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On Wednesday 31 August 2016 at the national Nikon Australian Professional Photography Awards held in Melbourne, Photography Studies College (Melbourne) took out for the 6th consecutive year the prestigious national award for excellence in photographic education the 2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Australian (AIPP) Australian Tertiary Photography Institution of the Year.
These major industry awards are held annually, acknowledging excellence and outstanding achievement in photography and bring together professionals, institutions and students Australia wide to compete on the national stage. PSC students’ excellence was clearly on display with their absolutely outstanding work achieving gold distinction, silver distinctions and silver awards!
To add to the award excitement in a further brilliant achievement PSC’s final yearBachelor of Photography Student Tayla Nuss-Soeharto took out the prestigious 2016 AIPP Australian Photography Student of the Year. Tayla was delighted with her award and thanked her talented teachers for encouraging and supporting her to always do her best, allowing her to find her creative voice and produce her award winning series ‘pop, crack, bang’.
In a further outstanding success on the night Julie Moss PSC’s Managing Director was acknowledged for her over 30 years of high achievements, contribution and exemplary service in photography and photography education receiving the prestigious AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award. This is an exceptionally important and prestigious honour for an exceptional educator.
“The college is an amazing institution made up of wonderful staff and amazing students. This is a wonderful industry and the AIPP is a wonderful institute so full of passionate, creative people. Its awards system sets standards for professionals and students to aspire to. It’s been a privilege to be a part of it for so long – being able to contribute to the education of photographers through the college has enabled me to give expression three things I’m passionate about: photography, education and community.” – Julie Moss
These awards follow closely PSC’s stunning results as the highest scoring institution for Creative Arts in Australia in the recent Student Experience Survey (SES). This survey was undertaken as part of the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)www.qilt.edu.au for the Australian Government.
One of the highlights of the Advanced Diploma photojournalism course is a location flash workshop. This year’s took place on Saturday August 20, with 15 students, five tutors and a dozen models on the go from 10am to 5pm.
Inspired by guest lectures the previous week from Scott McNaughton, The Weekly Review photographer and PSC tutor, and Simon Schluter, resident portrait wizard at The Age, students were required to shoot at least two location assignments on the Saturday using off-camera flash before returning to college to edit and file their images.
Assignment briefs were prepared by Photojournalism Major Coordinator, Bill Bachman. Subjects ranged from street artists, architects and fashion designer/models to a busker, art curator, rowing coach, property developer, environmental planner and flight attendant. These roles were mainly played by first year Advanced Diploma and Bachelor Degree students, along with a few volunteers from outside the college.
Bill, along with PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne and staffers David Callow, Scott McNaughton and Vicki Bell, advised and assisted students throughout the day. At the end of the workshop students presented their best work in a slide show. PSC is proud to announce that our Full Time Course applications are now open. Click here to find out more. Check out the image gallery below to see the exceptional work of our students:
Yesterday, students from secondary school all across Victoria visited our creative campus for our first Experience Day of the year. This was part our industry – awareness endeavours, where we enable the wider community to get a glimpse of a day in the life of a PSC student. Our passions for fostering interests in the art of photography and developing the visual communications skill set of students across the country, resulted in a fun filled day where a variety of insightful activities were organised.
Students from year 10, 11 and 12 attended the introduction to the day by course director, Daniel Boetker-Smith, who explored the nature of photography today with social tools, such as Instagram. Students were encouraged to think about how they could develop styles that brought out their individuality, while looking at the Instagram channels of high profile photographers from the industry. Daniel introduced them to the vision and techniques of Katrin Koenning, PinkHassov, Thomas Prior and Arto Foto, to highlight the qualities of what it takes to be an image-maker for a successful career in the field. A group workshop session then followed, where teams were led by teachers Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen, with our PSC mentors, Myra, Rachel, Justice and Luke who guided students in brainstorming the ideas, vision and styles of the aforementioned photographers.
Students then ventured out to different iconic spots around the Melbourne CBD – as PSC is located in the flourishing arts and business district, to capture images in the styles of their chosen Instagram photographer. Receiving hands-on feedback from their accompanying teachers and mentors, students who were relatively new to the experience achieved amazing results!
After a fun pizza lunch, where Daniel went through some of the work posted on Instagram by the students, with the hashtag ‘#pscexp’, students were then taken on a tour around our creative campus, where they also interacted with Master Printer Peter Hatzipavlis and our librarian Allison Belcher.
Students were also enabled to have one-on-one sessions with our teachers who are practicing in the industry, nationally as well as internationally. A swift folio-review workshop was arranged where students brought in their folios to receive feedback and comments by our photography icons at PSC. Ideas on how students could further develop their styles were also brainstormed, leaving them inspired to look at their work in different ways and enhance their folio for their final assessments at school.
While students received constructive feedback, they were also led to our studios for a live – shoot, where teacher Michael Warnock gave them tips on how to work with subjects and lighting, in a professional studio environment. Students were quick to follow through, as they experimented with different moods and expressions. They were also introduced to our current Bachelor student, Taylor Ferne Morris and graduate, Lisa Frieling, who were doing their own commercial shoots as well. Secondary students were welcomed to discuss the realities of starting a career in photography and were pleased to hear about the positive outcomes that the industry has to offer, especially after getting a degree from a school like PSC.
The staff at PSC were thrilled to see such enthusiastic secondary students, who were eager to learn as much as they could, while they also found a sense of accomplishment by getting the real-world experience of the photography industry. Students enjoyed the busy and lively city environment of PSC and walked away with a new set of skills and experiences!
To find out more about our campus and courses visit this page. We hope to see you for our next Experience Day!
Our next Image Makers Seminar (on June 23) will bring us the perspective of highly experienced photojournalists from the ‘Arava in Focus‘ photography delegation of 2016. In collaboration with Partnership2gether (an organisation that focuses on uniting Jewish communities in Australia with those in Israel) the Arava in Focus group will be holding an exhibition from June 19 at Brightspace (level 1, 8 Martin Street, St. Kilda). It will showcase the stories and works of Alex Levac, Gilad Livni and Danny Hadas, who will be present to lead an exciting discussion at our Image Makers Seminar.
Here is a snapshot of our wonderful guests:
Alex Levac is an iconic photographer who brought the world stories about the Kav 300 Affair and the indigenous communities of the Amazon. He won the Israel Prize in 2005 for his body of work, which displayed his unique depiction of the ‘Israel reality’. Alex has published five books on the culture of Israel and has traveled to Brazil, London, Paris and the United States. His photography has captured different epochs of social changes such as the booming punk culture of London amongst other street scenes and people.
Alex Levac will be accompanied by Gilad Livni – a photographer involved in peace-making projects involving rural communities in the Arava region. He is also the CEO of the Moshav Pharan and is based in Australia, playing a crucial role of increasing the engagement between Israelis in Arava and Australia. Gilad has been a photographer for 40 years and has a lot of experience with landscape photography.
We will also be joined by Danny Hadas, a resident of the Moshav Pharan region who is dedicated to nature photography and has exhibited his work at Ein Hod Gallery, Roots Gallery and The Bible Museum in Tel Aviv and Beit Yad LaBanim. He has had a successful career with conducting workshops in Southern Israel.
The purpose of our June Image Makers seminar is to discuss the rise of documentary photography in the rapidly changing environment of social media and mobile photography. There will also be a debate about whether there is such a thing as an ‘objective’ image. We are really excited about hosting this special event in the midst of the Arava in Focus exhibition and series, and invite everyone to enrich their understanding of photojournalism today with a fresh point of view.
Directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker and cinematographer, Ben Shapiro, ‘Gregory Crewdson – Brief Encounters’ is a documentary that captures the thought process, vision and influences of the iconic photographer. Following the journey from conceptualization to constructing elaborate productions, Ben Shapiro unravels the story behind Crewdson over the span of a decade, capturing backstories and insights of the photographer. We will be given a complete view of the larger-than-life character many of us have been intrigued by, through this documentary.
In collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, we will be screening the documentary to the public for the first time, followed by a Q&A with the director Ben Shapiro, himself. This is a great opportunity for attendees to converse with such a renowned filmmaker for a larger understanding of the industry and how famous photographers work.
Book your tickets here for this exclusive event that will be held on June 6, 2016 at the National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium.
Watch the trailer:
As part of our exciting Secondary School Workshop Program this week we were delighted to welcome studio art and media studies students all the way from Alkira College (Cranbourne). This program is part of PSC’s unique collaboration with schools and industry members in the field of photography.
We believe that igniting the passion of photography begins with giving people opportunities where personal ideas and techniques are explored under the guidance of experts and award winning artists, such as the teachers at PSC.
The workshop with Alkira College began with a tour of our classrooms, exhibition walls, studio and printing facilities, led by the coordinator of communications and students, Carmen Edwards.
Students had a chance to interact with the exhibited work, observe the way our classes are conducted (both in the creative and technical sense), see our high quality digital labs and take a look at ThePrintShop @ PSC, before venturing into our busy studios.
The second segment of the workshop was then guided by our course director, Daniel Boetker Smith, who gave an introduction to the concepts of personal style and current trends in photography. Opening the minds of students to the world of Instagram photography, he raised their awareness about established and upcoming photographers who have become world-famous on the social network channel, thanks to their strong point of view and distinguished subject matter.
Students were encouraged to learn about and adopt the styles of inspiring Instagram photographers such as Hans Seeger, mmuseumm and Arto Saari, for the third segment of the workshop. Students explored different areas of the glittering arts and financial district in the heart of the CBD (where PSC is located) to try their hand at Instagram photography using the styles of their chosen photographer.
The Secondary School Workshop provided a glimpse of what our students learn about at PSC. We place importance on photographic techniques as well as professional skills that make our students ideas creators, where they establish their personal voice and learn about how to market their work to the world. The secondary school students who visited us this week were encouraged to partake in conversations with the artists they chose as inspiration, enabling them to share ideas with those who are successful in the field. We are thankful to Alkira College for visiting us and look forward to hosting more workshops with schools in the near future.
For more information about our special Experience Day Workshop, visit our website.
Renowned photographers, Yervant, Lindsay Adler, Roberto Valenzuela, Brooke Shaden, Bob and Dawn Davis are in Melbourne to lead the International Photography Symposium, and we’re proud to host the photography masterclass that will be taking place at our studios on the 20th of May.
This event is part our unique approach of interlinking our students’ education with professional contemporary photographic practices of the industry. It is a great opportunity for us to have such high -profile specialists on campus to further enrich our understanding of the craft.
Yervant is an AIPP member and Honorary Fellow of the Master Photographers’ Association of UK, as well as a certified Canon Master of Australia. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the WPPI in 2010 and has been celebrated as the most influential wedding photographer of our time. Yervant has also studied with PSC in the past.
Lindsay Adler is a fashion photographer based in New York. She has authored a variety of books on the subjects of studio lighting and portrait photography. Her work has also been printed in magazines such as Marie Claire and Elle.
Brook Shaden is a graduate of Temple University and is in Shutter Magazine‘s list of Top 10 Most Influential Photographers (2014). She has had her photography published more than 65 times in the last seven years.
Member of the Canon Explorers of Light program and international top selling author in wedding photography, Roberto Valenzuela has featured in Cosmopolitan Bride, Rangefinder and Professional Photographers of America magazine. His latest book ‘Picture Perfect Lighting‘ is currently no.1 in Amazon’s new releases within the category of photography lighting.
Bob and Dawn Davis are an international wedding photography duo based in Chicago. Apart from being ambassadors for Manfrotto, they are also recipients of Junebug Wedding‘s ‘World’s Best Photographers’ title and members of the Canon Explorers of Light Program.
Being the best specialised institution for Photography in Australia means that we are visited by award winning professional photographers from our international network, year round. Hosting the masterclass of the International Photography Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for our students to build their portfolio with the guidance and feedback of the best in the field. We are also happy to extend our invitation to those outside of the PSC community, to join us in honing their talents in the craft of image making.
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:
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.’
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].
‘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.’
‘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.