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Bill Bachman Gets Published in Australian Geographic’s 130th Edition

Bill Bachman, co-ordinator of the Photojournalism Major at PSC, recently had his work featured in the 130th edition of Australian Geographic magazine. From its founding in 1986 by Dick Smith, the journal quickly became Australia’s foremost geographical magazine. Known for it high quality writing, photography, illustration and cartography, the publication’s brief has always been to celebrate Australia’s best in the areas of landscape, natural history, science, industry and people. It has also faithfully maintained a strong focus on adventure and exploration.

Bill contributed a photograph to the very first issue more than 30 years ago and went on to become a favorite among the magazine’s regular contributors, shooting more than 25 features over as many years.

Bill Bachman is Featured in the Australian Geographic. Click the image to see more.

Bill Bachman is Featured in the Australian Geographic. Click the image to see more.

(Reproduced courtesy of Australian Geographic, © Bauer Media Group 2015)

He has long been a keen explorer of the Australian way of life in his own right, having written and photographed articles for a number of other magazines both here and overseas. He has also produced books such as Off The Road Again, a photographic diary of his outback travels, Special Delivery, a light-hearted look at Australia’s roadside art, The Murray River and the international best-seller Local Colour: Travels in the Other Australia, a thematic look at life beyond the urban fringe.

By Australian Geographic editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick

By Australian Geographic editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick

For the most recent edition of Australian Geographic he travelled to King Island to revisit a feature he shot in 2009. The accompanying excerpt from “Every Picture Tells a Story: 30 Years of AG Photography” by editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick makes note of Bill’s special relationship with the magazine. We’re delighted to have Bill as a key member of the PSC teaching team!

Cath Grey’s Achievements with Royal Auto & Bauer Media

 Cath Grey, who has a background in IT (user-experience), just finished her Advanced Diploma after 4 years of studying part time. Her internship with the prestigious Bauer Media Group (Australia’s leading multi-platform magazine publisher) began on Monday, sparking off more possibilities in the field of professional photography.

'Russell' by Cath Grey for her final folio at PSC

‘Russell’ by Cath Grey for her final folio at PSC

Cath secured this internship through her photojournalism class, after showcasing her portfolio of photography (largely developed while she was at PSC) to the head videographer at Bauer Media who then selected her. Last year, she had worked with another prominent publication; Royal Auto (RACV) where she covered the regions of Ivanhoe and Heidelberg for their online digital magazine.

Having done photoshoots for real estate and architecture thanks to networking with people in the industry, she was also able to land a gig with Tennis Australia as an image editor – results of which have been published on the website of the Australian Open. Cath is looking forward to gaining a richer experience in professional videography and photography with Bauer Media, as she is keen to work across different genres. Her education at PSC has given her a good foundation in understanding how client briefs work, portrait photography as well as studio photography – allowing her to apply different spheres of knowledge to the assignments she’ll be getting.

Cath Grey's Product Shoot for 'Coco Rum'

Cath Grey’s Product Shoot for ‘Coco Rum’

A self motivator, Cath advises part time students to get out there in the world, to keep shooting and challenging themselves with new concepts. She had joined PSC to finesse her skills in photography, after travelling to different places and using her camera to capture her experiences. She now feels much more confident with her work and is happy to have an unexpected development in her professional life; that of freelance photography assignments which she works on part time.

Adrianne Harrowfield Reflects on Her Internship with The Age

After completing fours years of her Advanced Diploma in Photography, Adrianne now plans to focus on kickstarting her side business QED Photography, which carries the message of her father’s life motto: ‘Quietly Ever Determined’. During the months of December and January, Adrianne was one of the two students chosen for an internship with The Age. Along with Daniel Pockett, her name was put forward by Bill Bachman (photojournalism teacher) for the opportunity, where her work over the years was considered by the picture editor of the news publication.

By Adrianne Harrowfield

By Adrianne Harrowfield

The highlight of the internship for Adrianne was having her work printed and published. It gave her the chance to photograph subjects that she wouldn’t usually capture in her own photography, such restaurants and food. “The variety the internship gave me, was a fantastic experience,” she says while reflecting on how the past two months gave her an insight into the photojournalism industry in Melbourne.

By Adrianne Harrowfield

By Adrianne Harrowfield


By Adrianne Harrowfield

Adrianne, who’s also a full time science and biology teacher, hopes to eventually teach photography. We were delighted to have Adrianne share her journey with us and wish her all the best for her future ventures. PSC will definitely keep you updated with Adrianne’s upcoming achievements.

By Adrianne Harrowfield

By Adrianne Harrowfield

Daniel Pockett Photographs Australian Open for Getty Images

Daniel Pockett, part time student of the Advanced Diploma course, was given an opportunity of a lifetime with the prestigious Getty Images. He was assigned to cover The Australian Open of 2016, getting full access to every corner of selected venues. Previously with Getty (earlier in 2015), Daniel was given the chance to cover various other events such as ICC Soccer in June, MotoGP (in October), Big Bash Cricket (in December).

By Daniel Pocket

By Daniel Pockett

Capturing world class athletes (such as Federer) on court, Daniel was selected because of his impressive portfolio that was further enriched by the industry exposure he received while pursuing his photojournalism course at PSC. As he completed his last semester of studies in December last year, Daniel had the chance to be selected for an internship with The Age.

D Pockett

Daniel Pockett for The Age

The Age

This opportunity comes about every year under PSC’s career -building initiative with Australia’s no. 1 news publication. During Daniel’s internship, his work was published several times in the past 8 weeks, giving him recognition like never before. Daniel has photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman to thank, as he believes that the opportunities at the turn of the year came about as a result of Bill’s encouragement and guidance.

By Daniel Pocket for Getty Images

By Daniel Pockett for Getty Images

As Daniel takes on more assignments with big names in the photography industry, he reflects on his time at PSC as being an awe-inspiring journey of 4 years that has allowed him to achieve the things he never thought he could. Daniel looks forward to the PSC Graduation Ceremony in May 2016, feeling proud of the fact that was able to change his career from architectural drafting to professional photography, successfully.

Find out more about enrolling part time or full time at PSC here.


PSC Photojournalism Student Peter Williams Accompanies Michael Coyne to Vietnam

On the Road with Peter Williams

On the Road with Peter Williams

In the month of November (2015) PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne was set to go on a trip to Vietnam for his project on Villagers. As part of the photojournalism class that Michael mentors, he offered students a chance to accompany him to see what it’s like to be on location as a photojournalist, for one week.

While this was brewing, Fujifilm was in the process of selecting 100 photographers around the world to test their latest X – Series camera, known as the ‘X-Pro2‘ which was just launched on the 15th of January 2016. Michael was chosen as one of the 100 photographers, who would then have his work exhibited around the world as part of Fujifilm’s campaign.

By Michael Coyne

By Michael Coyne

Peter Williams, a photojournalism student in the Advanced Diploma course, was the first to contact Michael about the trip to Vietnam and was consequently selected. He readied himself for an experience of a lifetime, shortly after travelling to Bali where he documented people in the non-profit organisation, ‘Solemen‘.

By Peter Williams

By Peter Williams

Accompanying Michael Coyne was a remarkable experience for Peter, who received one-on-one mentoring  throughout the week. He felt that the trip went by quickly, as he was always on the go, heading to the north-western mountain ranges of Sapa, from the bustling city of Hanoi. During his trip, Peter sought the opportunity of capturing his experience by creating his own photography series, as well as a documentary about Michael Coyne’s journey in Sapa.

Here’s a teaser of the video which will be released soon.

Peter Williams was thrilled to have such an opportunity with Michael. At PSC we regard international exposure as an important facet for enriching the vision of our students. With events like the Obscura Festival and a photography trip to Iran coming up this year, we are excited to hear about the various experiences our students will have.

On the other hand, Michael’s images are being showcased in the Fujifilm X World Photo Gallery – a travelling exhibition which is currently in Tokyo. Fujifilm celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Fujifilm’s X-Series Camera this year and we’re proud that Michael Coyne has the honour of representing PSC at such an important worldwide event.

Weekend Feature : Eric Jong

Eric Jong

This weekend we’re presenting Eric Jong, who’s undertaking the Bachelor Pathway Program which he started late last year. Eric graduated from PSC with an Advanced Diploma in photojournalism in 2010 and has returned to the creative campus after thinking about his photographic practice and missing the experience of being around other individuals who are passionate about photography.

The projects he completed while in his final year at PSC in 2010 are:
Behind the scenes at the melbourne museum: http://www.ericjong.com.au/#/melbmuseum/ and a project about a young social worker http://www.ericjong.com.au/#/the-way-community/

Street stall by night. Taipei, Taiwan. Image by Eric Jong

Upon graduating from PSC in photojournalism he worked with a local NGO that sends patients from East Timor to Melbourne for life saving surgery: http://www.ericjong.com.au/#/east-timor-hearts-fund-lucas/

Eric is currently working on his Bachelor Pathway program  folio which covers the lives of the sailors who work on shipping containers: http://www.ericjong.com.au/blog/2015/11/25/8-x-8-x-20-work-in-progress

You can follow Eric’s journey here.

Antonia Hempel Inspires Artists at St. Kilda Town Hall

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Antonia Hempel graduated with a Bachelor of Photography at PSC in June 2015. Barely a year later, she has been given the opportunity to have her work showcased at the very prestigious exhibition space for national artists; The Gallery (St. Kilda Town Hall).
Antonia Hempel spent three years hiking and kayaking her way to remote bodies of water, in Australia and overseas, for her exhibition “Renewal”. The series was developed while Antonia was at PSC, allowing her to receive guidance from her tutors who helped finesse her vision with this particular piece of work . The stunning video and photographic images she captured of these little- visited locations are accompanied by the recorded sounds of running water and pristine tones of a crystal Tibetan singing bowl.
Antonia on location

Antonia Hempel

Antonia uses water as a symbol of the connectivity of all living things as well as a tool for exploring a meditative calming response.
“Water is the connector of life, the common denominator that weaves all living things together. As it is a powerful symbol of connectivity, water is a perfect tool for exploring a meditative, calming response. My inspiration comes directly from nature and my love for the land. I hope my work will encourage people to celebrate and bond with nature and feel peaceful, even if just for a short time.”
- Antonia Hempel

Antonia worked closely with sound healer Ami Hasson, who used a singing bowl and Native American medicine drum to produce the distinctive soundtrack. Her husband, Gaston Freddi, accompanied her on location to record the sound of water and contributed original compositions to the soundtrack.

‘Renewal’ can be viewed at The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, from 6 January – 3 February, with an official opening at 6pm on Thursday, 14 January.

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Antonia Hempel on Location while shooting ‘Renewal’.


Antonia lives and works as a practicing photographer in Melbourne, she works in a variety of other mediums including video and painting. Her works are a response to capturing the beauty of the natural environment. Shooting entirely in remote and sometimes inaccessible locations that are largely untouched by human intervention. She shot Renewal over a period of three years filming and photographing bodies of water around Australia and Overseas. All of her photographs were printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at ThePrintShop @ PSC.

Highlights from 2015!

What a wonderfully full, creative and rewarding year we have had at PSC! Here’s a selection of highlights from 2015 just in case you missed out on some of our exciting news and events. Check out the blog archives, Facebook and Instagram for more!

We welcomed another great group of new students into our part time and full time courses and have just had our first full time cohort of students complete the Bachelor of Photography. Our 2014 Advanced Diploma cohort graduated style at ACMI in May and it was great to celebrate their achievements and hear many stories of graduate success.


Sarina Lirosi & Julie Moss with PSC Award winner for creativity and great potential in photography Donna Fraser at the graduation


For the fifth consecutive year PSC was awarded the AIPP Australian Tertiary Institution of the Year for excellence in photographic education and training. Congratulations to all students who participated in the APPAs and a special mention to Elena D. San Roman who received a gold award and produced the highest scoring print in the portrait category and Vicki Moritz and Daniel Pockett whose great results saw them as finalists for the Australian Student Photographer of the Year award.


Julie Moss celebrating the win with the PSC team

Students and staff continued to shine, with many receiving awards and acknowledgement for their great work including the recent CCP Salon. Work was featured in exhibitions, events including White Night Melbourne, festivals, print and online publications such as Time. We were especially proud of teacher Hoda Afshar who won the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Australia’s biggest photography prize, and student David Bibby who was a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize.

‘Portrait of Ali’ by Hoda Afshar (2014) – Winner of National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

‘Portrait of Ali’ by Hoda Afshar (2014) – Winner of National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Our students enjoyed a great range of real world industry experiences including covering Anzac Day for The Age and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Festival, visiting studios and collaborating with fashion students.

The Image Makers Seminar series continued and we had many wonderful visitor to the college including Emmanuel SantosLouis Porter, Peter Eastway, Darren Jew and Louise Clements.

We were proud supporters of  a number of events including the Photobook Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and the Ballarat Foto Biennale. Our second year Bachelor students has a great time in Malaysia at the  Obscura Festival – the biggest photo book festival in the Asia-Pacific region.

We finished off the year with our folio presentations across all year levels and a successful suite of exhibitions – Fresh 15 by the Advanced Diploma art major students , ThirtyOne by the final year Bachelor students and our own End of Year Exhibition which is open to the public during regular PSC opening hours until 18 February 2016.

The Fresh 15 Group. Image: Benjamin Pedrochi

The Fresh 15 Group. Image: Benjamin Pedrochi

Well done to all students and staff in our wonderful creative community and thanks to all the graduates and industry friends who have been involved in college life this year. We are excited by what the new year will bring and wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season.

Highlights from the Thirty One exhibition

The Thirty One Exhibition opening night on Thursday 17 December at the OKLA Gallery was the highlight of the year for the graduating Bachelor students. A wonderful evening was had by all, filled with good cheer and celebration.

After much dedication and hard work throughout the year, it is so rewarding to finally see their finished images on display. The diversity of work was a testament to the focus of the students in exploring their own creative paths as they focussed on their chosen specialisations – Photojournalism, Art and Commercial photography.

Emily Tucci

Emily Tucci with her work

Emily Tucci, one of the exhibiting students, agreed saying “It’s been a really good experience being able to collaborate as an entire group on this project. Usually group exhibitions are much smaller so having 30 photographers involved has been really different and a lot of fun to have everyone all together mixing the specialisations.”

We also had the opportunity to chat to Jordan Madge and Piers Fitton about their work and experiences this year.

Jordan Madge

Jordan Madge with his work

“It’s amazing to be finished the Bachelor course and to have been part of this exhibition. For me it wasn’t just about photography in terms of learning, there were a lot of other different steps along the way.  There’s personal growth and friendships and its the way you think as well because its not necessarily just taking photos, its the way you look at everything in life now.” – Jordan Madge

Piers Fitton

Piers Fitton with his work

Piers Fitton – “This year I did something that I really wanted to do, it wasn’t just part of an assignment, it was my own path to explore and build my creative ideas further.  I’m really happy because I have accomplished what I set out do.”


Laura Scholfield

Laura Scholfield with her work

“Studying at PSC has been the best 3 years of my life and the friendships I’ve made are friends for life.  The last three weeks without PSC have actually been so boring and I miss it so much every day … but it is an amazing feeling to be finished and i’m really excited about what the future holds.” – Laura Scholfield

If you missed the exhibition at OKLA Gallery @The Compound Interest then you can still see the work on show here at the PSC End of Year Exhibition and pick up a copy of the exhibition catalogue.  The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm from 4 January at PSC, 65 City Road, Southbank.

PSC Staff

PSC staff (Left to Right): Carmen Edwards, Communications & Students; Daniel Boetker-Smith, Bachelor Course Director; Jim Davidson, Chair PSC Governing Council; Katrin Koenning, Photojournalism Major teacher; Julie Moss, Managing Director; Melina Rookes, Communications & Students

Congratulations to all of the students involved and also to the staff and teachers that have supported them on their journey.


Raquel Betiz with her work




Australian Art Industry Shines the Spotlight on Another PSC Staff Member: Brie Tenerry

PSC Lecturer Brie Trenerry just presented her work ‘Total Field’ in a solo exhibition at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) in Adelaide, for an entire month from November to mid December.

Brie Tenery: Total Field Screen Installation at AEAF

Brie Tenery: Total Field Screen Installation at AEAF 

The AEAF has been dedicated to new breakthroughs in visual arts since 1974, by artists who wanted to bring about a new approach to art. Believing that art is experimental, reflecting life in certain ways that should be open to public criticism, the AEAF has exhibited works of only prominent artists who are making history with their work and styles. Their focus on research-driven projects that extend themselves to debates and movements in contemporary culture, signifies that Brie’s latest showcase was critical in the current art movement of Australia.


Brie Tenerry has specialised in screen-based media since 2002, being a major exhibitor in festivals such as Westspace, White Night, Artspace and has grown her international presence at renowned galleries in cities like Santiago, New York, Berlin and London. Being the co-founder of Moonlight Cinema Adelaide and Kings ARI, Brie has taught video and post production at VCA and RMIT, before coming to PSC. Her project ‘Total Field’ has been described as an ‘experimental installation’ which makes use of cinematic elements. It looks at the relationship between the experience of moving images and altered states of consciousness. Involving concepts such as ‘vertical editing’, Brie experiments with the use of spatial montages and continuity.

Brie Tenerry's Installation at AEAF 2015

Brie Tenerry’s Installation at AEAF 2015

Having influential artists as part of our teaching cohort is one of the things that makes the PSC community so special.  This gives students an opportunity to learn from important game-changers in the field of visual arts as they journey into their own careers in photography.  As the nature of the photography industry becomes more technology driven and competitive, students at PSC are constantly encouraged to adapt to new concepts and create work that drives new trends.