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The Image Makers – Paul Batt

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 31 July 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

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

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Image by Paul Batt: Untitled Hostel Series 1999

Paul Batt is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) photography departments and is currently a PhD candidate in Fine Art (Photography) at Monash University.

Paul’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas in both solo and group exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Australian Centre For Photography (ACP) and The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) as well as receiving numerous national photography prizes and awards. Batt’s work has featured in a number of national and international publications and his works is held in significant public collections such as the La Trobe University Museum of Art (LUMA) and Monash Gallery of Art (MGA).

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

Meet the teacher: Scott McNaughton

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Whilst undertaking the Advanced Diploma at PSC, Scott began his career as a freelance photographer in community newspapers. Having graduated from PSC in 1999, Scott decided to put his new skills to the test by working on photographic projects in New York.

Later, upon his return to Melbourne, Scott joined Fairfax Media as a photojournalist … where he still works today. He has worked through the reinvention of photography with ever evolving technology and, after over 11 years with Fairfax, continues to thrive on the pace and stimulation of the industry.

These days, Scott shoots full time for Fairfax Media and of an evening he returns to PSC to share his vast experience and skills with our part time students. Scott’s key role at PSC is delivering the part time creative camera and capture unit – the essential key to building strong technique and professional practice – along with the location lighting and people photography units. Drawing from his years of industry experience, Scott provides guidance and feedback helping students to explore their photography further, creating a dynamic portfolio of images.

We asked Scott what his favourite part of teaching was and he replied “I love working with the students on location where we go out and put into practice everything we’ve talked about in class. There’s this epiphany where it just clicks – that’s awesome … There’s also the sense of community you get when studying with like-minded people. The team I work with at Fairfax all happen to have studied at PSC, it’s like a hub of PSC graduates! It’s so true that those networks and connections you make in class carry through to the working environment.”

Scott believes photography is a craft and it needs to be taught face to face so that mastering of skills can be passed on, for it to remain a craft.

When not shooting for Fairfax or teaching at PSC, you’ll find Scott trawling the streets of Melbourne with his trusty black and white film camera in hand, looking for those decisive moments. Scott’s personal work focuses on communicating stories through a visual medium, creating a strong storyline and distinctive body of work.

He finds that “whether it’s shooting a political funding announcement or avoiding flying golf balls at an underworld funeral, everyday is as challenging as it is rewarding.”

Selection of Scott’s images below – you can see more of Scott’s photography at: scottmcnaughton.com

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Graduate Update – Amy Paton

An integral part of our students learning at PSC is developing the skills needed for real work opportunities and creating networks within the photography industry. It’s great to be able to share their stories and see them rewarded for their efforts out there in the industry!

Photojournalism graduate Amy Paton has just started working for the Warrnambool Standard and shares her experiences below.

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My name is Amy Paton, a 2015 graduate of PSC having just completed the Advanced Diploma of Photography, Photojournalism Specialisation.

I found out about the jobs at Fairfax through my Photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman and another photojournalist (who happens to also be a former graduate of PSC) who was good enough to pass on that Fairfax Regional had positions available. I immediately applied, was lucky enough to go along to an interview and got the job!

I started at the Warrnambool Standard Newspaper in June, having moved down from Melbourne and into a share house just off the main street, very close to the office. So, a tree and sea change plus a new job all together!

I’ll eventually be one of three photographers at the paper. As part of my job, I get a new iPhone 6 and a laptop for work purposes!

It’s a 0.8 of a full time position, perfect for me. I will be working four days a week, including two weekends on and then one weekend off.

Every day at 9am we have a staff meeting to bounce ideas around for that day and assign tasks. Apparently I’m welcome to contribute to that meeting, but I may just watch for the first few until I settle in.

After the meeting I go out, shoot a few different jobs, come back to the office to edit and file… then I can head home.   Sometimes I edit and file on location instead of going back to the office – the convenience of technology.

There’s a lot of editorial work, so environmental portraits, light on location and such – glad I learnt all about that at PSC! They asked me in the interview if I was okay with seeing death and other disturbing scenes, so it’s likely I’ll eventually be sent out to cover the breaking news.  

As part of my role, I also have the opportunity to write some articles to go with my photography. The Write for Publication unit we did last year as part of the Photojournalism Specialisation will come in handy!

There will be a lot of sport to cover with the Warrnambool Standard so I’m grateful for the experience I gained with my folio on Northern Blues VFL football club! [Amy’s 2014 Photojournalism folio was about a suburban VFL football club]

Future plans are to try to pitch a review of a big music festival I’m attending in a month, see if I can get a media pass and some photos I can use too!  Otherwise… watch this space!

Emmanuel Santos visits PSC

Emmanuel Santos visited PSC yesterday and spoke with PIC students in the Advanced Diploma about developing a personal photographic language. He showed them how his own work had evolved from a traditional documentary approach to a more constructed one. He spoke passionately about this need to create work about a collective humanity and showed students the link between what he had done in the past and how that helped to shape what he does today.

Emmanuel reminded students to always attend to the present moment with everything we have, because we can never know to what amazing places it may take us, both visually and geographically. Thanks Emmanuel for your inspiring talk and an important reminder about the need for photographers to be passionate and confident in their unique way of seeing the world.

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Photojournalism Update – Tales By Light

Last week Canon and the National Geographic Channel came to Melbourne to launch Tales by Light, a new television series featuring four Australian photographers along with American nature and vanishing-cultures specialist, Art Wolfe.

Students from PSC’s Photojournalism major joined about 150 other guests at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne to watch a preview of the series and meet four of the five featured photographers – Australians Darren Jew, Peter Eastway and Richard I’Anson, plus Art Wolfe, who flew in specially for the event from his home base on the west coast of the US.

The series follows the on-location adventures of each photographer as they pursue their specialties in locations from India to Tonga, Ethiopia and Antarctica.

The first of six episodes premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday May 24 at 8:30PM. A preview can be seen online.

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The Photographers (from left to right):

Abraham Joffe is a Canon Master Cinematographer and produced, directed and shot Tales by Light in stunning 4K video.

Darren Jew is one of the world’s leading marine photographers. Clients include Tourism Australia, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the CSIRO.

Art Wolfe has photographed for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO. Photographing creatures of the planet has been a major portion of Art’s life’s work spanning the past five decades. In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.”

Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography best known for his exquisite landscape work. He has embraced digital post-production to take a leading role in creating a new tradition of landscape photography. Peter’s work is published and exhibited internationally.

Richard I’Anson is an acclaimed travel photographer, founder of Lonely Planet Images and the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography. He has photographed in nearly 100 countries across all seven continents and his work is featured in literally hundreds of book titles worldwide.

Krystle Wright (not pictured) is a pioneering extreme sports photographer, driven by a passion to capture unique perspectives and increase the visibility of the most extreme sports, including free-diving, high-altitude paragliding and BASE jumping.

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PSC students Blake Storey, Ashleigh Wong, Bianca Chisari (front row) Peter Williams, Catherine Grey, Bill Bachman (PJ Coordinator), Daniel Pockett, Adrianne Harrowfield, Shing Chia, Amanda Shackleton, Adam Kemp, Jordan Bailey (standing)

Sunrise Shoot

Our first year Advanced Diploma students braved the cold and had an amazing time shooting the Melbourne skyline at sunrise today.  The vibe and the students enthusiasm was fantastic!

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Take a look at our Facebook page for some more photos.

 

PSC Graduation 2015

Congratulations to all our students who graduated last Friday 1 May! We had a fantastic evening at ACMI celebrating the class of 2014 with their family and friends, mentors and industry guests.

Dr Robin Williams delivered a great keynote address and we enjoyed hearing from students Kylie Thomson and Cyndi Briggs about their PSC experiences.

Special thanks to sponsors – AIPP, ACMP, Kayell, Adobe, Exetel, Sally Brownbill, Sun Studios, Irwin & McLaren, Borge’s Imaging Photoflex, Heartfelt and Illford for their contributions towards the awards.

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PSC Award for excellence in the Art Major: Rochelle Seator

PSC Award for excellence in the Commercial Major: Vesna Obradovic

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PSC Award for excellence in the Photojournalism Major: Daniel O’Neill

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PSC Award for creativity and great potential in photography: Donna Fraser

Peter Petty Memorial Award for technical and aesthetic excellence in landscape photography: Yang Lui

AIPP Award for conceptual excellence & photographic innovation: Trent Pace

ACMP Award for excellence throughout the course: Katrina Watson

Kayell Award for commitment & outstanding achievement: Marion Abada

Adobe Award for determination and mastery of skills: Salona Chithiray

Exetel Award for creativity and originality: Karina Miriklis

Sally Brownbill Award for great potential in commercial photography: Sean McDonald

Sun Studios Award for demonstrating perseverance and significant accomplishment: Ailsa Fox

Irwin & McLaren Award for excellence in documentary photography: Andrew Hardy

Borge’s Imaging Photoflex Award for consistent application and commitment: Anthony Basheer

Heartfelt Award for using photography skills to make a difference: Melissa Davis

Ill ford Award for best folio prints: Cyndi Briggs

 

Book Awards: Tania Gioffre, Gregory Briggs, Emily Loughnan, Odette Maillard, Jade Taylor, Emma Rose, Ivan Biscan, Caitlin Lutton, Alison Broadbent, Rose Ayliffe & Sophie De Wit

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.