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!


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

The Image Makers – Yervant Zanazanian

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Friday 27 March 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our Image Makers seminar with Yervant Zanazanian.

Yervant Zanazanian poster

Yervant is a master craftsman, his experience and abundant knowledge of photography stems from early childhood as he watched and learnt from his father who was royal photographer to the Emperor of Ethiopia (East Africa). Yervant mastered not only capture but also darkroom techniques from a very early age and became an early pioneer in digital imaging.

Yervant’s signature style in his capture is internationally recognised and he has maintained a leading role in creating new trends within the traditional world of wedding photography for over 25 years. His work is best described as ‘Fashion meets Wedding’. Yervant is a sought after educator and presenter at photography conferences globally.

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

LOUIS PORTER makes flying visit to PSC

Last night PSC had the great pleasure of welcoming Louis Porter to talk about his work.
Louis entertained a packed audience with his candid and intelligent descriptions of his projects and working processes. Louis works across both documentary photography and the use of found images and objects – creating what he calls his ‘Small Conflict Archive’. He also spoke about his commercial work, his photobook publishing experience and the importance of collaboration as a contemporary photographer. Louis is currently based in the UK, and is only in town for a few days, so we are very grateful to him for making the time to come chat to the PSC community.

Louis’ work has been widely exhibited throughout the UK, England, Canada, Austria, China and Australia including exhibitions at the Monash Gallery of Art, Stills Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the NGV in Melbourne. 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). In 2012 he established his own publishing imprint ‘Twenty Shelves’, its first publication ‘The Anatomy of Business’, won the inaugural Most Beautiful Books Prize – Australia/New Zealand 2013, and his next publication ‘Conflict Resolution’ was shortlisted at the Kassel Fotobook Festival, 2013. He is a part of the Artists Book Collective (ABC).
Thanks for dropping by Louis!!!

Found out more about Louis –

Louis Porter 1

Louis Porter (left) with Daniel Boetker-Smith, BA Course Coordinator at PSC

Louis Porter 2

PSC Weekly Wrap

STUDENT: Elma Gradascevic, Final year, Part time
ASSIGNMENT: Work in progress – folio concept
COMMENT: The photo was taken at Chelsea beach, I live two doors from the beach so I consider it my backyard. it is my surrounds and my dress, I wanted a personal self portrait for myself that links with self identity.  I prefer portraits that don’t show me, but suggests it is me.  I consider myself a spiritual person and this photo embodies that for me.

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Great industry support

Thanks to industry for their generous support at the Graduation for the class of 2012 and congratulations to all our industry award winners!

Ian van der Wolde from the AIPP with Tinkara Trcek awarded for conceptual excellence and photographic innovation

Rob Anderson Chair of the ACMP with ACMP award winner Danielle Allison for excellence throughout the course

Julie Moss PSC Managing Director with Adobe award winner Beth Nott for high achievement, originality and commitment throughout the course

Jenny Heron, Julie Moss with Gavin Blue representing Heartfelt and the award for using photography to make a difference, awarded to Emma Costabile

Julie Moss with the Peter Petty Memorial Award winner for technical and aesthetic excellence in landscape photography Adrian Dennett

Well done to all first years students

Well done to all PSC first year students for presenting your second semester folios!! PSC teacher Bill Bachman has captured some of the fabulous work by the students.
Congratulations again to all the first year students and we look forward to seeing you at reenrolment. Enjoy your break!


Tien Lam Nguyen with his final prints and the subjects

Amy Pollock creatively shows off an image from her latest series

Oliver Dauncey during his presentation to the panel of first year teachers

Annica Nordlund

Darcee Smith

Emily Loghnan