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PSC Teacher Wins Australia’s Biggest Photography Prize

PSC is delighted to announce that Bachelor of Photography teacher Hoda Afshar has won the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. From 2500 entries the judges shortlisted 44 images to be exhibited at the NPG in Canberra. The exhibition opened last Friday and will be on display until the 8th June and will then travel to galleries all over Australia.

The winning image is from a series called ‘The Smell of Narenj’ that Hoda made during a recent trip to her country of birth, Iran. The photographs in this series reflect her personal view on contemporary Iranian society—a country whose reality is often either misrepresented, or hidden behind a heavy curtain. Hoda’s photographs do not claim to expose this reality; they are merely an attempt to capture the Iran that she knows — a knowledge that has been affected by the sense of nostalgia created through the distance caused by her migration to Australia. Her work deals with the impact of Iran’s complex history in the uncertain contemporary conditions of political life in Iran.

Hoda moved to Australia in 2007 and pursued her passion for photography. In 2010 she started a Masters in Fine Art at Curtin University and expanded her research into a PhD programme. Her work investigates the discourses around contemporary social issues including globalization, imperialism and power relations, displacement and post-identity politics. Her artwork also attempts to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration.

We are very proud of Hoda, a valued member of the PSC family, this is a great achievement that situates her at the forefront of contemporary photography in Australia.

Congratulations Hoda!

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

The Image Makers – Yervant Zanazanian

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 27 March 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

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

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Yervant is a master craftsman, his experience and abundant knowledge of photography stems from early childhood as he watched and learnt from his father who was royal photographer to the Emperor of Ethiopia (East Africa). Yervant mastered not only capture but also darkroom techniques from a very early age and became an early pioneer in digital imaging.

Yervant’s signature style in his capture is internationally recognised and he has maintained a leading role in creating new trends within the traditional world of wedding photography for over 25 years. His work is best described as ‘Fashion meets Wedding’. Yervant is a sought after educator and presenter at photography conferences globally.

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

2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

We are delighted to announce that Bachelor of Photography lecturers Ying Ang, Hoda Afshar & Katrin Koenning have all been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (first prize is worth $20,000). Being recognised in this prestigious national prize places our wonderful lecturers amongst the best in contemporary photography in Australia. Congratulations!

Winners will be announced later this month and the exhibition will be on display from 28 March – 31 May 2015 at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

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The Flying Dutchman in Blue’ (Coogee 2) – Image by 2014 Award Winner Shaun Gladwell

Up Close and Personal – Exhibition

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
Ground floor, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Exhibition Open: 8:30am-6:30pm, Monday – Friday throughout March 2015

Photography Studies College and the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre are delighted to present an International Women’s Day photography exhibition featuring work by female students and graduates that celebrates their distinctive stories and vision.

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Photojournalism Update

The Advanced Diploma Photojournalism Major got under way in a slightly unusual but most stylish manner last week with Adelaide maestro Milton Wordley presenting his “A Year in the Life of Grange” project at Gallery Eleven40 in Malvern.

Three years in the making – somewhat less than the journey to drinkability for a fine wine, but a vintage achievement nonetheless – Milton’s exhibition (on show at the gallery) and monumental book (with a list price of $758, the same as a bottle of current-vintage Grange Hermitage, long considered one of the finest and most collectable Australian red wines) are twin landmarks in Australian wine publishing. He showed images and talked about the concept and production of this old-fashioned photo essay on a grand scale. Sadly, complementary tastings of Grange were not on offer.

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Images & words by Bill Bachman.

The Image Makers – Louis Porter

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank

Thursday 12 March 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our first Image Makers seminar for 2015!

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Louis Porter is a British photographer based between London and Melbourne. His work melds social commentary with an interest in the archive and public space. He has exhibited throughout Australia including: The NGV, Stills Gallery, Australian Centre of Photography and Centre for Contemporary Photography.

He was the 2013 Arts Victoria fellow at the Berlin Zentrum Für Kunst und Urbanistiks  (ZK/U) and the Australia China Council artist during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. His work has also been shown at several international festivals including: The Brighton Photography Biennial, The Noorderlicht Festival (NL) , Copenhagen Photography Festival and SiFest (IT).

His work has been recently featured in The British Journal of Photography, Foam Magazine, The Aperture Photobook Review and Fotgraf Magazine.

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

PSC Orientation 2015

We have had a great first week in the full time program, welcoming our new students and catching up with the second and third year students after the summer break.

The semester started on Monday with Orientation Day and our annual lunchtime BBQ by the Yarra. We didn’t let the unexpected showers dampen our spirits and carried on our conversations under the bridge! The first year Bachelor and Advanced Diploma of Photography students worked on a special phone photography project. We enjoyed seeing their creative interpretations of the secret briefs.

Classes continued throughout the week and we celebrated the end of week one with  a pizza feast! Welcome and welcome back we are excited to share the creative journey with you in 2015!

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Check out more photos from Orientation on our Facebook page!

Welcome to PSC Ying Ang!

We have welcomed a few new members to the PSC community in 2015. One of them is award-winning photographer Ying Ang.

Based between Melbourne, Singapore and New York, Ying Ang is a photographer of the social, personal and contemporary landscape. Ying has exhibited widely in group and solo shows from New York to Arles, with a full portfolio of her most current project, ‘Gold Coast’, housed in the permanent collection of the Sagamihara City Museum in Japan. She graduated as valedictorian for the 2009-2010 class of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Centre of Photography, New York. She has garnered a wide range of of international awards and was a participant in the Reflexions Masterclass of 2011-2013.

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Ying teaches regular workshops in photography in New York, Melbourne and various international photography festivals specializing in photography books, with her most recent achievements as:

  • Winner of the New York Photo Festival book prize for 2014
  • Winner of the Encontros Da Imagem book prize for 2014
  • Finalist for Photobook Melbourne’s Australian Photobook of the Year 2015
  • Listed by Flak Photo, Lensculture, Voices of Photography, Mark Power, Asia Pacific Photobook Archive and Self Publish Be Happy in their top photobooks of 2014

Welcome Ying!

Ying is taking over the PSC Instagram for the next week so make sure you follow @pscmelb and say hello! 

White Night Melbourne

PSC teachers Elli Ioannou & Nic Kocher have work on display this Saturday 21 February as part of  White Night Melbourne. Visitors can experience visual art, exhibitions, illuminations, music, theatre and film presentations on display at various locations in the city from 7pm to 7am. 

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Image by Nic Kocher

Nic’s work The Entropy Continuum is in the Tears Before Dawn precinct in Flinders Lane and Elli’s film I’mperfect Beauty will be shown with several other short films in the Indie Screen/Chill Out Area in Bourke Street Mall. Congratulations Nic and Elli and have a great White Night!

PSC to Host The Library Collection

We are excited to be hosting The Library Collection at PSC as part of the Photobook Melbourne Festival from the 12-22 February.

The Library Collection is a collection of contemporary photographic publications based in Dublin, Ireland, and is part of an organisation called Photo Ireland. This is the first time this amazing collection of books will be seen in Australia.

Started in 2011 by Claudia Nir and Angel Luis Gonzalez the collection offers the public an on-going display of the latest photobooks, magazines, and zines, either self-published or produced by independent publishing companies, and well-established, large publishing houses.

In Melbourne, The Library Project will be showcasing books from Arles Photo Festival, Paris Photo, and Kassel fotofestival, as well as a specially curated selection of Irish photobooks. This significant collection will be on display near the PSC reception from 12-6pm everyday during the festival and Angel Luis Gonzalez will be doing a short talk about The Library Collection and Photo Ireland at 11.30am on Friday 13 February at PSC.

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