We’re incredibly happy to have Kristian Haggblom joining us at PSC as one of our fantastic tutors!
Kristian is an artist, curator and academic whose interests include expanded documentary and dialogues between photography and text.
In 2010 he was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for Arts in Finland Studio. Haggblom completed his PhD at Monash University in 2014 and he is the founder of Wallflower Photomedia Gallery.
Welcome to PSC Kristian, we’re all looking forward to getting some amazing advice and chatting about our work.
See more of Kristian’s work here
We’re thrilled to share the news of the following finalists for the Australian Photobook of the Year Award!
- Hannah Nikkelson, Golden Triangle (Self Published) – final year bachelor degree student
- Fuad Osmancevic, Elsewhere (Self Published) – final year bachelor degree student
- Jade Byrnes, Kinglake (Self Published) – 2016 graduate of the bachelor degree
- Clare Steele, J.W. (Self Published) – 2015 graduate of the bachelor degree
- Katrin Koenning & Sarker Protick, Astres Noirs (Chose Commune) – Katrin Koenning teaches the Photojournalism major in our bachelor degree and Sarker Protick has taught a bunch of our bachelor degree students in workshops at the Obscura Festival of Photography workshops in Penang, Malaysa.
Congratulations everyone! The winners will be announced on Friday the 17th of February – we can’t wait to hear!
Scott McNaughton is one of our teachers of the part time advanced diploma course. Outside of PSC, he worked for Fairfax Media for 20 years up until November last year, when he decided to pursue more freelance work and also signed on with Getty Images.
Scott is also a graduate of PSC and began shooting as a press photographer during his second year of studies after meeting the pick editor of Community News, owned by Fairfax, and arranging to show him some of his work. Ever since, Scott has been creating a niche within the field of photojournalism.
In 2006, Scott met Robert Banks, a features pick editor, who helped him discover the genre of features photography, which is rooted in news and photojournalism, but allows the photographer to use more of an editorial process to build an image and use commercial lighting and styling to tell a story.
“I always said when the first front page of a newspaper was shot by a phone, I knew that photojournalism would be in trouble a little bit because it always relied on a person being in a place when something is happening with a camera. As soon as that was removed from the equation, it became more about the device. I knew that photojournalism would need to reinvent itself, so thats why I made the decision to learn lighting and learn how to do things that a camera phones can’t do. Then you bring something else thats a bit more technical to the table.”
Aside from the actual photography, Scott says that the most important thing is to be able to relate to your subjects and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera.
“I spend a lot of time talking to subjects and allowing them to relax. Often you’ll be photographing someone who isn’t used to being in front of the camera, so you need to make them feel comfortable with everything that’s going on and draw something out of them that’s about who they are.”
For many years now, Scott has been sharing his passion for photography here at PSC as one of the teachers of our part time advanced diploma course.
“I love teaching photography because I think photography is a craft and the skills need to be held. The best camera in the world can’t take the best photo, it relies on the photographer. There’s a language of communication that needs to be taught, so the image can be successful. I really believe that good photography interprets.”
Our part time advanced diploma courses are still open for application and have many intakes throughout the year along with various delivery options to suit your schedule. To arrange a tour or make an enquiry, you can contact PSC on (03) 9682 3191 or via our website.
Earlier in December, our talented teacher Hoda Afshar was featured in Der Greif #9 and was given the opportunity to write numerous blog entries on contemporary photography.
Be sure to check out the magazine and online blog entries here.
It’s been a busy month here at PSC! Last Tuesday night, we opened our annual PSC End of Year Exhibition. In addition to our exhibition opening, our students and teachers have been part of a huge range of exhibitions over the past month including Always Already, PSCinema, our second year bachelor photobook exhibition, the CCP Salon, Fresh16 and Hoda Afshar’s In the exodus, I love you more.
We’re always so proud to see our students and teachers constantly achieve great things in the local and worldwide photographic community! Over the coming weeks, we will be featuring a range of students, graduates and teachers who have been achieving great things in our industry as well as those who have been working hard on their own personal projects.
Numerous students featured in our End of Year Exhibition have images for sale on our PSC Photo Sales page. If you’d like the opportunity to own a piece of the amazing work produced by our students, be sure to check it out!
Last week, you heard from some of our students who have just finished their first year in the Bachelor Degree course, now meet the teachers!
Sarina Lirosi / @sarina_lirosi on Instagram
Sarina is a visual artist with extensive exhibiting experience. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and was represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery between 1994-2001.
Over the years she has also been invited to exhibit in both curated and group shows, including an exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery and a curated show at the Immigration Museum Melbourne.
Sarina has been a finalist in many award exhibitions including the National Works on Paper prize at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, and the Hutchins Art Prize in Hobart. Sarina has also been the recipient of a number of grants including a work development grant from the Australia Council.
Sarina’s practice centers around photography and mixed media, and explores the absurdity of being human.
Craig Wetjen / @cwetch on Instagram
Craig has worked in the photographic industry for 30 years. So far his career highlights are shooing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories documenting the Mars Pathfinder and Cassini satellite projects, styling and shooting food photography in Seattle USA.
Craig has exhibited at Court House Arts (Geelong) in 2012 & 2013, Ballarat Foto Biennale in 2013 & 2015, a featured exhibitor at the Head On Photo Festival in 2015 and is currently exhibiting at University Hospital Geelong.
In 2013, Craig was inducted as a National Ambassador for Beyond Blue for his work with his Men and their Sheds book project, which aims to increase awareness of men’s mental health.
Roland Dempster / @rolandjdempster on Instagram
Roland graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) and a Bachelor of Education (Media) at Deakin University in 2009 and began working as a freelance photographer.
In 2012 he received a Master of Communication from RMIT, in which his thesis explored how formal aesthetics shape the way we read photojournalistic images.
Roland currently teaches Camera Craft & Digital Photographic Practice at Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne. Roland continues to freelance for a variety of clients, producing a range of architectural, event and lifestyle work.
Currently, Roland is also rededicating himself to his artistic pursuits and working on a range of projects exploring how our perception of the world can be influenced by colour and abstraction.
Anat Cossen / @anat_cossen on Instagram
Anat is a commercial photographer and production manager, who also maintains her art practice. Her work has been shown at Edmund Pearce Gallery (Melbourne), Open space gallery (Melbourne), Jewish museum (Melbourne) and Tel-Hai Museum of Art (Israel).
In 2013 Anat was invited to give an artist talk at the photographic biennale in Bendigo. Anat mentored students at Hadassah College, Jerusalem (1998) and has worked as a trainer for a number of photographic studios and printing labs in Melbourne (2000-2003) before started lecturing at Photography Studies College in 2009.
Anat’s work explores change and transition in time and place.
Last Thursday night, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) held their annual Salon exhibition. The CCP Salon is open to all photographic artists and practitioners to enter and, as usual, we were blown away by the quality of the work.
The CCP Salon for 2016 is running until the 17th of December at CCP in Fitzroy, so be sure to take the time to check out the vast array of quality work.
Last Thursday night, our teacher Hoda Afshar opened her exhibition’ In the exodus, I love you more’ at Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda.
It was a hugely successful night! It was great to see so many people coming out to support Hoda and see her new series of work.