The Who’s Who of the PSC Symposium


Welcoming the second PSC Symposium at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, are highly famous figures in the arts circuit. Our speakers are united in their interests in subject matters pertaining to ‘culture’, which is what our main point of discussion will be for the event. The concept of ‘Borderless Futures – Reimaging the Citizen’ points to a very crucial issue that affects everyone in our present day society, as populations shift about, lending a majority of people to live in places disconnected to their ethnic roots. Moreover, the role of photography and visual imagery today is more powerful than ever, as the individual now has total control over how he or she is represented. We look at the way visuals in the past have taught us to learn about our own histories, and question the protrayal of certain cultures by those who were given the power to capture identities.

At the PSC Symposium, the experts will take the floor, talking about their work and the question of what it means to be a ‘global citizen’ today.

Here’s our list of some people to watch out for:

Daniel Boetker-Smith


  • Co founder of Photobook Melbourne, Director of Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
  • Writes for Vault Magazine, Photoeye and Photofile
  • Winner of Bowness Photography Prize, Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography Award (documentary) and the Substation Art Prize
  • Curated two international photobook events for NGV (Victoria) and MCA (New South Wales)
  • Has been on the jury list for the Kassel Photobook Award in Germany

Anat Cossen

Anat Cossen

  • Born in Israel, where she exhibited work at the Tel Hai Museum of Photography
  • Certified in fine arts (she’s highly skilled in pencil sketching and interior design) receiving her MFA in Fine Art Photography from RMIT
  • She’s a professional commercial portrait photographer
  • Exhibited work at the Linden Gallery, Edmund Pearce Gallery and Open Space Gallery
  • Influenced by themes of ‘identity’ in her work

Philippa (Pip) Kelly


  • Creative producer for Asialink Artists in Residency Project Exhibition
  • Worked for ABC, SBS, Lonely Planet TV as producer/writer
  • Has a background in Anthropology (University of Western Australia)
  • Directed community on-screen projects for The Queensland Museum and Oxfam
  • Apart fro freelancing, she works as a filmmaker for The State Library of Queensland

Sanja Pahoki

VCA & MCM staff

  • Croatian born Australian photographer
  • Winner of 9 grants-awards including The Helsinki Studio Residency (Australian Council for the Arts), The Ian Potter Cultural Grant, The Australian Postgraduate award and the award for Critical Merit from the George Paton Gallery (University of Melbourne)
  • Her work has been exhibited more than 80 times, at venues such as Project Space (Melbourne), Sarah Scout Gallery, The Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) and at Centre Place (Melbourne) and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre
  • Her work observes elements concerning the idea of ‘self’, identity and anxiety
  • Currently is a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts and The University of Melbourne


Les Horvat

  • Commercial photographer with over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry
  • Winner of the Kodak Professional Achievement Award, the Ilford Trophy for Black and White excellence and various Silver Awards at The APPA’s
  • Established ‘Twilight Zone Studios’ as the centre of commercial photography in the professional world
  • Has had his work exhibited in Korea
  • Is currently a Senior Fellow at PSC


Alasdair Foster


  • Was Founding Director of Fotofeis (Scotland)
  • Former Director of Australian Centre for Photography
  • Has worked on various media projects as artist, curator, writer, editor, policy advisor, researcher and photographer
  • Current ambassador for the Asia Pacific Photo forum
  • Founding Member of the International Network of Photography Centres


Kristian Häggblom


  • Senior lecturer at La trobe University
  • Exhibited his work in more than 30 venues across the world; Tokyo, Finland, Switzerland, Malaysia and Los Angeles
  • Winner of 11 photography awards from The Nomura Cultural Foundation, The Leica Documentary Photography award (Centre for Contemporary Photography) and the Swiss Arts Council
  • Established and curated the RoomSpace gallery in Japan (Shinjuku)
  • Currently researching the role of photography in surveillance and its socio-political effects


Hugh Hudson


  • Lecturer and Information-Research Development Coordinator for PSC and Honorary research Fellow for The University of Melbourne
  • Writer of the 1800 edition electric catalogue for publications in the Autograph Collection (15th – 20th Centuries) for The State Library of Victoria
  • He has been published 36 times in Art magazines, journals and books concerning Renaissance and Medieval art (Antiques and Art, Paregon, Arth Monthly)
  • Specialist in Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in The State Library of Victoria, writing 11 records for the department’s research repository
  • A distinguished scholar, graduating with a Double Major, Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Art History, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Curatorship.
  • Researcher in subject matter pertaining to visual arts and culture in society, especially in issues regarding ‘cultural management’

Rita Lazaukas


  • Winner of 5 art awards including the Wodonga Hume Acquisitive Contemporary Award, The Blackfriars Drawing Acquisitive and the Tallangatta Arts festival. She was also a finalist for 12 art prizes, for names like Citigroup Photographic Portrait Prize, Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Hutchins Works on Paper and the Dobell Drawing Prize
  • She has exhibited work at Birds Gallery, Monash University Switchback Gallery, Beechworth, ArtSpace (Wodonga), The Art Gallery of NSW, The Bendigo Art Gallery, Maudespace and the Westpac Gallery (The Victorian Arts’ Centre)
  • She is currently the General Manager of the ‘Amazigh Cultural Tours’ program in Morocco, as a custodian of the arts-culture of Morocco.
  • She has had 20 years of experience working as a curator for well renowned galleries around the country
  • She is a visual artist who focuses on fine arts; her work is inspired by landscapes, cityscapes and architecture.


Bella Capezio

Isabella Capezio

  • Teaches at The Photography Studies College and co-runs the Ruffian Gallery (Footscray)
  • Designed and ran the Footscray Foto Focus intensive photography workshop
  • Organiser of workshops and competitions for the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
  • Her work adheres to cultural influences of Mexico, questioning spiritual practices and traditions.
  • She has published 7 photobooks which span her journeys to various countries (Cambodia and Ethiopia)


Claire Monneraye


  • Curator of Exhibitions as well as the International and Satellite Projects at the Australian Centre for Photography
  • Previously worked at the Centre Pompiduo and Reunion de Musees Nationaux (Paris)
  • Recently curated a collaborative exhibition with curators based in Berlin and Budapest, titled ‘Ex & Post – Eastern Europe Under the Lens’
  • Graduated in literature, philosophy, history with a Masters in Cultural Heritage Studies
  • The themes she likes to work with are representations of culture in society and the female identity

We’re sure to have piqued your interest and know that coming along to the Symposium will be an eye opening event! Read more about it here: and don’t forget to book your spot:

PSC is delighted to present …

A Spotlight on Fashion Photography at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

A Kaleidoscope of talented artists from our wonderful city will be showcasing their hard work and eclectic styles during the week of 28th August to 4th September. While the fashionistas and models get set to note the various who’s-who of the fashion industry, we know that the main character of the show is the ‘fashion photographer’; the one who captures the magic and keeps the memories alive, forever.

Being Melbourne’s foremost centre of photography education, PSC students collaborated in the 2014 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week on a unique exhibition with Nixi Killik  to create striking new images of her work in an urban inner city environment – see our earlier blog post for further details here and watch the behind the scenes video.

This year we’re proud to announce an even greater role by hosting 3 events as part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, thanks to the recognition given by The City of Melbourne to carry this event forward.

On Sunday 30 August, we celebrate the amazing efforts of fashion photographers, by sharing high-level industry knowledge and professional expertise to the public, with our fashion photography masterclass (session limited to 10 people only) taught by the talented and extremely sought-after photographer, Ed Purnomo.  You can book your place for this workshop here.


Image: Ed Purnomo

Following this, on Wednesday 2 September, is ‘When the Sky Fell Down: The Myth of Guy Bourdin’, a tribute to French fashion photographer, Guy Bourdin; a preview of a documentary about the photographer who worked for names like Chanel, Bloomingdales and Gianni Versace and made waves with his fresh and daring approach to fashion photography. The director-producer of the documentary (from which the event is titled), Sean Brandt, will walk us through the journey of the brilliant artist, with rare footage and exclusive interviews, accompanied by senior curator of NGV, Susan Van Wyk and PSC Bachelor course director Daniel Boetker-Smith. Sean Brandt, who worked with Guy Bourdin during 1982 – 1985, was accepted as an exclusive director of Sundance Institute. His profiles include shooting editorials for GQ, Vogue (starring Pharrel Williams), L’Oreal and Harpers Bazaar.

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Image Sean Brandt

Finally, on Thursday 3 September, we present the third event in the PSC-MSFW series ‘Don’t Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next’ seminar by Magda Keaney; artistic director of Glassworks (Canberra). Magda will be presenting her upcoming publication ‘Fashion Photography Next’, which was exhibited at the FOAM Museum (Amsterdam) amongst other venues around the world. Her experience working at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, as well as the Fashion Space Gallery (as creative director) in London, truly makes her book an authentic account of the goings-on in the fashion world, as it highlights the current practices and economy of the industry, in the light of photography.


Images Magda Keaney

Seats are filling fast for these events; if you’d like to be part of it then don’t miss out, click the banner below to book your place. We look forward to seeing you there.


2015 Bowness Photography Prize Finalists Announced

Congratulations to PSC student David Bibby who has been announced as a finalist in this years Bowness Photography Prize!

The Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation and was established in 2006 to promote excellence in Australian photography. It has become one of the highest awards for photography in the country and receives hundreds of entries from renowned and up and coming photographers.

David’s image is from a folio series he produced as part of his Bachelor of Photography studies. Another image in this series received a gold award at the Victorian AIPP awards earlier this year. David was thrilled to hear the news,  ‘I’m amazed and very excited that this series has been received so well. This will be my first gallery appearance, and of course the next challenge is perfecting the print’.

Well done David!

Check out his stunning image and read his artist statement below.


Image & artist statement (below) by David Bibby

Fear of dark places gave our ancient ancestors an evolutionary advantage, by priming brains and bodies for a fight-or-flight response when faced with the threat of danger or the unknown. These primal fears also had a strong influence on our cultures. Our fear of darkness and of forests, as dark places that conceal the unknown, has placed them at the centre of many of our myths, legends and folktales. 

Despite, or perhaps because of our fear, we seem to have an attraction to the darkness and there is something intrinsically beautiful in many dark images. Maybe the darkness has become a refuge in the modern world for those things we can’t control, including mystery and imagination.

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.

Amy Paton

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!

Call for Papers


Submissions are invited for the second symposium organised by Photography Studies College and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, on the theme of ‘Borderless Futures: Reimaging the Citizen’. The symposium will be held in Ballarat on Saturday 29 August 2015.

In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation. This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images.

Subjects may include:

  • Indigenous image-making and identity
  • migration, families, and communities
  • art as utopian model
  • citizen journalism and other new approaches to the documentary genre
  • the politics of social media and new media
  • the stateless photographer
  • photobooks as global artefacts
  • any topic concerned with the transmission of images and texts across societies, past and present

We are inviting papers and presentations of creative projects. We also intend to have a special ‘discursive’ session dedicated to discussion of papers made available online beforehand, as an alternative to the conventional symposium paper format. Proposals are welcome from creative practitioners, researchers, and postgraduate students working across all aspects of the arts, including photography, multimedia, performance, and writing.

Please send a title and an abstract of 200 words, or detailed expressions of interest for a 15–20 minute presentation, indicating your institutional affiliation or independent status, and whether you would prefer to be in a ‘discursive’ session, to by 24 June.

Internship Opportunity at The Northsider

Rod Ceballos, Photo Editor of The Northsider, visited the Photojournalism majors class last week to outline a new internship program specifically aimed at photography students.

The Northsider is a print and online community newspaper serving Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs and under the program, two final-year students will be selected for six-month internships involving one or two assignments a month. The students will work closely with Rod and other members of the publication’s editorial staff, and will also be given an opportunity to develop a photo essay on a topic of their choice which will be published during their time at the paper.

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Rod Ceballos outlining details of the program with PJ Major Coordinator Bill Bachman

This is just one of the many exciting opportunities our students have to use their skills in a real world context. Check out our YouTube page to find out more about an internship students undertook with The Age.

The Images Makers – Richard White

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Friday 26 June 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

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


Richard White has been described as someone who walks in the footsteps of Ansel Adams. His black and white images have a timeless and evocative quality about them. For the past 16 years Richard has produced a large-format black & white calendar on The High Country of Australia. Although primarily known for his work around this area, Richard’s career has taken him far and wide. Richard has been a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography for the past 30 years and is also a Master of Photography. In 2010 he was awarded the AIPP’s highest honour, A Fellow of the Institute.

For the past 21 years Richard has run photographic workshop in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. Richard speaks and lectures regularly at photographic conventions and art photography forums. His black & white prints are predominantly produced in the darkroom from large format negatives, a process that continues to be an ongoing passion.

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

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.


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.


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)

The Image Makers – Ross Coulter

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Friday 29 May 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

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


Ross Coulter is an artist who uses photography, video, sculpture and painting in his practice. He explores notions of levity and gravity through poetic gestures.

As the 2010 – 2011 Georges Mora Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria he released 10,000 paper planes into the Domed Reading Room. He is currently constructing a photographic archive titled “Audience” that involves photographing an audience gathered in a gallery in which there is no art, watching a performance that doesn’t exist.

Ross has participated in exhibitions and residencies both in Australia and internationally and has been the recipient of a number of grants and prizes including the Keith & Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, the Australian Postgraduate Award, Arts Victoria (Creation) and from the City of Melbourne. He completed a BFA with Honours (Photography) (2004-2007) and a Masters of Fine Art (2012-2013) at VCA. He is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary.

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