Bill Bachman Gets Published in Australian Geographic’s 130th Edition

Bill Bachman, co-ordinator of the Photojournalism Major at PSC, recently had his work featured in the 130th edition of Australian Geographic magazine. From its founding in 1986 by Dick Smith, the journal quickly became Australia’s foremost geographical magazine. Known for it high quality writing, photography, illustration and cartography, the publication’s brief has always been to celebrate Australia’s best in the areas of landscape, natural history, science, industry and people. It has also faithfully maintained a strong focus on adventure and exploration.

Bill contributed a photograph to the very first issue more than 30 years ago and went on to become a favorite among the magazine’s regular contributors, shooting more than 25 features over as many years.

Bill Bachman is Featured in the Australian Geographic. Click the image to see more.

Bill Bachman is Featured in the Australian Geographic. Click the image to see more.

(Reproduced courtesy of Australian Geographic, © Bauer Media Group 2015)

He has long been a keen explorer of the Australian way of life in his own right, having written and photographed articles for a number of other magazines both here and overseas. He has also produced books such as Off The Road Again, a photographic diary of his outback travels, Special Delivery, a light-hearted look at Australia’s roadside art, The Murray River and the international best-seller Local Colour: Travels in the Other Australia, a thematic look at life beyond the urban fringe.

By Australian Geographic editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick

By Australian Geographic editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick

For the most recent edition of Australian Geographic he travelled to King Island to revisit a feature he shot in 2009. The accompanying excerpt from “Every Picture Tells a Story: 30 Years of AG Photography” by editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick makes note of Bill’s special relationship with the magazine. We’re delighted to have Bill as a key member of the PSC teaching team!

PSC Photojournalism Student Peter Williams Accompanies Michael Coyne to Vietnam

On the Road with Peter Williams

On the Road with Peter Williams

In the month of November (2015) PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne was set to go on a trip to Vietnam for his project on Villagers. As part of the photojournalism class that Michael mentors, he offered students a chance to accompany him to see what it’s like to be on location as a photojournalist, for one week.

While this was brewing, Fujifilm was in the process of selecting 100 photographers around the world to test their latest X – Series camera, known as the ‘X-Pro2‘ which was just launched on the 15th of January 2016. Michael was chosen as one of the 100 photographers, who would then have his work exhibited around the world as part of Fujifilm’s campaign.

By Michael Coyne

By Michael Coyne

Peter Williams, a photojournalism student in the Advanced Diploma course, was the first to contact Michael about the trip to Vietnam and was consequently selected. He readied himself for an experience of a lifetime, shortly after travelling to Bali where he documented people in the non-profit organisation, ‘Solemen‘.

By Peter Williams

By Peter Williams

Accompanying Michael Coyne was a remarkable experience for Peter, who received one-on-one mentoring  throughout the week. He felt that the trip went by quickly, as he was always on the go, heading to the north-western mountain ranges of Sapa, from the bustling city of Hanoi. During his trip, Peter sought the opportunity of capturing his experience by creating his own photography series, as well as a documentary about Michael Coyne’s journey in Sapa.

Here’s a teaser of the video which will be released soon.

Peter Williams was thrilled to have such an opportunity with Michael. At PSC we regard international exposure as an important facet for enriching the vision of our students. With events like the Obscura Festival and a photography trip to Iran coming up this year, we are excited to hear about the various experiences our students will have.

On the other hand, Michael’s images are being showcased in the Fujifilm X World Photo Gallery – a travelling exhibition which is currently in Tokyo. Fujifilm celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Fujifilm’s X-Series Camera this year and we’re proud that Michael Coyne has the honour of representing PSC at such an important worldwide event.

Australian Art Industry Shines the Spotlight on Another PSC Staff Member: Brie Tenerry

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.

Brie Tenery: Total Field Screen Installation at AEAF

Brie Tenery: Total Field Screen Installation at AEAF 

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.

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Brie Tenerry 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.

Brie Tenerry's Installation at AEAF 2015

Brie Tenerry’s Installation at AEAF 2015

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 Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith Gets Chosen By Photo-eye USA

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.
Daniel Boetker Smith at Fresh15

Daniel Boetker Smith at Fresh15

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.
Students and guests looking at photobooks at PSC's End of the Year Exhibition

Students and guests looking at photobooks at PSC’s End of the Year Exhibition

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.

Louisa Bufardeci’s Series Purchased by NGV

Congratulations to Louisa Bufardeci, one of our very talented teachers at PSC for not only holding a solo exhibition last month, but having her entire series purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria.


Louisa for PSC

Louisa’s series ‘The Sea Between A and I’, is an ongoing project, from which eight ‘needlepoints’ were exhibited at the Anna Schwartz Gallery. The needlepoints reflect the space between Indonesia and mark the coordinates of eight tragedies that have occurred on the Indian ocean. Louisa incorporated new technology from Google Earth to base her image on. The series touches upon a very topical issue related to the journey of people who travel across the ocean to Australia, often falling victim to maritime disasters:

“This work reflects on the asylum seekers lost in the sea between Australia and Indonesia.  I found the media reports on the issue had become increasingly abstract — less information about the number of people drowned, less information about where they were from, less information about whether they were men or women, young or old, and less information about why they were risking the journey.”

Artwork by Louisa Bufardeci

Artwork by Louisa Bufardeci

The project covers a mix of different media; photographs, video, drawings and the use of fibreglass screens with needlepoints on them. Materials used are subject to interpretation.

Artwork by Louisa Bufardeci

Artwork by Louisa Bufardeci

Artwork by Louisa Bufardeci

Artwork by Louisa Bufardeci

“I am very happy for the work.  It gives me great pleasure to know that art reflecting this serious topic is deemed valuable by our main cultural institution.” – Louisa Bufardeci

We are so glad that our teachers play such prominent roles in the arts industry. Our students get the best exposure and real-world experience as a result of learning from talented, practicing professionals.

‘A Country Big Enough to Disappear In’ – Katrin Koenning Gets Featured

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.

Yen Magazine Cover Dec 2015

Yen Magazine Cover Dec 2015

 

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.

 

Image: Katrin Koenning

Image: Katrin Koenning

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!

Wins for PSC at CCP Salon 2015!

The PSC campus is abuzz with the wonderful news of our two students Lucie McGough and Elli Bardas winning awards at the CCP Salon 2015.  Celebrating 23 years of Australian contemporary photography, the exhibition had 29 categories of awards with a large number of photographers from all over the country who were nominated.

CCP 2015

CCP 2015

The panel of judges comprised of Arlo Mountford, Katrina Sedgwick (Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Pippa Milne (CCP Curator) and Naomi Cass (CCP Director). They unanimously selected Lucie for the Best Fashion Work award and Elli for the ‘Sun Studios Excellence in Colour’ Award.

Lucie McGough's Image (Best Fashion Work Award Winner)

Image: Lucie McGough

Image: Elli Bardas

Image: Elli Bardas

We also want to congratulate our PSC PrintShop external customers who took out awards at the CCP Salon: Frances Valentine for ‘Adobe Most Conceptual Use of Digital Media’, Matt Portch for ‘JCP Studios and Fini Frames Best Landscape’ and Agata Mayes for ‘Kayell Best Commercial Work’.

Image: Frances Valentine

Image: Frances Valentine

Image: Agata Mayes

Image: Agata Mayes

Image: Matt Portch

Image: Matt Portch

PSC PrintShop’s Peter Hatzipavlis played a crucial role in the development of these award winning images, providing his high level of expertise as our prime print specialist.

We are happy about the high quality and standard we see in our students’ work and feel proud of their achievements, especially when their talents and levels of dedication are recognised by the wider industry. The CCP Salon was a wonderful opportunity for PSC students to network and receive great exposure. So many of them participated and exhibited their work, paving the way for a bright career in photography ahead.

CCP Salon 2015

CCP Salon 2015

As in previous CCP Salons, PSC was proud to sponsor the Best Fashion Work Prize, as leading providers in photography education. With our highly acclaimed staff of teachers, printing specialists and studio managers, our prominent role in the Australian photography industry allows us to open opportunities for those who are passionate about the craft. It’s great to see the skills that our students are learning in class, presented in their unique, award-worthy work.

We were honoured to be a part of the CCP Salon 2015 and look forward to getting involved again, next year!

PSC Wins 2015 AIPP Tertiary Institution of the Year

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.

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Managing Director Julie Moss with some of the PSC team

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.

PSC’s Katrin Koenning Named Instagram Icon by Time Inc.

Images by Katrin Koenning, from her famous Instagram account

Images by Katrin Koenning, from her famous Instagram account

Congratulations to PSC teacher Katrin Koenning for being featured in Time for her unique and inspiring work on Instagram!

“I think Instagram is a great space to reach a large audience; it’s a space that is non-elitist and inclusive.For me, it is also a space that allows me to experiment with ideas.” – Katrin Koenning
To celebrate Instagram’s fifth birthday, Time (the world’s largest weekly news publication) asked five influential photographers to share the Instagram accounts they can’t live without. Top photographer Alec Soth named Katrin’s Instagram feed as one of his top five, applauding her for her ‘consistent aesthetic bliss’. Her account is full of rich, stylised and luminescent imagery that has won the attention and appreciation of countless Instagram users.

You may read more about the article in which Katrin was featured, by clicking the image below:

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Katrin teaches the photojournalism major for final year students in our Bachelor of Photography program. She is also a curatorial adviser for Wallflower Photomedia Gallery and her work has been published in Photographers’ Sketchbooks (Thames & Hudson 2014), The Guardian, Marie Claire Magazine, GUP Magazine, FLAK Photo, Humble Arts, Burn Magazine, Firecracker and Der Spiegel. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has won a number of awards including the Troika Editions Format Exposure Prize, the Bowness Photography Prize People’s Choice Award, Australia’s Top Emerging Documentary Photographer, a National Geographic Award and the JGS Award by the Forward Thinking Museum. Katrin regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally, including at festivals such as the Athens Photo Festival, PhotoIreland, New York Photo Festival (US), Noorderlicht (NL), FORMAT (GB), Voies Off (FR), Gijon Photojournalism Festival (E), Athens Photo Festival (GR) and PhotoIreland (IRL).

It’s wonderful to have such influential and talented people as part of the community at PSC.  We look forward to more posts from Katrin!
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A Day with the PSC Photojournalism Class

Creative lighting on location was theme-of-the-month for Advanced Diploma Photojournalism majors in August.

Bianca Chisari and Ashleigh Wong photograph volunteer model Jacinta Revell at Southbank with assistance from tutor Nico Bernardi.

 

On Thursday August 20 Scott McNaughton served up some of the creative environmental portraits he produces day in and out for The Weekly Review and other Fairfax suburban publications. Age features specialist Simon Schluter followed with a slide show that included portraits lit with everything from seven speedlights to a data projector, car headlights and a burning rope soaked in kerosene.

Both photographers also conducted a show-and-tell with their location lighting kits. Simon Schluter’s most useful accessory? Gaffer tape, and plenty of it. Scott’s current addiction? Coloured gels. Best home-made snoot for a speedlight? Cut the bottom out of a neoprene stubby holder.

The entire PJ class then got a taste of press life during a full-day location flash workshop on Aug 22, in which they carried out a variety of editorial assignments in the Southbank area, working to mock briefs similar to those carried out by news and feature photographers on a daily basis.

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A number of L2FT and L4FT students, along with several other volunteers, came along to be photographed in the roles of various professionals. Working in pairs, PJ students were given two assignments to complete in three hours, with specific instructions as to location, subject/s and the kind of photographs needed. In all cases the use of off-camera flash was mandatory.

Peter Williams and Amanda Shackleton with “street artists” Aisha Deoliveira and Ellyn Chang (both L2FT) in Hosier Lane.

 

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After editing back at PSC, a slide show of the best work followed the 3:30pm filing deadline, with lively feedback focusing on the quality and creativity of the images and how well they addressed the brief.

[Written by Photojournalism Teacher, Bill Bachman]

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