Q&A with Professional Fine Art Photographer and PSC Alumnus, Stan Gemlitski

From 'Deconstructing Spaces' by Stan Gemlitski

From ‘Deconstructing Spaces’ by Stan Gemlitski

After pursuing his studies at PSC, alumnus Stan Gemlitski majored in Fine Art Photography and won 3 Silver awards (including a Silver Distinction) at the Australian Professional Photography Awards and the International Loupe Awards in 2013, as well as 2014. Currently working at his own venture ‘Paparazzi.Melbourne‘ doing glamorous wedding photography, Stan continues to build his ‘Spaces’ series, in Melbourne.

Here is our short Q&A with the enterprising photographer, who tells it like it is – especially on the note of establishing your own photography business.

  1. What led you to your style of work (the inspiration behind your choices in style and subject matter)?

Most certainly I would say that my photographic interests lie in the field of wedding photography. The current style that intrigues me and I am enjoying working on is wedding photography with a candid approach, combining art and glamour with the magic of the moment.  The style was inspired by works of the famous Russian painter and photographer Sergey Ivanov.

  1. Why did you choose photography?

Six years ago, I became a Director of the Tibetan Children’s Fund and at that same time purchased my first Nikon camera, so I was able to cover all of the charity events.

Slowly it turned into a life passion. Although I still do a lot of documentary photography and enjoy it, at PSC I’ve been given an opportunity to explore and be guided into many other genres of photography. I had chosen Art as my major to develop my vision and find my style through my final year of study.

  1. What do you miss most about PSC?

Studying at PSC, reminded me of my previous university years, and had allowed me to feel young again. I was very fortunate to meet a lot of great people during my studies and formed genuine friendships.

  1. Was there something you learnt at PSC that had the biggest impact on you, as an artist?

The biggest impact on me as an artist came in my final year, when as a part of the course curriculum I visited Gold Street Studios and learnt about alternative photographic processes. I’m trying to incorporate this into my current work.

  1. What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I’m actively developing my new business Paparazzi.Melbourne https://www.facebook.com/paparazzi.melbourne and I’m also continue working on my Spaces series (www.stangemlitski.com)

  1. Can you advise us on how emerging artists can establish their own photography business?

It is very hard to compete with well-established businesses in the industry, so this is what I’m thinking you should do when starting a new business

  1. Find a niche product or service that nobody offers.
  2. Start small, do trials, don’t put a lot of money at the beginning.
  3. Be flexible, change or adjust direction if needed.
  4. Work hard and don’t give up.
  5. Give back to the community.
See more of Stan's work by clicking the image to his Photosales profile. Buy prints now.

See more of Stan’s work by clicking the image to his Photosales profile. Buy prints now.

To find out more about studying full time at PSC visit: https://www.psc.edu.au/full_time.html 

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.

Simon Schluter 1

Simon Schluter 2



Simon Schluter 3

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.


PJ flash workshop version 3

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]

For more information about our courses and subject outlines visit our Full Time Studies Page.

Ian Kemp’s Turn Around with Photography: Presenting Work at the BIFB

Image by Ian Kemp

Image by Ian Kemp

Currently in the final year of the Advance Diploma under the Photojournalism Major, Ian Kemp was recently selected into the Fringe Program at the BIFB with his eclectic series ‘Scapes’ – a collection of natural and city landscapes from Victoria (Australia) and Biella, Italy.

Ian had turned to photography after a very emotionally shattering experience, as a release to tap into something interesting. Little did he know that this interest of his would yield him so much recognition only a few years after joining PSC. Ian has won awards from the DPReview, The Central Victorian Interclub Photographic competitions and Goldfields Image Makers. He has had his work exhibited at the 8th Pakhenam National Photographic Exhibition, The 40th Warrigal National Photographic Exhibition, the 46th Ballarat National Photographic Exhibition, The Market Art Winter (Castlemaine) and The Centre for Contemporary Photography (Fitzroy); the list just goes on and on!

Ian Kemp with Jeff Moorfoot and Sally Brownbill

Ian Kemp with Jeff Moorfoot and Sally Brownbill, at the BIFB 2015 Opening

Returning from Italy a few months ago, after working as a commercial photographer, Ian is involved with the BIFB in more ways than one, stepping into the busy role of the prime Volunteer Coordinator for the event. Despite his hectic schedule, he sent us his own thoughts about his experience in being selected for the prestigious festival:

“My Scapes series is a collection of landscapes and cityscapes that I have made this year. The landscapes are taken at Mt Hotham, Lake Wendouree and the Grampians and the cityscape is from Biella, Italy. Some of the images are from my semester 1 folio, some from my first exhibition in February this year. I chose the landscape genre because I do not like it very much and wanted to explore the creative possibilities that it might present. I’m not a fan of representational landscapes and so I chose to adopt a painterly technique using textures and referencing the work of Australian Impressionist painters and Fred Williams. I sold a photograph on the first day of the BIFB to someone who, ‘fell in love with [my] beautiful work,’ and that really excited me, I guess that’s the ultimate in feedback, isn’t it? My work is in the Fringe program of the BIFB and this is a part of the Festival that should interest students at PSC; artists have to organise all elements of their exhibition and it is a great way to get their work out into the public domain.”

Visit Ian Kemp’s website to see more of his work: http://www.iankempphotography.com

PSC’s Busy Month of August Continues with the BIFB and Symposium

Amber McCaig: 'Americana'

Amber McCaig: ‘Americana’

As a major festival sponsor of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, PSC gets ready for another season of exhibitions and panel discussions, creating a buzz in the photography industry worldwide.

Our very own Print Shop at PSC has been busy with their sponsor duties printing the works of artists Yurko Dyachyshyn and Amber McCaig (PSC graduate) opening in the BIFB Core Program, along with emerging artist and PSC student Raquel Betiz exhibiting in the Fringe Program this year! The artists chose our own Print Shop thanks to a rich list of clientele and numerous referrals. Printing such large scale work for the various exhibitions required a high level of expertise to transform small images into spanning pieces, using test prints of each photograph to get more clarity in definition and colour. Furthermore, artists had to consult the Print Shop about the choice of paper for their work, to get the perfect look that would allow their subjects to come alive. The Print Shop at PSC is a prized centre for photography printing, playing a major role in our sponsorship of the BIFB 2015.

The BIFB photography festival is held for a month every second year, featuring established and emerging photographers from Australia and around the world – some of whom are graduates and current students of PSC.

During the course of the next week, the PSC blog will be focusing on the stories and works of our graduate students Amber McCaig (winner of the last BIFB Folio Prize), Jenny Hodge and Marie Watt (of the Bachelor Pathway), along with current students Emma Rose, Ian Kemp and Raquel Betiz, plus our first year coordinating teacher of the Advanced Diploma course, Craig Wetjen – who are all being showcased at the BIFB. It is an honour for us to see the developments and achievements of these amazing artists and we look forward to hearing about their experiences at the event.

In addition to playing such an important role during the Biennale, PSC is delighted to host our own Symposium event on the 29th of August, at Ballarat. Laid out for the Symposium is a series of thought-provoking panel discussions, titled ‘Borderless Futures – Reimaging the Citizen’, lead by industry renowned and respected keynote speakers Judy Annear and Nikos Papasterigiadis.


About the Ballarat International Foto Biennale:

Officially established in 2009, the BIFB is one of the most important events in Australia, dedicated to promoting the best photography from the region and beyond. The Core Program in the BIFB presents 21 prominent artists in 7 locations around the quaint town, while The Fringe Program exhibits around 300 emerging artists. The participating venues (totalling to 80 this year), will be bustling with artists at seminars, talks, workshops, competitions, video installations, documentary screenings, book signings and portfolio reviews. The BIFB aims to spark conversations about trends and bountiful opportunities in photography.

To be a part of the huge event, visit the BIFB page and book a place for yourself at the PSC Symposium.

National Geographic’s Jason Edwards Gives PSC Students Career Advice


One of the first Australian photographers to be accepted into the National Geographic, Jason Edwards has been traveling the world, filling up pages of various portfolios with breathtaking stills of wildlife. Deemed as one of the most prolific ‘natural history’ photographers in the world right now, he has won accolades from publications such as BBC Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveller, The New Yorker, not to mention the Australian Geographic Society Pursuit of Excellence Award, as well. Being an ambassador for Tourism Australia and a highly active educator in the fields of environmentalism, indigenous culture and photography, he took some precious time out of his hectic routine to give PSC students career advice, about carving a place for themselves in the dynamic and competitive industry. Students were astonished by their sheer luck of having such a distinguished guest speaker, and received a lot of insight about his workflow process, as well as certain copyright and business strategies to keep in mind. Jason provided information about the World Nomads Photography Competition (that he judges) in which winners are given a travel scholarship to accompany him on his assignments. We hope photographers from PSC get to be a part of this, and we really thank Jason for his time. Last but not the least, we give our gratitude to Elli for organizing such an insightful and memorable talk!

Minister of Training and Skills Visits PSC

PSC was absolutely delighted to host the Victorian Minister for Training and Skills the Hon Steve Herbert yesterday. The visit was organized by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, (ACPET) which planned a tour of its member institutions in the CDB area.

Minister Steve Herbert

Minister Steve Herbert was delighted to be met with such enthusiasm by the welcoming party, of students and staff. Being a former teacher himself, he was absolutely in his element when he conversed with students; taking the time to relate to them on a personal level, sharing anecdotes and asking them profound questions about forming life-long bonds with fellow classmates. The Minister immediately recognized the close-knit nature of our community, as he witnessed the beauty of an entire institution filled with like-minded individuals who create unique and meaningful projects.

PSC and Minister Steve Herbert

He was then taken around the college, starting with the Resource Hub where he was delighted to see such a large collection of photography-related publications. At the print shop, he took the time to discuss the intricacies of printing techniques and the busy schedule of students as well as clientele with Production Manager, Peter Hatzipavlis. The Minister was taken by the ‘Portrait of Ali’ hanging by the desk, noticing the talent of PSC teacher Hoda Afshar, who won the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize for this photograph.

The Minister then took a tour of the digital centre and various classrooms. He was intrigued by the discussion of future projects planned by the 2nd year students. He established a deep connection with the emotional intent behind each student’s chosen topic and definitely left the classroom feeling very inspired.

The tour finished off with a stylish photo-shoot in the PSC studio where Minister Herbert got various portrait shots taken and had fun posing with students and staff. He bid farewell, remarking that he would love to look into taking up photography after retiring from politics.

PSC students and Minister Steve Herbert

Graduate Update – Amy Paton

An integral part of our students learning at PSC is developing the skills needed for real work opportunities and creating networks within the photography industry. It’s great to be able to share their stories and see them rewarded for their efforts out there in the industry!

Photojournalism graduate Amy Paton has just started working for the Warrnambool Standard and shares her experiences below.

Amy Paton

My name is Amy Paton, a 2015 graduate of PSC having just completed the Advanced Diploma of Photography, Photojournalism Specialisation.

I found out about the jobs at Fairfax through my Photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman and another photojournalist (who happens to also be a former graduate of PSC) who was good enough to pass on that Fairfax Regional had positions available. I immediately applied, was lucky enough to go along to an interview and got the job!

I started at the Warrnambool Standard Newspaper in June, having moved down from Melbourne and into a share house just off the main street, very close to the office. So, a tree and sea change plus a new job all together!

I’ll eventually be one of three photographers at the paper. As part of my job, I get a new iPhone 6 and a laptop for work purposes!

It’s a 0.8 of a full time position, perfect for me. I will be working four days a week, including two weekends on and then one weekend off.

Every day at 9am we have a staff meeting to bounce ideas around for that day and assign tasks. Apparently I’m welcome to contribute to that meeting, but I may just watch for the first few until I settle in.

After the meeting I go out, shoot a few different jobs, come back to the office to edit and file… then I can head home.   Sometimes I edit and file on location instead of going back to the office – the convenience of technology.

There’s a lot of editorial work, so environmental portraits, light on location and such – glad I learnt all about that at PSC! They asked me in the interview if I was okay with seeing death and other disturbing scenes, so it’s likely I’ll eventually be sent out to cover the breaking news.  

As part of my role, I also have the opportunity to write some articles to go with my photography. The Write for Publication unit we did last year as part of the Photojournalism Specialisation will come in handy!

There will be a lot of sport to cover with the Warrnambool Standard so I’m grateful for the experience I gained with my folio on Northern Blues VFL football club! [Amy’s 2014 Photojournalism folio was about a suburban VFL football club]

Future plans are to try to pitch a review of a big music festival I’m attending in a month, see if I can get a media pass and some photos I can use too!  Otherwise… watch this space!

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

PSC Student & Staff Featured on Landscape Stories

PSC Bachelor of Photography student Jordan Madge and teachers Ying Ang, Katrin Koenning, Hoda Afshar and Daniel Boetker-Smith have been featured on the ‘Australia’ issue of the influential international photography website and blog Landscape Stories. Congratulations all!


Image by Ying Ang from her award-winning book ‘Gold Coast’ (2014)

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.