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PSC Photojournalism Students Cover ANZAC Day

A recent intensive series of lessons in multimedia news production culminated in an exciting challenge for PJ Major students on ANZAC Day. Up well before daylight and working in teams of two, twelve final year students covered commemorative services and activities in the CBD, Port Melbourne, Northcote, Upwey, Box Hill and Williamstown. Later in the morning the action shifted to DigiLab 2 at PSC, where video footage, stills and audio were edited and handed over to Fairfax Senior Video Editor Tom McKendrick, who published a combined five-minute package to The Age website  that afternoon. Tutors involved in the multimedia classes and workshop were PJ Major Coordinator Bill Bachman, freelance multimedia specialist Rodney Dekker, Tom McKendrick and PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne.

The finished product can be seen on the Age website.

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Photojournalism Coordinator Bill Bachman with Ashleigh Wong and Cath Grey at Box Hill RSL Club following the dawn service.

 

The Image Makers – Ahmad Salman

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 24 April 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

PSC students, graduates and the general public are invited to attend our Image Makers seminar with Ahmad Salman.

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Image from: ‘Tanah Yang Hilang’ (The Lost Lands) by Mamuk Ismuntoro

We are delighted to welcome Ahmad Salman, an independent photo editor and curator from Jakarta to discuss contemporary Indonesian photography. Ahmad is the founder of Buku Fotografi Indonesia (Photobook Club Indonesia), a venue for the exchange of information for photographers, publishers & Indonesian photobook enthusiasts. Buku Fotografi Indonesia is active in a number of ways through the development and promotion of photobooks – by Indonesian photographers; about Indonesia by non-Indonesian photographers; and works/academic studies on Indonesian photography. Especially for PSC Ahmad has curated a special selection of contemporary photography from Indonesia, and will be discussing the past, present and future of Indonesian photography. This is Ahmad’s first visit to Melbourne and we are very happy to be his hosts.

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

Students Learn to Communicate Without Speech

Working as a photographer often requires the use of body and sign language to help create rapport and communicate successfully. This is especially true when working with people who don’t speak the same language as us or with people with a disability. In both cases it is not sufficient to use only speech as a tool for communication.

In a workshop run by Erin Levesque from Milparinka, second year Advanced Diploma students learn what it feels like not be able to use speech to communicate. They followed this experience with exercises on how to use sign language and gesture to help overcome such communication barriers.

This workshop was part of a subject called: ‘Establish Photographer/Client Relations.’ In this subject students learn, through practice and theory, about how to successfully fulfill a brief. They do so by being paired with non-for-profit organisations in their community. This often requires students working with people with disability or people with English as their second language. There is also an emphasis on social documentary photography and the importance of empathy and communication in practicing as a social documentary photographer.

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Images L-R: Flo experiencing what it feels like to try and communicate with Bianca without using speech; Erin introducing the Makaton sign cards for students to communicate with each other; the different gestures and their meaning; Erin talking about how sign language relates to photography; Harrison, Laura and Justice performing a clap as used by the deaf population; Roland (teacher) presenting his sign language sentence; Harrison presenting his sentence.

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!

Image from, The Anatomy of Business

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!