International photographer Harvey Benge visits PSC

Stopping in en route to the HeadOn festival in Sydney – Harvey Benge made a special appearance at PSC late last week.

Harvey is an internationally renowned photographer and photo book artist who works between Auckland and Paris.

Students, staff and visitors were treated to an inspirational night at PSC listening to Harvey talk about his fascination with the urban and human landscape where: ”nothing is as it seems”.  He urged all present to follow their passion and to always turn up: “Photography is 90% about turning up”, he says.

Harvey also shared his checklist of 15 things to consider when evaluating photographs and the system he’s developed to separate images into those that work and those that don’t.

He also provided insights into his extensive and highly acclaimed career with examples and stories related to his many publications, exhibitions, workshops and awards.

Entertaining, enlightening and passionate – Harvey’s visit was an inspiration to all who attended, and we are enormously grateful to Harvey for taking the time to divert his journey to make such a special visit. Thanks also go to PSC’s Daniel Boetker-Smith for arranging it all for us.

Check out more about Harvey at: and read about his experience at PSC on his blog.

‘I Am Iceland’ – Update from Emma McEvoy

Emma McEvoy, a 2013 art major graduate, is currently part of an artist residency program in Iceland. Read about her experiences and take a look at her latest photos:

I’ve been in Iceland for almost six weeks now and it has absolutely flown! I can’t believe I only have a few weeks left! I don’t want to leave. I am so in love with this country!

The artist residency is awesome. It’s the first residency I’ve done and it definitely wont be my last. I love the community spirit and energy that comes with living with other artists. So far I’ve shared this gorgeous little red roofed house on a sheep farm in Laugarvatn (aka- the middle of nowhere) with a couple from Spain, five girls and one guy from different parts of America, a Canadian and a girl from Amsterdam.

The first week I got here I witnessed the spectacular northern lights and then again a week later. It was very late in the season so I was super lucky to see them! I’ve been photographing a lot! I have a really exciting project/collaboration I’m working on at the moment but it’s a secret…for now! My brother arrives in a few days and we are going to road trip around the whole island making a short film together.

Inspiration is everywhere here.

Iceland itself is EVERYTHING I remembered from my last short trip and more. Whenever I am driving through the landscape and think I couldn’t possibly see anything more beautiful than what I just witnessed, I turn a corner and Iceland provides me with something more soul-enriching, breath-taking & life-affirming to feast my eyes and lens on. The wild beauty of the icelandic landscape is like no where else on this earth. I feel like I belong here. I feel such a strong connection to this land.

Iceland: the land of fire and ice. Of light and dark. The land of contradiction and diversity. Perhaps that’s why I feel such a strong connection to this place. Iceland represents human nature and its conflicting, harsh extremes. For a country that is so cold and laden with some of Europe’s largest glaciers, deepest fjords and most powerful waterfalls, it also is full of thermal hot springs and hundreds of volcanoes. Red and white sand beaches. For a country that spends half a year virtually in 24 hours of darkness, it spends the other half of the year in 24 hours of light. One minute in Iceland it is raining and snowing and the next minute the sun shines a beautiful soft golden light and produces the most magnificent rainbows. The weather here is NEVER predictable and it’s often that you will experience four seasons in one day.

But what makes this country so divine is that it seems to thrive and function in harmony despite these dramatic geological forces. Mother nature rules this country. It is so unique because it gives you a glimpse into what this planet looks like when left to it’s own natural devices. It’s harsh and it’s extreme and dangerous and scary but it’s also breathtakingly beautiful, pure and strangely peaceful. That is what Iceland has figured out that most of us don’t…how to make peace with our differences, our inner conflicts, contradictions and inconsistencies. How to be comfortable with our extreme opposing emotions and to see the beauty in destruction.

Most of us are yet to find peace within ourselves and accept that we are complicated human beings, constantly changing. Sometimes our heart is cold and frozen like a glacier floating unconsciously through the waters of life. Other times it is so full of energy and fire that we feel like a volcano that could explode with love at any minute.

I am learning so much from this country. Artistically, I’m finding new ways of incorporating these ideas and themes into my artwork but personally I am learning to accept the multifaceted human being that I am. To accept who I am today, tomorrow and next week. It is okay to be different and complicated. It is okay to be fire AND ice. To be both light and dark. After all that is what makes this country so god damn interesting. It’s ever changing landscapes are what I love the most about Iceland, maybe it’s what I can learn to love about myself too. That I am ever changing and I will never be the same as I was yesterday. I will never be able to describe myself in a few simple words. Condense myself into a perfect little package that is always the same, uncomplicated & predictable.

I am Iceland; wild, unique and diverse.

Check out some of Emma’s award winning work from last year, watch her interview with Sarina Lirosi or visit her website.

PSC Graduation 2014

Congratulations to all our students who graduated on Friday 16 May! We had a fantastic evening at ACMI celebrating the class of 2013 with their family and friends, mentors and industry guests.

Dr Robin Williams delivered an inspiring and passionate keynote address and Caterina Fizzano and Bronwyn Morrison gave great graduate responses – humorous and from the heart.

Special thanks to sponsors – AIPP, ACMP Kayell, Next Byte, Adobe, Exetel, Sally Brownbill, Sun Studios, Irwin & McLaren, Borge’s Imaging, Heartfelt and free radical for their contributions towards the awards.

PSC Award for excellence in the Art Major: Emma-Jane Johnston

PSC Award for excellence in the Commercial Major: Adina Kraus

PSC Award for excellence in the Photojournalism Major: Stephanie Jones

PSC Award for creativity and great potential in photography: Emma McEvoy

AIPP Award for conceptual excellence & photographic innovation: Leigh Garipidis

ACMP Award for excellence throughout the course: Jesse Cox

Kayell Award for commitment & outstanding achievement: Michael Cheetham

Next Byte Awards for excellence in narrative in Art: Donna Stevens & Jennifer O’Keefe

Exetel Award for creativity and originality: Suzanne Perillo

Adobe Award for determination and mastery of skills: Pamela Richards

Sally Brownbill Award for great potential in commercial photography: Catherine Bailey

Sun Studios Award for demonstrating perseverance and significant accomplishment: Caterina Fizzano

Irwin & McLaren Award for excellence in documentary photography: Ashley Gasperino

Borge’s Imaging Photoflex Award for consistent application and commitment: Samantha Moody

Heartfelt Award for using photography skills to make a difference: Dale Stead

free radical Award for contribution towards the student life at the college: Alice McMillan-Drendel

Peter Petty Memorial Award for technical and aesthetic excellence in landscape photography: William Bate

Book Awards: Cassie Abraham, Natalie Ceccon, Brooke Daly, Jon-Paul Karnilowicz, Miranda Kerr, Grace Leung, Rene Mitchell-Pitman, Bronwyn Morrison, James Sbeghen & Sorell Wilson

Harvey Benge Artist Talk at PSC

Harvey Benge Artist Talk
Thursday, May 22 at 6:00pm
Photography Studies College (Melbourne) in Southbank, Victoria, Australia

Internationally renowned photographer, prolific photobook maker and publisher Harvey Benge will be visiting Melbourne for one night to discuss his photographic practice, and the photobook.

Harvey Benge is a New Zealand-based photographer who since the early 1990s has been working between Auckland and Paris.

Harvey has released numerous photobook works with publishers in Britain, France and Germany. He is also particularly interested in print-on-demand possibilities and has self-published a number of limited edition photobooks under his own imprint FAQEDITIONS.

Harvey has also conducted workshops alongside Sandra Phillips, Lewis Baltz, John Gossage, Alec Soth, Rineke Dijkstra, Todd Hido, Paul Graham, Pieter Hugo, Antoine d’Agata and many others.

He has new books coming out soon with Dewi Lewis (UK) and with Superlabo (Japan).

The talk will take place at Photography Studies College – in the studio, Ground Floor, City Rd, Southbank, Melbourne.


PSC graduate student Sarah Galletta in ‘Disquiet’ group exhibition

Australian National Capital Artists
Australian National Capital Artists, 1 Rosevear Place ,Dickson ACT
Opening: 6pm on Wednesday 14 May from 6pm onwards.
Exhibition Dates: Wed 14 May 2014 – Sun 1 June 2014.

These four artists evoke atmospheres that swing from hysteria to mild anxiety, with works best described as disquieting.

See more at:

Image Makers Seminar Series

Photography Studies College
65 City Road

6pm Friday 30 May

We are excited to launch our Image Makers Seminar series later this month.  Our first guest will be Manuela Furci, the current archivist for the Rennie Ellis Collection. Since Ellis’s death his second wife, Kerry Oldfield Ellis, and his assistant, Manuela Furci, have established the Rennie Ellis Archive and continue to organise exhibitions of his work.

Visit the Eventbrite page to reserve your ticket.

Art major students visit Gold St Studios

The art major students visited Gold St Studios in Trentham on Thursday 1st May. This workshop hosted by Ellie Young, introduced students to two early processes both originating with Sir William Herschel in 1842. Cyanotype creates blue iron based photographs. The Van Dyke Brown creates warm brown colours resulting in silver and iron based photographs. Images were created from inkjet negatives (made by gold street studios) from the images supplied by the students.

A fun way to find the addictive nature of creating hand made photographs on water colour papers.
Below are Emma Rose and Karina Miriklis.

PSC Student Marion Abada Wins 2014 AIPP Victorian Student Photographer of the Year

Congratulations to final year student Marion Abada – winner of the 2014 AIPP Victorian Student Photographer of the Year! The awards were judged last week and we were thrilled to see Marion take out the student award and have another final year student Vesna Obradovic named as a finalist in the same category. Well done!

Marion writes about her experiences below:

I have always liked to take photo’s – originally on my parents old, fully manual film camera, then my very own SLR (again film) before going digital many years ago.  While I used to do a lot of painting and drawing when I was a teenager, I love the immediacy of photography & over the years have really been drawn to it as an art form.  I am now in my 5th year of the 4 year part-time Advanced Diploma course (work commitments slowed me down a little a couple of years ago) and am doing the Commercial major.

During my time at PSC I have really loved the opportunity to learn from teachers with real-life, relevant industry experience as well as from very talented and inspiring fellow students.   I am still figuring out what aspects of Commercial photography I’d like to focus on but I am enjoying the opportunity to explore a range of different options.  I keep coming back to architecture as an area that really interests me, particularly industrial architecture – both old and new.

If I had to give any advice to anyone thinking about studying photography, whether at PSC or elsewhere it would be to soak up the experience, take all the opportunities offered through your studies and don’t just rush through to get the certificate/diploma/degree at the end.

I was really surprised and honoured to find out that I was awarded AIPP Victorian Student Photographer at the VPPY’s this year (especially given the talent pool that makes up the students in my year) and I am very happy to be this years recipient.   The 3 images I submitted to the VPPY’s were all taken on a family holiday to Europe last year doing the tourist thing at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris,Notre Dame, Paris & the Natural History Museum, London.

Images by Marion Abada


STUDENT: Jillian Price, Second Year, part time
ASSIGNMENT: Exhibition
COMMENT:This is an untitled image from a series that I am working on for my end of semester folio. It explores naked female form and the role it plays in todays still largely male dominated society. I hope to prompt the viewer to question the negative portrayal of women in pop culture, advertising and alike. The image challenges the unrealistic, hyper-sexualised representation of the naked female form shown to us by the media demanding a higher level of respect in regards to body image, gender and gender equality, sexual oppression, expression and the way that defines our reality.

I will be exhibiting this image as a part of a group show at Raglan Street Gallery in North Melbourne. The exhibition runs from MAY 15th – June 1st