Meet PSC Teacher Scott McNaughton

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.

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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.”

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 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.”

You can see more of Scott’s work on his Instagram and website.

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.

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Teacher Hoda Afshar Featured by Der Greif

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.

by Hoda Afshar

Exhibition Follow Up

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.

PSC End of Year Exhibition

PSC End of Year Exhibition

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!

Meet the First Year Bachelor Teachers for 2017

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.

by Sarina Lirosi

by Sarina Lirosi


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.

by Craig Wetjen

by Craig Wetjen


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.

by Roland Dempster

by Roland Dempster


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.

by Anat Cossen

by Anat Cossen

CCP Salon 2016

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.

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Many PSC students and teachers entered, with Jo Cripps, a current third-year student, winning the PIC Prize and Sophie Gabrielle and Kelly T winning the PSC sponsored prize!

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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.

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Hoda Afshar ‘In the exodus, I love you more’

 

Last Thursday night, our teacher Hoda Afshar opened her exhibition’ In the exodus, I love you more’ at Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda.

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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.

Hoda with PSC Managing Director Julie Moss / Hoda with PSC course director Daniel Boetker-Smith and PSC teacher Ying Ang.

Hoda with PSC Managing Director Julie Moss / Hoda with PSC course director Daniel Boetker-Smith and PSC teacher Ying Ang.

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Bachelor Degree teacher and artist David Rosetzky has been working closely with Peter from The Printshop@PSC to produce fine-art prints from his new series ‘Paperwork’. David is also working with M. 33 and Sutton Gallery on a limited edition project that will contribute to his book. David’s new full colour book of photographs and photo-collages is to be published by M. 33 and designed by Sweet Polka.

Underscore by David Rosetzky

Underscore by David Rosetzky

For more information, visit click here or email hfrajman@m33.net.au

Katrin Koenning Travelling to Cambodia for Angkor Photo Festival

Our highly talented teacher Katrin Koenning is heading to Cambodia to teach in the Anjali Photo Workshop in December. Run as part of the Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, the Anjalia Photo Workshop is run by a group of volunteers and offered free of charge to the children of the Anjali House. We’re very proud to see Katrin involved in such a wonderful workshop which encourages creativity and self-expression in children. The work created during the workshop is then shown during a special event on Children’s Day. We’re sure Katrin will inspire the children to create some incredible work!

Anjali Photo Workshop

Anjali Photo Workshop (image from Angkor Photo Festival)

Katrin is also involved in a number of other exciting events over the coming months including a solo exhibition of her series Dear Chris in Bangladesh, a photography symposium in Germany, a series of portfolio reviews and her work is currently being exhibited as part of Das Licht der Nacht in Berlin.

All of us at PSC wish Katrin a safe and enjoyable travels and look forward to hearing about her experiences!

Australia’s No 1 Photography College right in the arts hub of Melbourne

 

On Wednesday 31 August 2016 at the national Nikon Australian Professional Photography Awards held in Melbourne, Photography Studies College (Melbourne) took out for the 6th consecutive year the prestigious national award for excellence in photographic education the 2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Australian (AIPP) Australian Tertiary Photography Institution of the Year.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

These major industry awards are held annually, acknowledging excellence and outstanding achievement in photography and bring together professionals, institutions and students Australia wide to compete on the national stage. PSC students’ excellence was clearly on display with their absolutely outstanding work achieving gold distinction, silver distinctions and silver awards!

To add to the award excitement in a further brilliant achievement PSC’s final yearBachelor of Photography Student Tayla Nuss-Soeharto took out the prestigious 2016 AIPP Australian Photography Student of the Year. Tayla was delighted with her award and thanked her talented teachers for encouraging and supporting her to always do her best, allowing her to find her creative voice and produce her award winning series ‘pop, crack, bang’.

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Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

In  a further outstanding success on the night Julie Moss PSC’s Managing Director was acknowledged for her over 30 years of high achievements, contribution and exemplary service in photography and photography education receiving the prestigious AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award. This is an exceptionally important and prestigious honour for an exceptional educator.

“The college is an amazing institution made up of wonderful staff and amazing students. This is a wonderful industry and the AIPP is a wonderful institute so full of passionate, creative people. Its awards system sets standards for professionals and students to aspire to. It’s been a privilege to be a part of it for so long – being able to contribute to the education of photographers through the college has enabled me to give expression three things I’m passionate about: photography, education and community.” – Julie Moss

PSC's managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

PSC’s managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

These awards follow closely PSC’s stunning results as the highest scoring institution for Creative Arts in Australia in the recent Student Experience Survey (SES).  This survey was undertaken as part of the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)www.qilt.edu.au for the Australian Government.

PSC Students and Staff Announced as Finalists for 2016 Bowness Prize

The Monash Gallery of Art, one of Australia’s leading public galleries, has announced the 2016 finalists of the highly sought after photography award, The Bowness Photography Prize. Established to encourage excellence in the art and education of photography, The Bowness Prize judges the work of amateur, emerging and professional photographers across Australia.

This year marks the largest number of PSC students to be selected as finalists for this prestigious national prize.

Amongst our undergraduates we have a spectacular first year student Darren Tan, who has been shortlisted. Hailing from Singapore, Darren is one of our remarkable international students who has shown progress and created award-worthy work. Along with him another Bachelor of Photography student Joanne Cripps (currently in her 3rd year at PSC) was chosen. A photograph from her series ‘When you took me away… because you knew best’ was submitted to the prize, enabling her to get recognition for her photojournalism work – a genre she is currently majoring in.

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Joanne Cripps

Image by Joanne Cripps

We also have two impressive students from the Advanced Diploma cohort who have been selected. Tammy Boyce and Margaret Lim are both studying in the art major and have produced unique, thought provoking work which has caught the attention of the MGA foundation and the Bowness Prize selection panel.

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Elaine Batton

Image by Elaine Batton

The PSC community is additionally proud of the graduates who have also been chosen as finalists. Tim Allen (who studied in the Advanced Diploma, commercial major) and Elaine Batton (winner of the 2005 Fuji industry award for excellence in a commercial folio) clearly exhibit their dedication to the art as photographers who have applied their contemporary skills to their photographic endeavours.

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Mia McDonald

Image by Mia McDonald

Our commitment to learning as well as practice in the field of photography us best exemplified when members of our teaching staff continuously develop their own photography projects and contribute to awards in the art industry. We are thrilled about the news of Michael Warnock and Mia McDonald being selected for the Bowness Prize, and wish them the best of luck with the final judging round, from which winners will be announced on 7 September.

We are also happy about the announcement of Melbourne photographers Matt Portch, Christopher Koller and Peter Hyatt being selected as finalists. They have played an important role as key clients for our Master Printer Peter Hatzipavlis at the PrintShop @ PSC, who has printed their stunning work recently.

This year the judging panel comprises of Fred Schepisi (filmmaker), John Gollings (photographer) and Kallie Blauhorn (director of MGA). We are excited about the outcomes of their final decision and look forward to the Bowness Photography Prize exhibition that will run from 1 September to 16 October. We hope to see you all there and welcome to learn more about our award winning institution here.