March Highlights at The PrintShop @PSC

The month of March has been thrilling, with the number of exhibition openings during the busy awards season, in Melbourne. Renowned photographers (both professional and emerging) have been diligent in getting their finest works printed in the most high-ranking centre for photography printing in Melbourne. PSC’s Peter Hatzipavlis at the PrintShop gives us a snapshot of the artists who have come to us for their prints and who’ve given us their perspective on some contemporary topics in photography.

Bill Bachman – Commercial Photographer, Photojournalist and PSC Teacher

“I think the future of photography is brighter than it has ever been. Never before have there been so many opportunities to publish images across such a variety of platforms, and technology will continue to offer new, challenging and perhaps surprising opportunities to stretch the medium.”

Image by Bill Bachman

Image by Bill Bachman

Black swans, Australia

Image by Bill Bachman

“While we may currently be experiencing peak technology in terms of image capture, processing software, colour management and printing equipment, it still takes human expertise to get the best possible results out of a digital file. I recently revisited some old transparencies that had previously only been printed in a darkroom, and with Peter’s help to massage the files and match them up with the right paper, the resulting prints were by far the best I’ve ever seen of those images.”

Peter Clarke – Commercial Photographer

Peter Clarke is an established photographer with over 20 years experience in his field. Over the years, Peter has gained extensive knowledge and experience documenting the built environment, as well as natural and man-made landscapes. His collaborative approach and strong vision has seen his unique graphic style applied to a wide range of industries including architecture, construction, mining and aviation. Peter works with a diverse range of clients including architects, design practices, government bodies, listed companies and publishers (source).

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Checking out his one metre print on HahnemuhlePhoto Rag Bright White paper.

Image by Peter Clarke

Image by Peter Clarke


Katrin Koenning – Artist and PSC Teacher

“I’ve been lucky to have been working with Pete for almost three years now, and his deep understanding and knowledge of the visual, and of how to translate this into a materiality, makes him my master printer.”

Katrin Koenning

Exploring visualities of the anthropocenic, The Crossing (printed on Canson Baryta paper) is a long-form work engaged with human impact and a wounded Australian ecology.


“The future of photography is a big question that we’re all trying to navigate. All I know is that we are moving in exciting times, in which scope and processes of photographic storytelling are begging to be re-learned, re-evaluated and re-negotiated.”

Katrin’s upcoming exhibition ‘The Crossing’ will be launching at @ccp_australia (Melbourne) and (Sydney)


Aleks Danko – Artist

Aleks Danko is a prolific visual artist who worked across a range of media, such as films, books and public commissions. He has focused on creating a body of work which critically engages with the social, political and cultural landscape of Australia.

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Printing for an upcoming exhibition at Sutton Gallery in Melbourne on Canson BFK Rives Paper


Jo Scicluna – Artist

“There are many spheres of practice sitting under the umbrella of photography. Photo-based practitioners are no longer bound to the rules and debates of what the medium should be, but are now asking what it can be. We have gotten over the ‘rupture’ that the digital revolution presented and now approach this process as just one option in the image maker’s tool kit.”


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Image by Jo Scicluna for her exhibition ‘Where We Find Ourselves’ at he Max Bell Gallery, Geelong

“The future of the medium acknowledges and draws upon the multitude of processes, methods and outcomes that photography offers. This future allows for the photograph to communicate beyond the confines of the image, exploring the scope of the object of the photograph and the varied material and spatial processes and outcomes that this presents.”


March has indeed been an invigorating month for Peter @PrintShop . We look forward to seeing more distinguished photographers come by to use PSC’s stellar services and welcome you to come by to say hello!

PSC’s Industry Engagement with The Age

Many of you may be familiar with the way we create opportunities for our students as they hone their talents in their specific areas of photography. One of the most notable Industry Engagement Programs at PSC is our tie up with The Age newspaper. Specifically organised for those in the photojournalism major, the internship gives selected students a chance to work with staff photographers from The Age, as well as the experience of working ‘independently to produce a range of published work in various sections of the paper’.

Our part time students, Daniel Pockett and Adrianne Harrowfield, were chosen in 2015 as a result of their hard work and rich folios. Working over the period of December to January, Daniel and Adrianne had their work published in print and online. They immensely enjoyed the opportunity of working towards deadlines and receiving ‘valuable mentoring from established professionals at both the photographic and editorial level’.

Salona Chithiray – a PSC graduate who also studied part time and was selected for this exclusive internship with The Age in 2014, directed, filmed and edited this year’s highlights. Here’s a snapshot of the exciting experience that PSC offers:

PSC’s industry opportunities provide work experience to those who are passionate about the craft, throughout their time here. We aim to give students the real-world exposure they deserve, allowing their amazing talents to be shared with those in the field of photography. Our aim is to support our students as they carve out successful and prolific careers for themselves. For more information on our programs, visit our website.

[Source: Bill Bachman]

PSC Grad Nathan Larkin Presents ‘Cede’ at Testing Grounds

Nathan Larkin (PSC Graduate)
‘Cede’ Exhibition Opening
23rd March, 5-7pm 
Testing Grounds (1 – 23 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006) 

Image By Nathan Larkin

Image By Nathan Larkin

Nathan Larkin, PSC graduate of the Bachelor Programme (majoring in photojournalism) is exhibiting ‘Cede‘, after completing his studies. Nathan currently runs his own photography studio ‘PhyNyght’ – a collective for photographers and photojournalists and is extremely active in the Melbourne photography scene.

“Cede as a word lives in a duality of good and bad. My work is based on my time hiking around the Yarra River, from the mouth located at the Westgate to Warrandyte, where the fast water from the mountains meet the diversions and slack water of the tidal estuary. This work is an exploration of Colonial, Post Colonial, and Indigenous history along its banks and the psychogeography of the waterway.”

Image by Nathan Larkin

Image by Nathan Larkin

Reflecting on his time as a photography student, Nathan feels proud about having his exhibition in close proximity to the PSC campus, where so many friends and teachers influenced him in his work.

“My time at PSC was amazing and I learned to craft an idea and see where the potential lies in photographic storytelling. The staff and fellow students really helped me to understand and see my visual style, as well as the ways I could explore it more. PSC is full of very inspiring people and I am always amazed at the depth of feedback given. Katrin Koenning and Michael Coyne really pushed me to understand my visual language and how I wanted to tell my story.”

We’re are excited about having the chance to see Nathan’s most recent displayed. The exhibition definitely promises to be an experience where viewers will get to ask deeper questions about the history and memories connected to places around us, in Melbourne.


Profiles of Our March Image Makers Seminar 2016

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For our monthly Image Makers Seminar we have an interesting panel discussion set up for the 17th of March 6pm at our campus. Following the theme of the ‘Future of Photography’, we have a second installation to Jonathan Shaw’s ‘NewFotoScapes’ seminar that took place last month. This time five veteran photographers will be giving their views on what the medium and profession of photography will be like in the years to come. Here’s a quick guide to our wonderful guest speakers:

Bill Bachman:

Bill Bachman

Introducing the panel discussion, Bill Bachman is one of the most well-sought after photojournalism teachers at PSC. With a rich career of his own, Bill is s one of Australian Geographic’s most prolific freelance contributors, having photographed more than 25 major features between 1986 and 2010. He is the author of Off the Road Again, Animal Vegetable Mineral, Special Delivery: Aussie mailboxes & other roadside attractions, The Murray River and Local Colour. His work has been widely exhibited and is held in numerous corporate and gallery collections, and in the print collection of the National Library of Australia. Bill has photographed five Winter Olympic Games, and has extensive experience in the film and television industries as a still photographer.

Michael Rayner:
Touted as one of the most influential figures in news editorial photography to many staff members at PSC, Michael Rayner started working with renowned publications such as The Age (in 1968) and Fairfax media – leading the press photography circuit as the official photographer of the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, the Sydney Olympic Games and then the Cricket World Cup in Pakistan, India and Australia. Michael has also traveled to Northern Iraq, where he covered the story of refugees and landmine victims. He has published his work in books such as ‘Ticket to Ride’, ‘Caribbean Odyssey’ and ‘Contact Renewed: Australia versus the new South Africa’.

John Swainston:

John Swainston is currently the Director of ‘Watsonville’ is a business consulting company focused on developing skill-sets in management teams, and strategy development, as well as communication skills enhancement. The company has an extensive network reaching out to Australia, North America, Europe and Japan. He previously led Maxwell International Australia; a major photo-imaging brand that marketed and offered technical assistance for imaging equipment. John’s career in photographic equipment distribution spanned 44 years, first in the UK and the US, then in Australia, where he spent 27 years as national distributor for Nikon, and nine years for Lowepro. He has basically seen it all, from film to digital and Super 8 to hi-speed video shot on an iPhone. He was Deputy Chair of the Australian Centre for Photography from 2002-2005 and presented the Australian Press Photography Awards for 19 years. John is also a passionate photographer and is currently writing a book about Australian photographers scheduled for publication in 2016.

Emily Rayner:


Emily Rayner is the group content director of FairFax Digital. Overseeing the company’s two popular publications (The Weekly Review and Domain), Emily has over 20 years of experience in content and marketing strategies, previously working with BBC, Optus, AOL and Orange.  Well versed in digital marketing, Emily’s expertise in digital content, branding and social media strategy has been extremely important in getting the work of photographers seen by the wider public.

Keith Shipton:


Keith Shipton is the chief editor and publisher at Photo Counter the online industry publication of record for Australia and New Zealand, as well as ProCounter, for Australian professional photographers. The news portal aims to inform and educate its readership with timely, independent, and relevant local and international content that offers insights into new photographic technology, trends and industry events. A veteran of the photographic business who takes the occasional picture, in the 1980s Keith Shipton was also the editor of Australian Photography and the pro magazine that is now titledCapture. He then spent 12 years at Kodak as manager of Corporate Affairs for Australia and Asia Pacific. He now publishes PhotoCounter, the online industry publication of record for Australia and New Zealand, as well as ProCounter, for Australian professional photographers. He also contributes freelance articles on photography and photographers to a variety of publications.

Will Shipton:

Will Shipton is is an editor and journalist who specialises in the photographic industry. He is editor of ProCounter, a website and online newsletter for Australian professional photographers and aspiring pros. He is also a regular contributor to Photo Review Magazine. Will has a BA (Distinction) in journalism from Deakin University and is a keen enthusiast photographer.

We look forward to seeing our guest speakers and attendees for the event. You can be a part of our event live, by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Creating Conversations with Ying Ang : Sneak Preview of Obscura ’16

Ying Ang, teacher at PSC and the International Center of Photography (New York), has traveled extensively throughout her life. Moving between Singapore and various cities in Australia from the age of 10, the idea of packing her bags, immersing herself cultures so unfamiliar to her and having to learn new languages, doesn’t daunt her. In fact it has influenced her greatly in terms of who she is as a photographer.

Ying Ang

Most recently, she visited the charming city of Wellington to showcase her award winning photobook, ‘Gold Coast’ at Photobook New Zealand 2016. She was also invited to this festival as a keynote speaker where she talked about her photobooks and working with others to further promote the publication of this exciting movement in photography. 

“I was interested to see the diversity in story telling via the photo book medium at Photobook NZ. The new narratives that are emerging in the photo book are sophisticated and embracing of greater visual literacy that stems from the dissemination of photo imagery via the internet.”


Ying Ang presenting her talk at Photobook NZ 2016

Ying Ang presenting her talk at Photobook NZ 2016

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Ying Ang has exhibited her work in practically every corner of the world since 2005 and is a member of the MJR creative (a dynamic photography collective comprising of international creatives). With her next big assignment as lead curator of the print exhibition at the Obscura Festival of Photography (Penang, August 2016) – the most influential photography festival in Asia Pacific – she aims to create a conversation that is relatable and socially relevant. 

“The majority of photographers at Obscura are based in Asia Pacific – a region which doesn’t see a lot of physical works of people from America and Europe. There’s an opportunity to introduce a conversation to people who are largely involved with telling stories based on what they think are socially relevant issues. After setting up an initial framework of concepts, we settled on ‘Pangea’ as the theme for the print exhibition.”

With her background in documentary photography, Ying is interested in subject matter or conversations about post-colonial issues, rifts between populations of the world as a result of the ‘drawing of borders’ in history, the uneven nature of globalisation and how the separation of ideologies has impacted the world’s biggest refugee crisis since WWII. 

Image by Ying Ang from her series 'Abandon Hope'

Image by Ying Ang from her series ‘Abandon Hope’

Pangea will be an exhibition that highlights stories voiced by photographers who have focused their work on related themes. To Ying, the most important aspect of curating Pangea was to make sure that selected photographers were fluent in their particular language of photography. They had to be experts on the subject or theme they were photographing. 

PSC students, staff and guest speakers at Obscura 2015

PSC students, staff and guest speakers at Obscura 2015

PSC is largely involved in the Obscura festival, with our 2nd year students having the wonderful opportunity to participate in the event every year. Ying has noticed that students who travel to Penang immerse themselves in a variety of discussions and cultures, often bringing those elements back to their classrooms when they return to Melbourne. 

“Students have a huge experience at the Obscura festival, marking a big change in their personal creative spheres of what they understand about their practice in a larger photography world.”


Image by Myra Davidson from Penang 2015

Image by Myra Davidson from Penang 2015

Image by Sebastian Corvi from Penang 2015

Image by Sebastian Corvi from Penang 2015

Upon being asked about her life as a photographer and curator, Ying feels that as a photographer one becomes an expert of a very specific part of the world – it’s like writing a thesis on a particular subject. On the other hand, she likens the experience of being a curator to dipping into a well of knowledge and putting a larger idea together. 

Image by Ying Ang (Instagram) of her time at a photobook masterclass

Image by Ying Ang (Instagram) of her time at a photobook masterclass

Ying is looking forward to another year of attending the Obscura Festival. She feels that the festival does a great job of creating an environment of education with a focus on panel discussions and workshops. She is excited about creating a larger dialogue for issues of importance, with photography. We wish her the best of luck with curating Pangea and will post updates about PSC’s journey at the Obscura Festival. 

Daniel Boetker Smith & Ying Ang Represent PSC / AP Photobook Archive as Keynote Speakers in NZ

New Zealand is having its first photobook festival in history; ‘Photobook New Zealand 2016’. Independent and established photographers as well as publishers from Mexico to Asia will be exhibiting their collections. PSC course director, Daniel Boetker Smith and PSC teacher Ying Ang, will be the prime keynote speakers for the event, presenting their expertise in making and distributing photobooks, as well as marketing them across the world.

Daniel Boetker Smith

Daniel Boetker Smith

As many of you may already know, Daniel also acts as  the Director of Melbourne’s Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive – not-for-profit, open access archive of self-published and independent photobooks that has grown to a total of 1000 books. Daniel will be bringing over a broad collection from all parts of the Asia-Pacific region, most never seen before in NZ. He will talk specifically about the recent emergence and development of the photobook in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on a number of collectives and organisations making a mark internationally.

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Ying Ang’s own photobook ‘Gold Coast’ was the winner of the New York Photo Festival book prize and the Encontros Da Imagem book prize in 2014. Also nominated for the Prix Pictet Prize in 2015, the book will be presented at the festival. She is a prolific photographer who has had her books listed in Flak Photo, Lensculture and Magnum Photos. Also acting as the curator for the upcoming Obscura Foto Festival in Penang.

We are delighted about our students having access to such influential mentors in the industry. Daniel and Ying both have prolific careers in the field of photography and are happy to guide those at PSC when it comes to enriching their artistic abilities and careers.

PSC’s Women Photographers at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

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The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre is a haven of organisations and groups dedicated to empowering and helping women in all walks of life. From arranging emotional support to getting political and professional networks in place for supporting causes, the centre has worked on all fronts to build a stronger community of women in Melbourne. Having graduates and students exhibit their work in such an important centre is therefore a great achievement. Selected by Julie Wajs, each series reflects some aspect of womanhood, spanning over generations.

PSC teacher/curator Julie Wajs with PSC students Margaret Lim and Cassandra Tzortzoglou

PSC teacher/curator Julie Wajs with PSC students Margaret Lim and Cassandra Tzortzoglou

Patricia Saca, the venues coordinator for the centre was pleased to see the public’s reception of work that went up last week. According to her, the strength of the exhibition lies in the variety of styles in photographs that are already drawing widespread appreciation from those who pass through the corridors. Encouraging an open-policy approach to circulating fresh artwork by emerging artists, Patricia never places restrictions on the nature of work, often refusing to take down images even when the most seldom of complaints are expressed. She is proud to promote and support such spectacular talent from PSC.

QVWC venues coordinator, Patricia Saca and Margaret Lim

QVWC venues coordinator, Patricia Saca and Margaret Lim

Margaret Lim:

Margaret Lim with her Family

Margaret Lim with her Family

Margret Lim has one of the largest installations at the exhibition. Using materials and objects from Op-Shops around Melbourne, she created a series that signifies the dynamic nature of women. According to her, women reinvent themselves continuously throughout their lives and build upon their understanding and wisdom of the world and themselves, with time.

 Cassandra Tzortzoglou:

Cassandra Tzortzolgou with her work

Cassandra Tzortzolgou with her work

Cassandra Tzortzolgou on the other hand, takes us on a path that is mysterious and focused on elements of nature. Inspired by Greek mythology and tales revolving around bees and the symbolism of honey for her series Natural Phenomena, Cassandra exhibits the second part of the series with the ‘complex relationship between man and nature’.

 Elma Gradascevic:

 Elma Gradascevic with her work

Elma Gradascevic with her work

Elma Gradascevic constructed a project based on how technology can overpower or diminish the innate nature of women. She believes that ‘our natural world is largely disappearing from our daily lives, but its symbolism in cultural motifs demonstrate how integral it is to our internal and creative selves.’ She uses feathers to represent hope.

Elena D San Roman:

By Elena D San Roman

By Elena D San Roman


by Elena D San Roman


Elena D San Roman based her series ”Point of Entry’ on ‘the experience of remembering’. From her artist’s statement she expresses: ‘I’m exploring the process of recall, accessing a memory and the transformation that comes from reliving an experience of childhood trauma.No matter how much time passes, the fear and anxiety that comes from trauma is always present, it hides in the shadows, haunting you every day. Ugly images flash before your eyes when you least expect it, making you question what is real and what is not.’

Allison Rose:

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By Allison Rose

Allison Rose creates a vibrant series that ‘explores the contradictions of a readymade life from conception to birth – futuristic, convenient, mass-produced and fast.’ Each piece of artwork conveys a message about how the basic human need to create is now so ‘automated’ and often described in a language that mirrors the process of manufacturing.  Objects used in her work represent ‘a part of the cycle of creation’ and have been captured by x-ray machines.

Emma McEvoy:

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Copyrighted, Emma McEvoy

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Copyrighted, Emma McEvoy

From a section of Emma McEvoy’ artist statement, we can definitely note how she deals with metaphor in her photography language: ‘(This is) a series which embraces the hues of authenticity via femininity and nakedness, and the water’s symbolic ebb and flow, through the thought-provoking palette of photography. Each photograph attempts to surface the fear of fragility. Bare skin emerging from a body of water – canvasing a reflection of Mother Nature, and sculpting a refuge for surrender: a place where vulnerability enfolds.’

Sophie Pigram:

Photograph of Sophie Pigram taken by Cassandra Tzortzolgou

Photograph of Sophie Pigram taken by Cassandra Tzortzolgou

Aesthetically driven and inspired by the physical molecular basis of memory itself captured by The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in early 2014, Blank Spaces is an exploration into the abstract realm of memory. Through self portraiture and object the work creates a physical representation of  the physiological workings of the mind, focusing on retained and recollective thought that have been confabulated over time and its effect on the subconscious. [From Sophie Pigram’s website].

Claire Blankendaal:

Images by Claire Blankendaal

Images by Claire Blankendaal

‘The Autonomous is a series of photographs born from a conceptual idea of self and what it means to be a female artist in Australia engaging with feminist issues in 2015. Approaching my camera like I would a diary and allocating time and space to each entry, I use methods of automatism, ritual, endurance and the performative body. In these I have found my position in the discussion—freedom of choice, celebration of differences and above all personal autonomy, these are the scaffold that structure my outlook and actions. By stripping back pre-conceived notions of femininity and being conscious in my influences and environment I have found freedom. In the act of creation and immersing myself in my practice, in these moments I am completely autonomous.’

Sarah Maslan:

Sarah Maslan with her work and Elma Gradascevic

Sarah Maslan with her work and Elma Gradascevic

‘The idea that people from different parts of the world, with completely different cultures, religions and life experiences can share the same dream is fascinating. In fact, some psychologists believe that our shared dream experiences serve to connect us as a human race. We can find meaning in everything. Even the everyday shapes and symbols that repeat in nature, and our world around us, can convey a message. When we dream, the conscious reality of today disappears and all that existed beyond the bounds is brought forward so time seems to be just a notion that slowly fades, leaving the past and the present intertwined. Herein resides our true awareness.’


PSC is proud of these students who come from a range of the course we provide (Bachelor of Photography, Advanced Diploma and Part Time cohorts). It is wonderful to see such talents come together and their work to reflect something so meaningful.

We will be updating this page soon with statements from other artists of PSC who are exhibiting. It would be great for you to come by and see the exhibition during March. If you’d like to exhibit your work at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, feel free to contact them.

PSC International Women’s Day Roundtable event: What You Need To Know

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Common Ground and Photography Studies College is hosting an all women round table chaired by Common Ground contributor, Christine McFetridge.

With a line up of panelists including Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography Naomi Cass, gallerist Daine Singer, artist and Director of Strange Neighbour Linsey Gosper, photographers/artists Ponch Hawkes and Peta Clancy, and Common Ground Issue 05 artist Hoda Afshar, join us at the Photography Studies College for an evening of discussion on the underrepresentation of women in photo-media.

Here is a quick run through of our speakers:

Hoda Afshar:


Hoda Afshar (PSC teacher and the National Photographic Portrait prize winner) doesn’t often think about gender , nor allows it to play a major role in her way of thinking as she photographs or teaches.

Shifting between documentary and fine art photography, Hoda is drawn to creating art that combines both of these languages. According to her, there is a strong element of documentary in fine art photography, as the way people pose or behave in front of the camera, reveals how they wish to represent themselves to the pubic. In this light, Hoda strives to explore the notion of truth in the act of photography.

Thinking about how certain people in her life have inspired her in her work, Hoda feels good about partaking in the passion and love for art, along with her students. She loves the process of sharing this part of her life with people in her class, who are as interested in photography as she is, and who produce such eclectic styles of work.

Hoda is interested in art that acts as an agent in shaping the imagination of the public. She has a special regard for photography and artwork that tackles important issues of the time, and that finds a way of expressing new ideas to audiences.

Naomi Cass:

c1bd04b0a8d811e4b48659521800906d_content_thumbnailOne of our renowned guests today is Naomi Cass, who is a well known writer and curator currently working as the director of Centre for Contemporary Photography. She was previously the museum critic for the Herald Sun and has curated exhibitions such as ‘Fears and Scruples’, ‘MaleORDER: Addressing Menswear with Robyn Healy’ and ‘Tilia Europaea’. She also produced two programs of contemporary art and music for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, ‘Electric-Eye’ and ‘The Many Faces of Percy Grainger’.

Daine Singer:

Daine Singer is the owner of the Daine Singer Art Space in the CBD. She worked as as gallery manager at Anna Schwartz, associate curator at Experimenta Utopia Now: International Biennial of Media Art (curatorium, touring Australia 2010-2011), Dream Weavers (CAST Gallery, Hobart 2010), Draw the Line: the Architecture of Lab (National Gallery of Victoria 2009), The Nauru Elegies (DJ Spooky and Annie K Kwon, Experimenta at Blindside and Shed 4, 2010) and Big Screen Shorts (Federation Square 2010). She has also held positions including Gallery Manager at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Associate Curator at Experimenta Media Arts, and Curator at the Museum of Chinese Australian History.

Ponch Hawkes:


Ponch Hwkes is a Melbourne based photographic artist who has had work featured in the Australian National Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and served as a photographer for the Victorian Women’s Trust. With her own commercial studio in North Melbourne, she has a prolific portfolio of her own based on assignments in Cambodia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Holland, England and the USA, amongst other countries. Much of her work focuses on personal relationships, and the lives and achievements of women

Peta Clancy:


Peta Clancy’s selected solo exhibitions have been included at Performance Space, Sydney (in collaboration with Helen Pynor) (2011); Dominik Mersch Gallery (2009 & 2007), Sydney; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2007); Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, UK (2005); Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces (2001); Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Studio 12 (1997); and Centre for Contemporary Photography (1995). Clancy’s selected group exhibitions include Controversy: The Power of Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (2012) and Imagining the Everyday, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2010).

Conceptualising a Women’s Day Exhibition with Julie Wajs

Teacher and head curator at PSC, Julie Wajs takes a fresh approach to curating an exhibition for one of the most important days of the year. For our ‘Women in Photography’ focus this month, she gives us an insight into the care taken to organise ‘Our Stories… Our Vision…’ . This is a celebration of International Women’s Day with works selected by PSC’s talented pool of female photographers. These are currently being exhibited at the Queen Victoria Women’s centre.

Here are Julie’s thoughts about the event and her approach to curating the exhibition:

For International Women’s Day our exhibition at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre had to be a selection of work by our female students across different majors of the college. It’s always good to have a bit of a mix in the scheme of things stylistically, especially in such a public space that has a historical aspect to it. We were very conscious of the fact that the centre supports women in all areas of life; both politically and emotionally, and the work chosen for this had to be reflective of that. There’s always a sense of responsibility when putting any exhibition together – you definitely have to be sensitive to the space you’re in.

By Elena D San Roman

By Elena D San Roman

Selecting some of the bigger pieces of work by students and graduates, the subject matter in each series deals with personal, political and fashion-related issues in some way, mirroring the perspective of women.

Margaret Lim

By Margaret Lim

What makes this exhibition interesting is the fact that it ranges across students who study full time and part time at PSC, which means that we are looking at work produced by a cross section of different generations. It’s a great way to see how a wide age group approaches certain topics differently, or sometimes in very similar ways.

By Emma McEvoy

By Emma McEvoy

I hope those who come to the exhibition are provoked into engaging with the work and having an opinion about them. It’s important for us to get people to think about some of the aspects that these photographs are touching upon.

To be a part of the exhibition, visit the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre on 210 Lonsdale Street, on 9th March at 6pm.  You can hear more about Julie’s process of curating here

Introducing Ilana Rose and Her Exhibition at Magnet Galleries on March 3

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Ilana Rose, professional photographer and photojournalist, is starting a new chapter at PSC as a lecturer. She has worked as a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Herald in the UK, and had recently worked with World Vision as a photographer and field resource advisor. She has spent the last 4 years meeting people in war zones and extreme drought conditions, capturing ‘the unseen’  – a subject that she has revolved her life’s work around. Ilana has always felt passionate about giving people a voice through her photography, further developing her style and niche of focusing on subcultures when she worked for newspapers earlier on in her career.

Image by Ilana Rose

Image by Ilana Rose

Getting into photography in her teens, Ilana was intrigued by the idea of capturing a moment in time and holding it forever. She went on to study graphic design at university, as her parents weren’t too keen on her treading the path of photography (since they were professionals). However, after a year she knew that she had to return to her love of taking photographs. She began her studies in photography and was soon hired by a local suburban newspaper to cover a wide range of stories.

“Everyday was completely different when I started my first job as a photographer. Suburbans are a great training ground for photographers because you have to do absolutely everything.”

Ilana’s career grew, allowing her to branch out to daily national newspapers and starting a studio of her own. She worked on photographs for The Age, working on series that looked at youth culture – subject matter that major publications hardly covered. With her studio photography, she developed an arts based practice, working for art and theatre companies. Ilana has an eclectic portfolio over the years; she has learnt so many things from her various experiences and now looks forward to sharing them with her students at PSC.

Image by Ilana Rose

Image by Ilana Rose

“The idea of nurturing and encouraging emerging photographers at PSC is so exciting. I see my time here as a collaboration, where I’ll be imparting my knowledge to students and learning from them as well.”

Ilana Rose will be showcasing her work with other photographers at the Magnet Galleries with the ‘No Lilies – Women and Work’ exhibition on Thursday, March 3 (6:30pm). The exhibition will be on till April 2nd.