Upcoming Double Book Launch – John Ogden & Louise Whelan

Photobook Archive
164 High Street, Prahran

Saturday 5 October
1pm Slightly Dangerous by John Ogden
2:30pm New Settlers by Louise Whelan

Both photographers will be attending, talking about, and signing copies of their books for sale. There will  also be a number of special limited editions prints available for purchase on the day.

The legendary photojournalist Tim Page on John Ogden’s book Slightly Dangerous:

“This is a life well travelled of a baby boomer who surfs an existential path across six decades, waxing the best of nostalgia against the odds that are self mitigated by the excesses of those times. It is a heritage of the hippest, most gonzo ‘down-under’ attitudes, rendered by images we all wish we had snapped. As if Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Neville shuffled photo cards with Robert Frank’ian images throughout the deck.”

The Hon Michael Kirby in his foreword of Louise Whelan’s New Settlers says:

“This book sets out to capture the change that we have embraced. We have not yet overcome all of our anxieties and prejudices about people of different cultures, who look, sound and act differently. The way that many Australians still treat refugee applicants with hostility and fear is an illustration that xenophobia is hard to eradicate, and especially in a country that started with such deep feelings embedded in its attitudes and laws. Nevertheless, we have certainly made much progress. This book shows how much.”

Visit the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive website for further details.

Photojournalism Major Update from Bill Bachman

The Photography Major has welcomed a number of visitors to class this semester, each bringing interesting and valuable insights about this classic genre.

The roll call of guest speakers this semester is already long and illustrious: in August ex-PSC tutor Melanie Faith Dove and veteran shooter Andrew Chapman stopped by to talk about their survival tactics in the rapidly-changing world of PJ, and discussed their current tag-team book project on working dogs. They are scheduled to return later in the semester to talk to a wider cross-section of students.

September visitors included landscape specialist Tom Putt, architecture/interior/food/lifestyle photographer Brad Hill, and 2010 PSC Photojournalism graduate Libby Jane, whose work is a mixture of corporate, nature and editorial-style portrait photography. Each talked about how they have carved a niche for themselves and how they are navigating up the ladder of success.

Last week we welcomed a panel of experts from the editorial side of the fence: Jeremy Bourke and Lisa Luscombe, respectively Editor and Art Director of the RACV’s Royal Auto magazine, the largest circulating magazine in Victoria, with a print run of around 1.5 million copies; The Big Issue editor Alan Attwood; and Craig Platt, Digital Travel Editor for Fairfax Media, which publishes The Traveller section weekly in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times, WA Today and the Canberra Times.

The four conducted a group discussion about the current state of print and online publishing, with special reference to how to get published in the current climate. Their advice? Same as it has always been: develop good technical skills and constantly practice them, have good ideas, think of new and different ways to express those ideas, network, be reliable, and have a good work ethic. No surprises there.

Guest speakers still to come this semester are Getty Images staff photographers Quinn Rooney, recent winner of the Sport category in the 2013 Canon APPA Awards, and PSC graduate Darrian Traynor.

Royal Auto Art Director Lisa Luscombe and Editor Jeremy Bourke, Fairfax Media Digital Travel Editor Craig Platt and The Big Issue Editor Alan Attwood visit the Photojournalism class – photo by Bill Bachman

Lisa Luscombe, Jeremy Bourke, Craig Platt and Alan Attwood talk about how to get published – photo by Bill Bachman

Jacqui Dean Exhibition – Translucence

1140 Malvern Road

Exhibition Dates: Open now until 10 October
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm & Saturday 11am-4pm
Floor Talk: Thursday 10 October 7pm

Jacqui Dean with ‘Calla Lillies’ – photo by Bill Bachman

Now showing at Gallery Eleven40 is a collection of sublime and subliminal images by Sydney-based AIPP Grand Master of Photography, Jacqui Dean. Entitled Translucence, the images in this exhibition peel plant life – leaves, flowers, seed pods and stalks – back to its innermost essence. Dean’s prints seem to be a cross between photograms and x-rays, yet are neither. “Look deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better” (Albert Einstein) is the quote accompanying the show. Contemplating these images, that may indeed be true.

Jacqui will be giving a floor talk revealing some of the processes she used to create this extraordinary collection at Gallery Eleven40 at 7pm on Thursday 10 October. Visit the website for more information.

Wonder Women Photography Project

The Wonder Women Photography Project is a unique photography project that aims to inspire women to overcome challenges of self-doubt and image obsession, and gain a greater sense of opportunities as they follow their dreams and passion.

It is an Australian initiative showcasing 11 sportswomen who don’t necessarily fit the norm, or have recognised media profiles. The project demonstrates that success is not dependent on how others perceive you, but comes from within and from a determination to achieve.

The creators of the project have turned to Australian on-line crowd funding platform Pozible to raise the necessary funds $35,000 for a photo exhibition, VIP opening launch and coffee table book. The campaign ends 28 September 2013 and can be access at http://pozible.com/wonderwomenphotographyproject

“Women are too often told that they can’t do something, or to stop dreaming. We wanted to show girls and women everywhere that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. These women have fought against all odds to get to their level of success, winning accolades and admiration along the way. We want to remind girls and women that there is a Wonder Women in all of us,“ said project creator and photographer Maya Sugiharto.

Co-creators of the Wonder Women Photography Project, The Agents, are a motivating back-story in their own right. Three years ago on a shoestring budget, The Agents threw aside established corporate roles to follow their own dreams – and started their business Agent Morphe Design.


Experience an afternoon at Photography Studies College

Monday 30 September 2013
65 City Road, Southbank
12:00pm – 3:30pm
Lunch provided

Year 12 students are invited to join us in the school holidays for a taste of the PSC student experience. Spend the afternoon at the college and:

  • Learn about our fantastic full time courses
  • Talk with staff and students
  • Tour our specialised facilities
  • Get tips for your folio and interview

    Experience Day is FREE but bookings are essential – phone 03 9682 3191 or email mrookes@psc.edu.au to reserve your place by 10am Friday 27 September.

    Christopher Koller: No Fuss No Tears

    Fehily Contemporary
    3a Glasshouse Road, Collingwood VIC 3066
    Exhibition Opening: Saturday 28 September, 3-5pm
    Exhibition Dates: 26 September – 12 October 2013

    Christopher Koller’s work was proudly printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at The PrintShop@PSC using our Fine Art Print services.

    No Fuss No Tears is Christopher Köller’s meditation on his early childhood – the first part of an autobiography in images. Begun in 1987, the series of photographs covers his birth in an England torn by World War II, a brief respite in an idyllic Italy and an eighteen-month stay in hospital back in Britain after suffering a serious illness.

    By reviewing and adding to his reconstruction of childhood, Köller also reveals the artifice of our personal and historical memory, acknowledging that our memories are “as much imagination and longing as they are actual experience”.

    Christopher Köller, Dad’s boy Liverpool UK 1987-2013 (2013), archival inkjet

    PSC Student Emma McEvoy wins AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year

    Congratulations to final year art major student Emma McEvoy on winning the 2013 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year!

    See Emma’s award winning images below and and read about her PSC experience, inspirations and future plans.

    When did your passion for photography begin?

    For as long as I can remember my life has been surrounded by art making of all kinds but it wasn’t until high school, during my VCE that I became obsessed with photography!! Studio arts became the subject that ALL my time and energy went into. For some reason when I finished VCE, I didn’t want to lock myself into doing something so specific so I studied Visual Merchandising at RMIT which had a range of subjects from styling, prop making, photography, illustration, window design etc. These subjects were really helpful but the main thing I got from that course was that photography was definitely the path I wanted to go down.

    How did you find out about the course at PSC?

    Through word of mouth and research – I wanted to go to the BEST photography college I could find!

    What have you enjoyed the most at PSC?

    Definitely meeting other creative individuals! I have made some life long friends and connections through PSC. But also seeing my style & abilities develop, it’s hard to really see it when your in it but looking back at my work from first year to now, the difference is mind blowing! It feels amazing to share that journey with this little community.

    What inspires you in your photographic practice?

    PEOPLE – their life experiences, their thoughts, their feelings, their fears and their dreams.

    Where do you hope to be ten years from now?

    A lot of people say it’s difficult to make a living from fine art but I hope that in 10 years I will have proved them all wrong!!! I want to be exhibiting, I want to be collaborating with other creatives, I want to be travelling the world making pictures in beautiful locations, I would love to be teaching workshops & inspiring creativity in others. I also hope to finish my Art therapy degree and combine my photography so I can be a practicing photo therapist. I would love to be able to help others find healing and inner peace through art making! Oh, I also would love to have written a book to sit alongside my imagery. I have a lot of big dreams!!

    What advice would you give other students?

    Go that extra step than what is required of you. Don’t just tick off all the boxes in order to pass your subjects. Push yourself to learn more outside of PSC. Your folio will be much stronger for it. This is particularly valid for those of us doing part time studies, who don’t have as many hours at the college.

    Most importantly, always stay true to yourself and trust yourself. Listen to your own artistic voice and follow it. Look not only outside but inside yourself for inspiration. Everyone has something unique to say and that is what will set you apart from the myriad of photographers trying to make it out there. Everything may of been done but it’s never been done by YOU. You can make it new & different!


    Emma and her fellow art major students are currently preparing for Fresh13 their end of year exhibition. You can view their work at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Abbotsford from Saturday 23rd November to Sunday 8th December 2013. Check out their campaign on Pozible.

    PSC Graduate Kimberley Munro wins AIPP Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year

    Congratulations to recent Bachelor Pathway graduate Kimberley Munro on winning the 2013 AIPP Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year.

    Check out  Kimberley’s images and read her thoughts about studying at PSC, her future plans and advice to students.

    Kimberley Munroe’s AIPP APPA Gold Award winning image

    What do you like most about PSC?

    How personal everything was. You get to know everyone in your year level, the lecturers and staff. What made this great was that everyone becomes so familiar with individual styles and personalities that you can bounce off each other, have an interest in what everyone was doing and become exposed to new things in the world.

    How different is your photography & conceptual skill now compared to the first week of the course?

    In the first week of the course, I pretty much knew nothing about a camera. I thought fashion photography was the best thing ever and that Photoshop wasn’t necessary except for lightening eyes. Now everything I choose to shoot questions the identity of society and is channeled into a hyper­real universe, is heavy with Photoshop, and I own three cameras and know how they all work!

    What’s your dream job?

    Being freelance without needing a description of what I do on a business card.

    Where do you hope to be ten years from now?

    I want to have continued my studies into animation and 3D illustration. Be a published illustrator and writer. Produce my own animations and exhibitions and be a successful portrait and advertising photographer.

    What advice would you give to future students?

    You only get out what you put in, better yourself outside of class and when you reach the end of the course you will have a phenomenal folio and great work ethics.

    PSC scoops the pool at 2013 AIPP APPAs

    There was much excitement and festivity at the gala Australian Professional Photography Awards dinner held in Melbourne last night at the exquisite Plaza Ballroom. PSC scooped the pool and was awarded for the third consecutive year the 2013 AIPP Australian Tertiary Institution of the Year for excellence in photographic education and training.

    Our final year Art Major student Emma McEvoy won the prestigious 2013 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year with her beautifully crafted and meaningful water images. Recent Bachelor of Photography pathway graduate Kimberley Munro took out the 2013 AIPP Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year! What a night!

    Congratulations to all winners, especially our PSC students who again showcased their prolific imaginative vision and outstanding photography!

    Bill Bachman, Jenny Heron & Julie Moss with the award for AIPP Australian Tertiary Institution of the Year

    AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year – Emma McEvoy with Colin Wiseman, Carmen Edwards & Elli Ioannou

    AIPP Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year – Kimberley Munro with Elli Ioannou, Barry Thompson & Michael Coyne

    Creative Photoshop Skills – New Online Course

    Are you new to Photoshop or wanting to master editing techniques to achieve professional-level results?

    Image by Kimberley Munro

    Our new online 12 week course is suitable for beginners and intermediate Photoshop users allowing you to fit your learning around your lifestyle and busy schedule! You can work at your own pace and interact with your teacher and other students as part of a shared online learning environment and experience.

    If you want to know more and unlock the impressive power of Photoshop, the Creative Photoshop Skills  online course provides you with some of the essential skills you need to take your photography to the next level.

    This course provides a combination of real world image editing examples and step by step projects from internationally recognized author, Photoshop expert and Adobe Photoshop Ambassador, Mark Galer.

    Visit the website to enrol or find out more. The course commences 27 September 2013. Enrolments are now open and must be completed by no later than 25 September 2013.