Minister of Training and Skills Visits PSC

PSC was absolutely delighted to host the Victorian Minister for Training and Skills the Hon Steve Herbert yesterday. The visit was organized by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, (ACPET) which planned a tour of its member institutions in the CDB area.

Minister Steve Herbert

Minister Steve Herbert was delighted to be met with such enthusiasm by the welcoming party, of students and staff. Being a former teacher himself, he was absolutely in his element when he conversed with students; taking the time to relate to them on a personal level, sharing anecdotes and asking them profound questions about forming life-long bonds with fellow classmates. The Minister immediately recognized the close-knit nature of our community, as he witnessed the beauty of an entire institution filled with like-minded individuals who create unique and meaningful projects.

PSC and Minister Steve Herbert

He was then taken around the college, starting with the Resource Hub where he was delighted to see such a large collection of photography-related publications. At the print shop, he took the time to discuss the intricacies of printing techniques and the busy schedule of students as well as clientele with Production Manager, Peter Hatzipavlis. The Minister was taken by the ‘Portrait of Ali’ hanging by the desk, noticing the talent of PSC teacher Hoda Afshar, who won the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize for this photograph.

The Minister then took a tour of the digital centre and various classrooms. He was intrigued by the discussion of future projects planned by the 2nd year students. He established a deep connection with the emotional intent behind each student’s chosen topic and definitely left the classroom feeling very inspired.

The tour finished off with a stylish photo-shoot in the PSC studio where Minister Herbert got various portrait shots taken and had fun posing with students and staff. He bid farewell, remarking that he would love to look into taking up photography after retiring from politics.

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The Image Makers – Paul Batt

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 31 July 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

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

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Image by Paul Batt: Untitled Hostel Series 1999

Paul Batt is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) photography departments and is currently a PhD candidate in Fine Art (Photography) at Monash University.

Paul’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas in both solo and group exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Australian Centre For Photography (ACP) and The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) as well as receiving numerous national photography prizes and awards. Batt’s work has featured in a number of national and international publications and his works is held in significant public collections such as the La Trobe University Museum of Art (LUMA) and Monash Gallery of Art (MGA).

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

Meet the teacher: Scott McNaughton

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Whilst undertaking the Advanced Diploma at PSC, Scott began his career as a freelance photographer in community newspapers. Having graduated from PSC in 1999, Scott decided to put his new skills to the test by working on photographic projects in New York.

Later, upon his return to Melbourne, Scott joined Fairfax Media as a photojournalist … where he still works today. He has worked through the reinvention of photography with ever evolving technology and, after over 11 years with Fairfax, continues to thrive on the pace and stimulation of the industry.

These days, Scott shoots full time for Fairfax Media and of an evening he returns to PSC to share his vast experience and skills with our part time students. Scott’s key role at PSC is delivering the part time creative camera and capture unit – the essential key to building strong technique and professional practice – along with the location lighting and people photography units. Drawing from his years of industry experience, Scott provides guidance and feedback helping students to explore their photography further, creating a dynamic portfolio of images.

We asked Scott what his favourite part of teaching was and he replied “I love working with the students on location where we go out and put into practice everything we’ve talked about in class. There’s this epiphany where it just clicks – that’s awesome … There’s also the sense of community you get when studying with like-minded people. The team I work with at Fairfax all happen to have studied at PSC, it’s like a hub of PSC graduates! It’s so true that those networks and connections you make in class carry through to the working environment.”

Scott believes photography is a craft and it needs to be taught face to face so that mastering of skills can be passed on, for it to remain a craft.

When not shooting for Fairfax or teaching at PSC, you’ll find Scott trawling the streets of Melbourne with his trusty black and white film camera in hand, looking for those decisive moments. Scott’s personal work focuses on communicating stories through a visual medium, creating a strong storyline and distinctive body of work.

He finds that “whether it’s shooting a political funding announcement or avoiding flying golf balls at an underworld funeral, everyday is as challenging as it is rewarding.”

Selection of Scott’s images below – you can see more of Scott’s photography at: scottmcnaughton.com

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Graduate Update – Amy Paton

An integral part of our students learning at PSC is developing the skills needed for real work opportunities and creating networks within the photography industry. It’s great to be able to share their stories and see them rewarded for their efforts out there in the industry!

Photojournalism graduate Amy Paton has just started working for the Warrnambool Standard and shares her experiences below.

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My name is Amy Paton, a 2015 graduate of PSC having just completed the Advanced Diploma of Photography, Photojournalism Specialisation.

I found out about the jobs at Fairfax through my Photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman and another photojournalist (who happens to also be a former graduate of PSC) who was good enough to pass on that Fairfax Regional had positions available. I immediately applied, was lucky enough to go along to an interview and got the job!

I started at the Warrnambool Standard Newspaper in June, having moved down from Melbourne and into a share house just off the main street, very close to the office. So, a tree and sea change plus a new job all together!

I’ll eventually be one of three photographers at the paper. As part of my job, I get a new iPhone 6 and a laptop for work purposes!

It’s a 0.8 of a full time position, perfect for me. I will be working four days a week, including two weekends on and then one weekend off.

Every day at 9am we have a staff meeting to bounce ideas around for that day and assign tasks. Apparently I’m welcome to contribute to that meeting, but I may just watch for the first few until I settle in.

After the meeting I go out, shoot a few different jobs, come back to the office to edit and file… then I can head home.   Sometimes I edit and file on location instead of going back to the office – the convenience of technology.

There’s a lot of editorial work, so environmental portraits, light on location and such – glad I learnt all about that at PSC! They asked me in the interview if I was okay with seeing death and other disturbing scenes, so it’s likely I’ll eventually be sent out to cover the breaking news.  

As part of my role, I also have the opportunity to write some articles to go with my photography. The Write for Publication unit we did last year as part of the Photojournalism Specialisation will come in handy!

There will be a lot of sport to cover with the Warrnambool Standard so I’m grateful for the experience I gained with my folio on Northern Blues VFL football club! [Amy’s 2014 Photojournalism folio was about a suburban VFL football club]

Future plans are to try to pitch a review of a big music festival I’m attending in a month, see if I can get a media pass and some photos I can use too!  Otherwise… watch this space!

The PSC team at the 2015 Nikon AIPP Event in Perth

The Nikon AIPPEvent2015  is an annual national highlight in the photography industry’s calendar – sponsored by Nikon and supported by a range of other key industry players, such as Kayell, Canson, CR Kennedy and many more. A wide range of award winning photographers are featured in an exciting array of presentations and workshops.

Craig’s presentation showcased his Mens Shed Photography Project. This project highlights men’s health, and has seen Craig travelling Australia photographing men in their sheds.

In recognition of the importance of his work – Craig has been made an Ambassador for the beyond blue organisation, which raises awareness and support for sufferers of anxiety and depression. beyond blue  were the chosen cause for fundraising activities for this year’s Nikon Event. Along with a number of other acclaimed Australian photographers, Craig donated photographs from his his upcoming book for the print auction which raised over $58,000 for beyond blue . 

Congratulations Craig, Nikon and the AIPP for such a fantastic few days in Perth!

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Pictured here are (left to right) Rob Anderson, Jim Davidson, Craig Wetjen, Julie Moss, Fabio Panarese and Liz Clarkson.

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