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.
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 Trenerry 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.
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.
PSC’s Bachelor of Photography Course Director, Daniel Boetker Smith, has been chosen by Photo-eye USA to shortlist the best photobooks of 2015. Photo-eye is a prolific journal of international photography excellence and the world’s largest online photography bookstore, based in Santa Fe. For the past 6 years, Photo-eye has put together a multi-contributor list comprising a range of photographers to recommend their favourite books of the year. The hope is to increase awareness of new artists and to allow people in the photography community to discover and explore the published works of artists from around the world.As most of you already know, Daniel has been the frontrunner of photobook promotions, being the director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive and the co-founder of the Photobook Melbourne Festival. He curates photobooks exhibitions and events internationally, for National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), Obscura Photo Festival (Malaysia), Aarhus (Denmark), Photo Ireland (Dublin), the Leica Centre (Washington DC) and RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco). Every year PSC Degree students are encouraged to publish their own photobooks for exhibition and presentation. For those who have attended the PSC End of Year Exhibition and more recently the graduate show Thirty One, you would have seen an extensive display of books created by our students.Photobooks are one of the trends in the current industry that allows students to express strong narratives and stories. At PSC we’re delighted to be at the forefront of this growing trend and excited to have the right people guiding our students in this domain.
Getting your work featured on the Festival Issue of Yen Magazine is a really big deal. Our teacher Katrin Koenning has made her mark with a profound series that tells you so much about the vastness and diversity of Australia, seen through the eyes of the German born artist.
Katrin has been creating waves this year with publications such as Times Magazine, and now to see her most recent project ‘A Country Big Enough to Disappear In’ highlighted by the arts community, we are nothing but proud of having such distinguished members like her in our teaching staff.
Our students learn about the integrity of having narrative in their work and know the power of developing their photography with dedication as well as passion. Thanks to Katrin Kenning, we get to see a new perspective of the space we live in. Read on to learn more about the inspiring photographer:
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We’re so excited about the possibilities of seeing more work featured of our staff and students. Industry exposure is important to us, especially as the field of photography gets more action packed!
PSC and the Print Shop are delighted to yet again sponsor the fashion prize for the CCP summer Salon.
The Centre for Contemporary Photography (one of Australia’s leading exhibition venues for photography) is hosting the biggest open-entry competition and exhibition for the CCP Salon 2015. Presented by Leica and Ilford, this event is celebrating its 23rd anniversary with promises of a huge turnout. Calling out across Australia for submissions in photo media, entrants stand a chance to win awards worth up to $20,000 for over 29 categories and have their worked exhibited in a high-profile gallery. Previous years have seen the CCP gallery flooded with spectators and participants alike on opening night, with visitors keen to take part in the bestowing of votes for the Crumpler People’s Choice award.
The Photography Studies College Best Fashion Work award, is particularly prestigious as winners receive $750 worth of printing services and consultation at the PSC Printshop. We look forward to hearing the winners announced and encourage our wonderfully talented students to partake in one of the biggest exhibition events of the year!
Details for the CCP Salon:
Friday 27 November—Saturday 19 December 2015
Entries Close : Friday 6 November 2015, 6pm
Artwork to be delivered to CCP, printed and ready to install:
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015 between 9am—5:30pm
Exhibition opening and announcement of prize winners:
Thursday 26 November 2015 6—8pm (exhibition opening) Wednesday 2 December 2015 (CCP online)
Student card holders / CCP members – $35 per entry
CCP non-members – $65 per entry
(Limit of six entries per artist)
Additionally, the CCP Salon will be running an Instagram competition where Instagrammers will be encouraged to upload posts that respond to one-word theme prompts, including #diyccpsalon with each image. Follow @ccp_australia and @leica_australia to take part in this.
Photojournalism Major student Daniel Pockett was one of the 3 finalists for the 2015 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year at the recent Australian Professional Photography awards (APPAs). Taking home both Gold and Silver Distinction awards, and in the process one of the highest overall scores in Australia for a student, Daniel shares his experience with us below:
Initially I wanted to be a cinematographer (being a big film buff) and studied film & TV, but moving overseas meant I never got to finish that course. Then around 2007 I was given my first decent camera and this prompted my move into stills.
Since enrolling at PSC in mid-2011, my photography has gone from strength to strength. The theory and design classes early on, combined with digital and studio along the way, have really fleshed out my work and made me a photographer who can now confidently get the picture on any brief. I also think the on-going support and regularly being around like-minded people really helps your work develop.
Final year student Vicki Moritz was one of the finalists for the 2015 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year at the Australian Professional Photography awards (APPAs) this week. Vicki achieved silver awards for all three of the images she entered which is an amazing achievement – well done Vicki!
Read about Vicki’s APPAs experience and see her stunning images below:
Congratulations to PSC student Elena D. San Roman who received a Gold Award at the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards. As well as achieving gold status, Elena’s print was the highest scoring print in the portrait category which is an outstanding achievement!
Originally from Spain, Elena is currently completing the art major in her final year of studies at PSC. Find out about her award winning image below and read about her photography journey and experience as a student at PSC.
This photograph is part of my final year folio, which will be exhibited as part of the Fresh15 exhibition towards the end of the year. It’s part of a series of work which deals with the experience of remembering childhood trauma and the emotional transformation that comes from it.
I feel very grateful to have received this award, especially for the acknowledgement of an image that means so much to me. I’m also very grateful for the encouragement I received from my teachers to enter the awards.
I remember being interested in photography since I was a child. I took photographs almost every day for fun and as a way of expression/documentation of events. However, I started to have quite ambitious ideas about the work I wanted to make but couldn’t accomplish because of my lack of technical skill – that’s where PSC came in!
As a world traveller I had also been wanting to come to Australia for a very long time, and getting accepted into PSC allowed me to not only study and focus on one of my passions, but also to experience this beautiful country and grow my roots.
Being at PSC has been a very unique journey, the highlight being the amount of support you get from teachers and professionals in the industry. Folio classes have always been my favourite – I think it’s very important to explore the creative process, to be able to talk freely about ideas and receive honest feedback and critique.
Although it might sound a bit cliché, I believe it’s very important to be true to yourself, without worrying about what others think or say, be ready to work hard, break your own rules, celebrate accidents and get out of your comfort zone.
The best work comes when you’re not afraid to dig deeper and are truly honest about what you find.
You can view more of Elena’s work on her website www.reflectivestate.com
We are excited to announce that PSC has won the Tertiary Institution of the Year award for the fifth consecutive year at the 2015 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs). This is a fantastic achievement and a well deserved honour for our students and staff!
“This is such a wonderful achievement for PSC! These industry awards judge student work from all over Australia and for the fifth year running to take out the top national education award is such a huge endorsement of what we do and the fantastic skills and unique vision of our students and teachers. We are so proud of our amazing students who are the new, upcoming creative professionals of the future.” Julie Moss – Managing Director of PSC
Congratulations to all students 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.
The APPAs are held annually and provide a great opportunity for photographers to connect and showcase their images, challenge themselves and receive feedback on their work. Photographers from all disciplines compete in a variety of categories including portrait, fashion, commercial, documentary, illustrative and landscape photography.
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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’
- 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.
- 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)
- 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: https://www.psc.edu.au/symposium/ and don’t forget to book your spot: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=148035
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.
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.
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.
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.