Daniel and the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. This solo show was the grand prize in the competition which will run again late in 2014.