Photojournalism Update

Stuart Hannagan, Getty Images Vice President (Australasia) and Director of Photography (Asia Pacific) and journalist/blogger Alison Stieven-Taylor were recent visitors to the Photojournalism class.

Stuart discussed the changing face of editorial and creative (stock) photography and gave us a glimpse behind the scenes of the new breed of global photo agencies, of which Getty is the world leader. His advice:

“If you are interested in a 9-to-5 job with an hour off for lunch, this business isn’t for you. If you want photography as a way of life, there have never been so many opportunities for young photographers, so build a good portfolio and get it in front of as many people as you can. Back yourself and keep chipping away. Never give up. Eventually you’ll be given a chance, and once you get started, don’t look back.”

Alison presented an in-depth look at the constantly expanding online publishing opportunities for editorial material, including photo essays and documentary projects. Alison’s advice:

  • Look for stories in your own back yard
  • Articulate your work in words and pictures
  • Think globally – what subjects can translate across cultures?
  • Be persistent, consistent and deliver what you promise
  • Read and look at other work all the time


Stuart Hannagan, Getty Images, guest speaker in PJ class, Nov 23 2014

Getty Images Asia Pacific Director of Photography, Stuart Hannagan (3rd from left) and journalist/author/blogger Alison Stieven-Taylor (2nd from right) with PJ students Elliot Taylor, Daniel O’Neill, Melissa Davis and Amy Paton

Text and photograph by Bill Bachman.

PSC Students visit Blue Tree Studios

Final year Advanced Diploma students visited Blue Tree Studios recently for their Establish a Career class with Elli Ioannou. PSC Graduate Steph Doran spoke about what she had been doing since graduating from PSC at the end of 2012 and gave the students a live fashion photography demonstration. The students also had the opportunity to create a lighting setup and test some of the studio equipment. Thanks Steph, Bluetree Studios & Elli!


Student Profile – Tim Allen

How did you become interested in photography?

When I was 10 years old my dad brought home our first family desktop computer bundled with a digital camera. We quickly set up our now stone age internet connection. I stumbled across art and photography websites and began asking my dads permission to take the digital camera out of the house on my own. After gaining his trust, I haven’t turned back.

What have been some of the highlights of your PSC journey?

There are several highlights. One of them would be winning a Victorian AIPP Silver award as a Student Photographer. Also, a post card company wanting to print and distribute one of my aerial photographs to over 1500 venues around Australia. But I couldn’t forgot the biggest one: getting a full time job in the industry before I even finished my third year at PSC.

What inspires your photography? How do you stay motivated?

I seek a lot of inspiration from what the people I hold closest in my life are doing. From their hobbies and interests or even business ventures. Music, movies and reading is also very important for the development of my ideas and concepts.

Right now my main motivation is where my photography will take me. It’s all I have ever done and it’s all I really know.

What are you hoping to do after finishing?

I hope to travel for quite a while, but most importantly find work abroad in the industry. I still have a lot to see for my self and capture with my camera.

What advice would you give to people thinking about pursuing photography?

Staying organised and managing your time is critical. Also, not forgetting why you first wanted to pursuit photography.

Tim is a part time student in his third year of the Advanced Diploma of Photography. Check out more of his work on his website.




Graduate Update – Louise Cooper

We enjoyed receiving an update from PSC Graduate Louise Cooper (Winner of PSC Graduation Award for Excellence in Photojournalism, 2010). Louise visited PSC earlier this year and spoke with the Photojournalism majors about her move to Sydney and her editorial and commercial work.

Read below to find out what Louise has been up to and to see some of her recent work:

In November last year I started a full-time photographer position at the University of Sydney. It is a newly created role and involves photography for brand and marketing – lots of photography of academics, VIPs, researchers, students, key events and marketing collateral. I also manage external suppliers (there is too much work for one internal photographer) and an image repository. It’s a great people-focused role and I am really enjoying the shooting.

I still manage to freelance out of hours and to continue shooting my own documentary projects. Some of my recent clients include The Brief (ABC), Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Swans.

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Open Day 2014 Hero Image


Dr Karl & Adam Spencer

Call for Entries: ACMP Student Photographer of the Year 2014


Entries are open for the ACMP Student Photographer of the Year 2014. The ACMP Student Photographer of the Year (SPY) Awards provide emerging student photographers in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region with the opportunity to gain career-building exposure within the photographic industry and wider creative community.

Categories include portraiture, commercial, fashion, advertising, documentary and architecture. Entry is open to full time and part time students in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region and close on Friday 21 November.

Visit the ACMP website for further details.

Graduate Profile – Tom Goldner


How did your passion for photography begin?

My passion for photography began in high school.  It was the first time I stepped into  a darkroom and watched an image come to life in the developer.  It was one of the first times in my life that things made sense.

What were the highlights of your time at PSC?

I have so many fond memories at my time at PSC but some of the highlights include the friendships I developed with other students, teachers and staff. On another note it was a very special time being encouraged to explore creativity and what makes you tick.

What inspires you in your photographic practice?

For me photography is  simply a tool for pursuing what your passionate about. Im constantly finding inspiration in the people I surround myself with and  the world we live in. Anybody short of inspiration should get on a flight to a place they have never been!

What are you doing now?

I have just launched a new business – The Fox Darkroom – a black and white photographic darkroom where I will be teaching traditional process. My past experience with darkroom printing has been largely influenced by my time at PSC, we can take so many fundamental lessons in how we approach our practice from the old way of doing things. I want to preserve this important part of our history and inspire others with the magic of traditional process.

What advice would you give to current/future students?  

Keep reinventing what you do – It can be difficult to find the balance of earning a living and doing what you love.  Through my practice I have found if you continue to produce work and or projects that you feel passionately about opportunities will arise and doors will open.  When it all boils down we pursued photography because we love the art, therefore, it only makes sense that you should follow your heart in what you do. Keep at it!



The Image Makers – Robert Imhoff

Photography Studies College
65 City Road

Friday 24 October 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend the Image Makers Seminar with Robert Imhoff.


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“Robert Imhoff, who began his career in Australia in around 1970, is an advocate of versatility, working across the fields of both film production and photography. His photographic output across three decades encompasses portraits and advertising imagery executed both in black and white, and colour. The subjects of Imhoff’s commissioned portraits are mostly notables in the Australian community: actors, celebrities, architects, sportspeople, businessmen, politicians and members of local government. What is most striking about these portraits is their warmth, with a great many subjects being presented smiling, their faces alive and active.”

Professor Helen Ennis Director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory Australian National University School of Art

Tickets for this event are free however numbers are strictly limited.

Reserve your place via Eventbrite.

Imhoff: a life of grain & pixels will be on sale at the talk for $29.95.

Robert Imhoff has an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from Saturday 11 October to Sunday 7 December.

Vale Ian McKenzie 

Today PSC and the photography community mourn the loss of a leading Australian commercial photographer, Ian McKenzie.


Ian was well known for his love and passion for photography. He was a leading commercial photographer with a career spanning over 40 years. He worked mainly in the corporate, architectural and industrial sectors.

Ian was a member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Photography) since its inception in 1967. He was a committed and involved member of the institute and held many positions of leadership including: State President of Victoria, National President, National Honours & Ethics Committee Chairman and Chairman AIPP Commercial Group. In recent times Ian was involved in establishing the National Mentoring program and expended a lot of energy travelling across Australia ensuring the new program was a success. For his work with the institute he was awarded a Fellow, AIPP, Hon, Fellow AIPP, and a Master of Photography.

Ian was a proud and loyal supporter of PSC, a member of the PSC Course Advisory Committee and a profound believer in the importance of high quality photography education.

In 2014 Ian was recognized with an Order of Australia not only for the driving energy that he put into photography but also for his work in a number of other areas. He was a member of the Country Fire Authority (CFA), Commodore of Ocean Racing Club of Victoria, Board member of Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture and was President of M.G. Car Club of Victoria.

In remembering Ian’s extensive career and many years of contribution, Michael Coyne said, “Ian was a fierce defender of high quality photography and was not afraid to have an opinion”.

The Image Makers with Carine Thévenau

We enjoyed hearing from Sydney-based photographer Carine Thévenau at our Image Makers event last night. Carine took the opportunity to talk candidly about her experience and her practice.

As an artist, commercial photographer, and senior photographer for Frankie magazine Carine represents the new breed of photographers that can straddle a variety of different genres, processes and approaches. It was an inspiring evening for staff, students and visitors alike. Thanks so much to Carine for sharing her work with us.

Carine has an exhibition opening at Edmund Pearce Gallery on Friday night.

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Carine Thévenau sharing about her photographic practice

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Carine Thévenau (middle) with PSC Bachelor of Photography Coordinator Daniel Boetker-Smith and students Cassie, Emily & Katie

The next event in the Image Makers series will be on Friday 24 October with Robert Imhoff. Bookings will open soon.