The Image Makers – Ross Coulter

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
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.

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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.

Vale Barry Thompson

Vale Barry Thompson

15.12.1944 – 2.4.2015

Unfortunately we have some very sad news. Our much loved teacher and Industry Liaison Coordinator Barry Thompson passed away just on Easter after a long illness.

He was such a loved and respected teacher here at PSC for more than 20 years – always so full of pizzaz and creative spirit!

He introduced PSC’s Industry Mentor Program and worked tirelessly to link students to the photography industry. He was passionate about assisting students to develop their careers and maintained ongoing links with our graduates and the industry.

His art and art practice was an essential part of his creative life as was his teaching and his connection with students  – it was so integral to who he was.

It’s a very sad time for all of us particularly those staff who worked so closely with Barry for so many years, and all our many students and graduates.

PSC is hosting a Memorial Service to celebrate his life. This will be held next Thursday 16 April 2015, at St John’s Southgate, 20 City Road, Southbank 3006, commencing at 11am with refreshments to follow afterwards at PSC, 65 City Road, Southbank. All welcome. At Barry’s request – wear something red.

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The Image Makers – Ahmad Salman

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 24 April 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

PSC students, graduates and the general public are invited to attend our Image Makers seminar with Ahmad Salman.

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Image from: ‘Tanah Yang Hilang’ (The Lost Lands) by Mamuk Ismuntoro

We are delighted to welcome Ahmad Salman, an independent photo editor and curator from Jakarta to discuss contemporary Indonesian photography. Ahmad is the founder of Buku Fotografi Indonesia (Photobook Club Indonesia), a venue for the exchange of information for photographers, publishers & Indonesian photobook enthusiasts. Buku Fotografi Indonesia is active in a number of ways through the development and promotion of photobooks – by Indonesian photographers; about Indonesia by non-Indonesian photographers; and works/academic studies on Indonesian photography. Especially for PSC Ahmad has curated a special selection of contemporary photography from Indonesia, and will be discussing the past, present and future of Indonesian photography. This is Ahmad’s first visit to Melbourne and we are very happy to be his hosts.

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

Students Learn to Communicate Without Speech

Working as a photographer often requires the use of body and sign language to help create rapport and communicate successfully. This is especially true when working with people who don’t speak the same language as us or with people with a disability. In both cases it is not sufficient to use only speech as a tool for communication.

In a workshop run by Erin Levesque from Milparinka, second year Advanced Diploma students learn what it feels like not be able to use speech to communicate. They followed this experience with exercises on how to use sign language and gesture to help overcome such communication barriers.

This workshop was part of a subject called: ‘Establish Photographer/Client Relations.’ In this subject students learn, through practice and theory, about how to successfully fulfill a brief. They do so by being paired with non-for-profit organisations in their community. This often requires students working with people with disability or people with English as their second language. There is also an emphasis on social documentary photography and the importance of empathy and communication in practicing as a social documentary photographer.

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Images L-R: Flo experiencing what it feels like to try and communicate with Bianca without using speech; Erin introducing the Makaton sign cards for students to communicate with each other; the different gestures and their meaning; Erin talking about how sign language relates to photography; Harrison, Laura and Justice performing a clap as used by the deaf population; Roland (teacher) presenting his sign language sentence; Harrison presenting his sentence.

PSC Teacher Wins Australia’s Biggest Photography Prize

PSC is delighted to announce that Bachelor of Photography teacher Hoda Afshar has won the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. From 2500 entries the judges shortlisted 44 images to be exhibited at the NPG in Canberra. The exhibition opened last Friday and will be on display until the 8th June and will then travel to galleries all over Australia.

The winning image is from a series called ‘The Smell of Narenj’ that Hoda made during a recent trip to her country of birth, Iran. The photographs in this series reflect her personal view on contemporary Iranian society—a country whose reality is often either misrepresented, or hidden behind a heavy curtain. Hoda’s photographs do not claim to expose this reality; they are merely an attempt to capture the Iran that she knows — a knowledge that has been affected by the sense of nostalgia created through the distance caused by her migration to Australia. Her work deals with the impact of Iran’s complex history in the uncertain contemporary conditions of political life in Iran.

Hoda moved to Australia in 2007 and pursued her passion for photography. In 2010 she started a Masters in Fine Art at Curtin University and expanded her research into a PhD programme. Her work investigates the discourses around contemporary social issues including globalization, imperialism and power relations, displacement and post-identity politics. Her artwork also attempts to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration.

We are very proud of Hoda, a valued member of the PSC family, this is a great achievement that situates her at the forefront of contemporary photography in Australia.

Congratulations Hoda!

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‘Portrait of Ali’ by Hoda Afshar (2014) – Winner of National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

We are delighted to announce that Bachelor of Photography lecturers Ying Ang, Hoda Afshar & Katrin Koenning have all been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (first prize is worth $20,000). Being recognised in this prestigious national prize places our wonderful lecturers amongst the best in contemporary photography in Australia. Congratulations!

Winners will be announced later this month and the exhibition will be on display from 28 March – 31 May 2015 at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

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The Flying Dutchman in Blue’ (Coogee 2) – Image by 2014 Award Winner Shaun Gladwell

The Image Makers – Louis Porter

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank

Thursday 12 March 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our first Image Makers seminar for 2015!

Image from, The Anatomy of Business

Louis Porter is a British photographer based between London and Melbourne. His work melds social commentary with an interest in the archive and public space. He has exhibited throughout Australia including: The NGV, Stills Gallery, Australian Centre of Photography and Centre for Contemporary Photography.

He was the 2013 Arts Victoria fellow at the Berlin Zentrum Für Kunst und Urbanistiks  (ZK/U) and the Australia China Council artist during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. His work has also been shown at several international festivals including: The Brighton Photography Biennial, The Noorderlicht Festival (NL) , Copenhagen Photography Festival and SiFest (IT).

His work has been recently featured in The British Journal of Photography, Foam Magazine, The Aperture Photobook Review and Fotgraf Magazine.

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

PSC Orientation 2015

We have had a great first week in the full time program, welcoming our new students and catching up with the second and third year students after the summer break.

The semester started on Monday with Orientation Day and our annual lunchtime BBQ by the Yarra. We didn’t let the unexpected showers dampen our spirits and carried on our conversations under the bridge! The first year Bachelor and Advanced Diploma of Photography students worked on a special phone photography project. We enjoyed seeing their creative interpretations of the secret briefs.

Classes continued throughout the week and we celebrated the end of week one with  a pizza feast! Welcome and welcome back we are excited to share the creative journey with you in 2015!

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Check out more photos from Orientation on our Facebook page!

Welcome to PSC Ying Ang!

We have welcomed a few new members to the PSC community in 2015. One of them is award-winning photographer Ying Ang.

Based between Melbourne, Singapore and New York, Ying Ang is a photographer of the social, personal and contemporary landscape. Ying has exhibited widely in group and solo shows from New York to Arles, with a full portfolio of her most current project, ‘Gold Coast’, housed in the permanent collection of the Sagamihara City Museum in Japan. She graduated as valedictorian for the 2009-2010 class of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Centre of Photography, New York. She has garnered a wide range of of international awards and was a participant in the Reflexions Masterclass of 2011-2013.

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Ying teaches regular workshops in photography in New York, Melbourne and various international photography festivals specializing in photography books, with her most recent achievements as:

  • Winner of the New York Photo Festival book prize for 2014
  • Winner of the Encontros Da Imagem book prize for 2014
  • Finalist for Photobook Melbourne’s Australian Photobook of the Year 2015
  • Listed by Flak Photo, Lensculture, Voices of Photography, Mark Power, Asia Pacific Photobook Archive and Self Publish Be Happy in their top photobooks of 2014

Welcome Ying!

Ying is taking over the PSC Instagram for the next week so make sure you follow @pscmelb and say hello!