Astres Noir by Teacher Katrin Koenning is Released

As most of you know, our very talented teacher and coordinator Katrin Koenning is touring Europe, having visited Germany and is now making her way to France to attend the launch of her first book, ‘ASTRES NOIRS‘ (in collaboration with Bangladeshi photographer Sarker Protick) at Le Bal in Paris and at the Les Rencontres d’Arles (the biggest photography festival in the world).

The book has been published by the Paris based publishing company, Chose Communeone of the most exciting photobook publishers in the industry. Fortunately for us at PSC, we have our very own copy of the first edition in The Hub for you to see! Additionally, you can also buy your own copy at:

Managing Director Julie Moss is happy to introduce our very own copy of ASTRES NOIRS to the PSC community, with course director Daniel Boetker Smith and teachers, Hoda Afshar and Pippa Milne

Managing Director Julie Moss is happy to introduce our very own copy of ASTRES NOIRS to the PSC community, with course director Daniel Boetker Smith and teachers, Hoda Afshar and Pippa Milne

Here is what Chose Commune had to say about ASTRES NOIRS:

“Astres noirs is the debut book for both Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick, artists who live thousands of miles apart whose peculiar photographic wanderings create a hauntingly beautiful dialogue. This book presents photographs taken on mobile phone cameras, devices used to capture their everyday in an impulsive and almost obsessional way, documenting life from their doorsteps to far afield.  Their photographs capture the commonplace such as water stains on asphalt, dust clouds and rays of light, and transform these into mesmerising frames – elusive fragments that evoke an imaginary creature, a milky way, a phosphorescent silhouette. Presented together, their combined voices lead us on a journey into unexplored territory, somewhere between the everyday and paranormal, between night and day. Amongst enveloping darkness, lightness is revealed, dazzling and miraculously caught by discerning eyes.”

We are all so proud here at PSC, and look forward to seeing her achieve many many more great things. Here is a sneak preview of the exquisite work in ASTRES NOIRS: 





Katrin’s work is also currently being exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne as part of the ‘CCP Declares: On the Social Contract’ exhibition, curated by another of our lecturers Pippa Milne. Open until the 10th of July.

To find out more about how you can be a part of Photography Studies College (Melbourne), click here.

Lucia Rossi Gets Ready To Teach Part Time Students about Design

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Lucia Rossi, an accomplished visual artist in Australia, is introducing the concepts of composition and design to our latest group of part time students today! The subject covers the most important aspects of visual communication, enabling students to create powerful images that will have a bigger impact on their audiences, as they learn about composing their ideas within the frame. They will be taught about guiding viewers to understand their subject matter in a clearer and stronger manner. Lucia particularly loves teaching the part time group as she feels that their enthusiasm to hone their photography talents often yields great results.

“What I love seeing in the duration of this course is a steep learning curve. Students end up having so much more control over what they’re communicating with their subjects. It’s great to see this level of transformation during this course.”

Lucia believes that the important thing about her class is to enjoy experimenting with subject matter. She highly encourages her students to have fun while learning about the practical and theoretical aspects of design. This class teaches students key elements in photography within the initial 20 week certificate course. To learn more about our part time course click here. We are excited about having a new group of students in our July 4 intake – so come by for a visit and enrol yourself here.

At the PrintShop with Anat Cossen

Most of you have had the honour of meeting or learning from Anat Cossen. Anat is an international visual artist and photography teacher at PSC. Born in Israel and having completed her own studies in photography at Hadassah College (Jerusalem), her amazing talents contribute towards the rich cultural diversity in Melbourne as our students are exposed to a global perspective on styles in visual communication and design. For her upcoming exhibition that will be held at the Red Gallery (Fitzroy) in September, Anat chose to get her photography printed by the finest master printer she knows; Peter at the PrintShop @ PSC.

Here’s a glimpse of her work with her words about photography:

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Image by Anat Cossen

“Peter at the Print Shop has been always very helpful and willing to assist me with any part of the printing process; from file prep and scanning to proofing and finalising prints. Over the past few years Peter printed my work for presentations as part of my Masters degree and gallery exhibitions.”

Image by Anat Cossen

Image by Anat Cossen

“At the moment I’m working on a project I shot over summer in collaboration with the fabulous Sarina Lirosi. The project shot on film and is now in a process of scanning and preparing to print. It will be exhibited at Red Gallery in Fitzroy in September.”

Image by Anat Cossen

Image by Anat Cossen

“The most notable affect photography had on my life is that it increased my perception and recognition of fleeting moments. Life became a cinematic journey, like a theatre production where events unfold and reveal themselves. I became an observer and learnt to appreciate my surroundings.”

We are excited to see Anat’s collaboration with Sarina come to life on the walls of the Red Gallery. The PSC community is extremely fortunate to have such creative and productive practicing artists on campus. Feel free to contact us about how you can be a part of the PSC experience and click here to get more details about the PrintShop @ PSC.

Gaining Success in Photojournalism While Studying at PSC


Justice Cameron
is currently in her 3rd year of being at PSC and is seeing wonderful success as a freelance photojournalist. She is regularly approached by news networks on Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10, for her stories.

Before becoming the prolific photographer that she is today, Justice remembers the moment when she realised her love for photography. It was when she received her first camera: ‘There was a big sense of relief, like I finally found something I can be creative in while maintaining my interest in technology’.

Photography by Justice Cameron

Photography by Justice Cameron

Justice joined PSC because of her love for the medium. Although she believed that she possessed enough knowledge of the craft before becoming a student, she was quick to discover that there was a whole new way of thinking in the industry.

‘As soon as I came to PSC I learnt so much. My whole understanding of photography changed within my first year of studies… It helped me to gain an understanding of photojournalism, which I really love. I enjoy being able to capture the ‘decisive moment’ while working with natural light; these are some of the skills I’ve developed and perfected while being at PSC.’

Justice's photography made front page of the Geelong Advertiser

Justice’s photography made front page of the Geelong Advertiser

During her 2nd year of studies, Justice forged connections with photographers at her local newspaper company (the Geelong Advertiser). She applied to News Corp Australia and was accepted into a casual position within the company, doing her training at The Herald Sun. The opportunity allowed her to work with editorial and sports news stories, which opened up her practice in photojournalism and expanded her network in the field even more. As a result of her experience, Justice developed her own unique style in videography as well, which has made her stand out to producers at networks. She now enjoys working for herself and seeing an increase in the number of stories that she either pitches to channels or is requested to cover.

Here are some examples of Justice’s work, which has featured on the social and television networks of famous channels:

PSC is extremely proud of Justice and wishes her all the best in the future, as she aspires to join news networks as a full time photojournalist after graduating. To stay up to date with Justice’s work, follow her Instagram channel @justicecameron_newsimagery & @justicecameronphotography. Find out more about our full time and part time degree or diploma courses here

PSC’s Pippa Milne and Katrin Koenning at CCP Declares: On The Social Contract

Pippa Milne, PSC teacher and curator for the Centre for Contemporary Photography, has curated the upcoming exhibition, CCP Declares exhibition: On The Social Contract, which will be opening at 6pm on Thursday 26th of May. 

Image by Mohini Chandra Untitled from Kikau Street 2015-16, from CCP's website

Image by Mohini Chandra Untitled from Kikau Street 2015-16, from CCP’s website

The exhibition will feature important work by award winning photographers such as Katrin Koenning (PSC teacher), Miriam Charlie, Pilar Mata Dupont, Elvis Richardson, Mohini Chandra, Tom Nicholson and Cherine Fahd. Pippa was inspired by these artists, who create work that looks at how society works and portray their understandings of the various rules of engagement between citizens, the state and the environment. The subject matter is particularly relevant to contemporary society as we feel the contracts and agreements between us stretch and (sometimes) break.

Image by Katrin Koenning from her series, 'The Crossing'

Image by Katrin Koenning from her series, ‘The Crossing’

Katrin’s series ‘The Crossing’ delves into the ‘fractured relationship’ between man and environment. Printed by ThePrintShop @ PSC, Katrin will reveal, for the first time in Melbourne, a first instalment of the larger, long-form work. Following on from her recent exhibition of the work at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney as part of ‘Transfer‘, which also saw her steer a series of educational engagements in collaboration with ACP. Her exhibition here in Melbourne is a much anticipated event.

Images by Katrin Koenning from her series, 'Indefinitely'.

Images by Katrin Koenning from her series, ‘Indefinitely’.

Katrin ‘s work ‘Indefinitely’ is currently featuring in a solo show at The Lost Ones Gallery in Ballarat (re-opening on June 1 – June 19). Her ‘Dear Chris’ series will be on show at Verge Gallery in Sydney soon (June 3 – 25),  and ‘The Crossing’ is also currently featuring as part of Noorderlicht Festival ‘Arena’, Netherlands. In addition to this, her first book ‘Astres Noirs’ (in collaboration with Sarker Protick) is due to be published this June by French publisher Chose Commune, and will be launched at Le Bal (Paris) and Les Rencontres D’Arles Festival in July. Pre-orders can be made at

We’re proud of Pippa’s achievement with the curation of ‘CCP Declares: On The Social Contract’, and excited about Katrin’s work continuing to be in the spotlight of our industry. The PSC community is delighted to work with such exceptional staff who continue to guide and inspire our students everyday.

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Carmen Reflects upon Her 10 Years of being at PSC

Carmen Edwards

Carmen Edwards

Carmen is PSC’s wonderful communications and students coordinator. She started working at PSC ten years ago this week and has a sea of experiences and memories to reflect on. Carmen is a major pillar of support for students in their academic and life matters, and is also a patron of the work produced at PSC having taken the opportunity to purchase many pieces of work created by students at our exhibitions. Here are some words about her past ten years at the college:

“One of the highlights of working at PSC is the joy of students discovering their passion for photography and excelling in it. To see a student start the course with relatively no photography skills, to push through and gain confidence, to persevere and succeed – it’s such a privilege to share that journey with them. I’ve learnt that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams, thanks to working with our part time students. When I see them reaping the rewards of their hard work, it reinforces how important it is to follow your passion and do what you love.

I started at PSC as a temp filling in at reception, within the fortnight I was a full time employee and soon after moved into the front of house supervisor and director’s p.a role. After a vacancy came up with a staff member going on maternity leave, I moved departments into the role of student relations officer. After about 2 years in this position, I was appointed into my current role of communications and students coordinator.

When I started at PSC we were still using analogue processes and darkrooms. I’ve been here during the transition from analogue to digital photography and witnessed the constant evolution at PSC as technology continues to develop. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the successes that the students and college has had, especially in the recent years with the consecutive industry accolades. There has been a growing number of award winning students as we’ve become a nationally recognised success story. My prediction is to watch this space as PSC and our students become an international success story! I’ve met many inspiring people, artists and photographers through PSC and made such wonderful friendships that I now treasure.

I’ve learnt so much from my mentors here, especially my director, and I’ve been able to collect a plethora of fond memories and experiences through all the fun times we’ve had amongst the students and staff. My final comment would be to quote Earl Nightingale – “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” That’s so true!”

Feel free to have a chat with Carmen whenever you’re around our campus. Learn more about part time studies here.

Creating Conversations with Ying Ang : Sneak Preview of Obscura ’16

Ying Ang, teacher at PSC and the International Center of Photography (New York), has traveled extensively throughout her life. Moving between Singapore and various cities in Australia from the age of 10, the idea of packing her bags, immersing herself cultures so unfamiliar to her and having to learn new languages, doesn’t daunt her. In fact it has influenced her greatly in terms of who she is as a photographer.

Ying Ang

Most recently, she visited the charming city of Wellington to showcase her award winning photobook, ‘Gold Coast’ at Photobook New Zealand 2016. She was also invited to this festival as a keynote speaker where she talked about her photobooks and working with others to further promote the publication of this exciting movement in photography. 

“I was interested to see the diversity in story telling via the photo book medium at Photobook NZ. The new narratives that are emerging in the photo book are sophisticated and embracing of greater visual literacy that stems from the dissemination of photo imagery via the internet.”


Ying Ang presenting her talk at Photobook NZ 2016

Ying Ang presenting her talk at Photobook NZ 2016

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Ying Ang has exhibited her work in practically every corner of the world since 2005 and is a member of the MJR creative (a dynamic photography collective comprising of international creatives). With her next big assignment as lead curator of the print exhibition at the Obscura Festival of Photography (Penang, August 2016) – the most influential photography festival in Asia Pacific – she aims to create a conversation that is relatable and socially relevant. 

“The majority of photographers at Obscura are based in Asia Pacific – a region which doesn’t see a lot of physical works of people from America and Europe. There’s an opportunity to introduce a conversation to people who are largely involved with telling stories based on what they think are socially relevant issues. After setting up an initial framework of concepts, we settled on ‘Pangea’ as the theme for the print exhibition.”

With her background in documentary photography, Ying is interested in subject matter or conversations about post-colonial issues, rifts between populations of the world as a result of the ‘drawing of borders’ in history, the uneven nature of globalisation and how the separation of ideologies has impacted the world’s biggest refugee crisis since WWII. 

Image by Ying Ang from her series 'Abandon Hope'

Image by Ying Ang from her series ‘Abandon Hope’

Pangea will be an exhibition that highlights stories voiced by photographers who have focused their work on related themes. To Ying, the most important aspect of curating Pangea was to make sure that selected photographers were fluent in their particular language of photography. They had to be experts on the subject or theme they were photographing. 

PSC students, staff and guest speakers at Obscura 2015

PSC students, staff and guest speakers at Obscura 2015

PSC is largely involved in the Obscura festival, with our 2nd year students having the wonderful opportunity to participate in the event every year. Ying has noticed that students who travel to Penang immerse themselves in a variety of discussions and cultures, often bringing those elements back to their classrooms when they return to Melbourne. 

“Students have a huge experience at the Obscura festival, marking a big change in their personal creative spheres of what they understand about their practice in a larger photography world.”


Image by Myra Davidson from Penang 2015

Image by Myra Davidson from Penang 2015

Image by Sebastian Corvi from Penang 2015

Image by Sebastian Corvi from Penang 2015

Upon being asked about her life as a photographer and curator, Ying feels that as a photographer one becomes an expert of a very specific part of the world – it’s like writing a thesis on a particular subject. On the other hand, she likens the experience of being a curator to dipping into a well of knowledge and putting a larger idea together. 

Image by Ying Ang (Instagram) of her time at a photobook masterclass

Image by Ying Ang (Instagram) of her time at a photobook masterclass

Ying is looking forward to another year of attending the Obscura Festival. She feels that the festival does a great job of creating an environment of education with a focus on panel discussions and workshops. She is excited about creating a larger dialogue for issues of importance, with photography. We wish her the best of luck with curating Pangea and will post updates about PSC’s journey at the Obscura Festival. 

Conceptualising a Women’s Day Exhibition with Julie Wajs

Teacher and head curator at PSC, Julie Wajs takes a fresh approach to curating an exhibition for one of the most important days of the year. For our ‘Women in Photography’ focus this month, she gives us an insight into the care taken to organise ‘Our Stories… Our Vision…’ . This is a celebration of International Women’s Day with works selected by PSC’s talented pool of female photographers. These are currently being exhibited at the Queen Victoria Women’s centre.

Here are Julie’s thoughts about the event and her approach to curating the exhibition:

For International Women’s Day our exhibition at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre had to be a selection of work by our female students across different majors of the college. It’s always good to have a bit of a mix in the scheme of things stylistically, especially in such a public space that has a historical aspect to it. We were very conscious of the fact that the centre supports women in all areas of life; both politically and emotionally, and the work chosen for this had to be reflective of that. There’s always a sense of responsibility when putting any exhibition together – you definitely have to be sensitive to the space you’re in.

By Elena D San Roman

By Elena D San Roman

Selecting some of the bigger pieces of work by students and graduates, the subject matter in each series deals with personal, political and fashion-related issues in some way, mirroring the perspective of women.

Margaret Lim

By Margaret Lim

What makes this exhibition interesting is the fact that it ranges across students who study full time and part time at PSC, which means that we are looking at work produced by a cross section of different generations. It’s a great way to see how a wide age group approaches certain topics differently, or sometimes in very similar ways.

By Emma McEvoy

By Emma McEvoy

I hope those who come to the exhibition are provoked into engaging with the work and having an opinion about them. It’s important for us to get people to think about some of the aspects that these photographs are touching upon.

To be a part of the exhibition, visit the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre on 210 Lonsdale Street, on 9th March at 6pm.  You can hear more about Julie’s process of curating here

Introducing Ilana Rose and Her Exhibition at Magnet Galleries on March 3

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Ilana Rose, professional photographer and photojournalist, is starting a new chapter at PSC as a lecturer. She has worked as a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Herald in the UK, and had recently worked with World Vision as a photographer and field resource advisor. She has spent the last 4 years meeting people in war zones and extreme drought conditions, capturing ‘the unseen’  – a subject that she has revolved her life’s work around. Ilana has always felt passionate about giving people a voice through her photography, further developing her style and niche of focusing on subcultures when she worked for newspapers earlier on in her career.

Image by Ilana Rose

Image by Ilana Rose

Getting into photography in her teens, Ilana was intrigued by the idea of capturing a moment in time and holding it forever. She went on to study graphic design at university, as her parents weren’t too keen on her treading the path of photography (since they were professionals). However, after a year she knew that she had to return to her love of taking photographs. She began her studies in photography and was soon hired by a local suburban newspaper to cover a wide range of stories.

“Everyday was completely different when I started my first job as a photographer. Suburbans are a great training ground for photographers because you have to do absolutely everything.”

Ilana’s career grew, allowing her to branch out to daily national newspapers and starting a studio of her own. She worked on photographs for The Age, working on series that looked at youth culture – subject matter that major publications hardly covered. With her studio photography, she developed an arts based practice, working for art and theatre companies. Ilana has an eclectic portfolio over the years; she has learnt so many things from her various experiences and now looks forward to sharing them with her students at PSC.

Image by Ilana Rose

Image by Ilana Rose

“The idea of nurturing and encouraging emerging photographers at PSC is so exciting. I see my time here as a collaboration, where I’ll be imparting my knowledge to students and learning from them as well.”

Ilana Rose will be showcasing her work with other photographers at the Magnet Galleries with the ‘No Lilies – Women and Work’ exhibition on Thursday, March 3 (6:30pm). The exhibition will be on till April 2nd.

Featuring Part Time Student Amanda Shackleton

Amanda Shackleton recently completed her Advanced Diploma in 2015. Being a part time student at PSC, Amanda was steadfast in securing a variety of assignments for herself within and outside PSC. Last July, she was selected for The Northsider internship, an opportunity organised by PSC teacher Bill Bachman for students every year.  After submitting a folio of work comprised of images she created at PSC and for external clients, Amanda had the chance to meet the photo-editor of The Northsider who then offered her the internship.

Image by Amanda Shackleton

Image by Amanda Shackleton

The Northsider is a local – community paper that features the culture and life of Melbourne’s northern suburbs. During her internship so far, Amanda has had the chance to cover portraits of different people and various local businesses (such as cafes and restaurants). She was also fortunate to shoot photographs for a feature on cerebral palsy, with the Cerebral Support Network in Preston. On top of this, the paper published her article about ‘The Humble Dumpling’. This was an assignment she had prepared for PSC, which then was chosen by The Northsider.

Image by Amanda Shackleton

Image by Amanda Shackleton

According to Amanda, the internship exposed her to different types of briefs and meeting press deadlines. She feels that her experience at PSC has provided the skills needed to meet the briefs at The Northsider.

Image by Amanda Shackleton. Click image to read her article.

Image by Amanda Shackleton. Click image to read her article.

‘We did a lighting on location class with Bill Bachman and Scott McNaughton last year, which was fantastic. I took the skills that I picked up in that class, into my shoots with The Northsider. The class taught me to think on my feet with the equipment I had, and look at ways of using natural light.”

Image by Amanda Shackleton.

Images by Amanda Shackleton.

Amanda also just had her final folio series at PSC, ‘Beer’s Run’ published by Trail Run magazine (January Edition). This is a remarkable photo-essay that Amanda created, after her experience of following runner Aiden Beer’s  100km marathon along The Great Ocean Road trail. Amanda also made a short documentary on this.

We wish Amanda all the best and look forward to seeing further developments in her work.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities at PSC with our part time course options, feel free to contact us.