Masters of Arts – Photography tutor; Kristian Häggblom

As the excitement for our new Masters of Arts – Photography program continues to gain momentum, we decided to learn more about the tutors who will be involved. Kristian Häggblom started working at PSC earlier this year, but has already made a lasting impression on the Bachelor of Photography students he works with.

Kristian Haggblom, ‘Queenstown’, 1998


How did your postgraduate studies further your photographic thinking?
Doing a PhD enabled me to concentrate on a long-term photographic project and ensure it was completed to the highest standard. Importantly, it taught me to think more critically about my own work and also write about it with much more clarity.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?
As an undergraduate student I think you need to saturate yourself in photography and the themes you are researching – read, read, read. I also highly encourage students to experiment, learn the basics, but also break the rules.

Can you tell us about what you are presently working on?
I’m researching a bearded seal that lived in the Tama River in Tokyo for a time during 2002 and then disappeared.

What was the last exhibition or publication or curatorial project you worked on?
Earlier this year I collaborated with an Indian friend and photographer, Farhad Bomanjee, to curate an exhibition of my photographs made in Japan between 2000 – 2008. It was at his gallery in the Kala Ghoda Café in Mumbai and part of the extensive FOCUS Photography Festival.

What do you enjoy about working with graduate students?
Working with graduate students is inspiring as they are very passionate and often I learn from their in-depth research. It is also great witnessing breakthroughs in student projects, when the dot-to-dot process aligns and results become clear.

What’s the best thing about the environment at PSC?
The staff at PSC are all active in varying forms of photography and it is exciting to work in such an engaged an immersive environment.



Take a look at Kristian’s work on his website.


Mowanjum Workshop with PSC’s Peter Hatzipavlis

Outside Derby in Western Australia, the Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbal tribes make up the Mowanjum community. At the heart of this community is the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre; a creative hub where old and young come together to create and inspire one another.


Mowanjum Festival


Next week our very own print master Peter Hatzipavlis, will be travelling to North-Western Australia for a workshop with artists in the community as they respond to the theme of Micro Macro Country. The microscopic and macroscopic interpretations of the Kimberley will be translated through a range of creative mediums, where Peter will develop their processing skills to print contemporary art on merchandise; these products will be sold in the Culture Centre.

We’re incredibly excited and proud to be supporting this workshop! Remember to follow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date on all of the happenings next week!



Aint Bad

One of our fantastic photographer’s; Hoda Afshar has been featured on Aint Bad with her ongoing work “In The Exodus, I Love You More”


“In the Exodus, I love you more is an ongoing photographic series that I began in 2014. It is a record of my changing vision of, and relationship to, my homeland, Iran:
a relationship that has been shaped by my having been away, by that distance that increases the nearness of all the things to which memory clings, and which renders the familiar… strange, and veiled.
It is an attempt to embrace that distance and to turn it into a kind of seeing. To let what is both there and not there shine through the surface. To let the surface speak. It is an attempt to explore the interplay of presence and absence in the history of Iran and in Iranians’ lives, and to discover the truth that lies there in their never-ending meeting, in-between.”


The collective behind Aint Bad is dedicated to publishing contemporary photography and text to support a progressive community of artists from around the world.

Well done Hoda!


Welcome to one of our newest tutors; Kristian Haggblom

We’re incredibly happy to have Kristian Haggblom joining us at PSC as one of our fantastic tutors!
Kristian is an artist, curator and academic whose interests include expanded documentary and dialogues between photography and text.

In 2010 he was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for Arts in Finland Studio. Haggblom completed his PhD at Monash University in 2014 and he is the founder of Wallflower Photomedia Gallery.

Welcome to PSC Kristian, we’re all looking forward to getting some amazing advice and chatting about our work.
See more of Kristian’s work here

PSC students, graduates and staff amongst finalists for Australian Photobook of the Year Award

We’re thrilled to share the news of the following finalists for the Australian Photobook of the Year Award!

  • Hannah Nikkelson, Golden Triangle (Self Published) – final year bachelor degree student
  • Fuad Osmancevic, Elsewhere (Self Published) – final year bachelor degree student
  • Jade Byrnes, Kinglake (Self Published) – 2016 graduate of the bachelor degree
  • Clare Steele, J.W. (Self Published) – 2015 graduate of the bachelor degree
  • Katrin Koenning & Sarker Protick, Astres Noirs (Chose Commune) – Katrin Koenning teaches the Photojournalism major in our bachelor degree and Sarker Protick has taught a bunch of our bachelor degree students in workshops at the Obscura Festival of Photography workshops in Penang, Malaysa.

Congratulations everyone! The winners will be announced on Friday the 17th of February – we can’t wait to hear!

(L to R) Astres Noirs, Golden Triangle, J.W., Kinglake, Elsewhere.

Meet PSC Teacher Scott McNaughton

Scott McNaughton is one of our teachers of the part time advanced diploma course. Outside of PSC, he worked for Fairfax Media for 20 years up until November last year, when he decided to pursue more freelance work and also signed on with Getty Images.

Scott is also a graduate of PSC and began shooting as a press photographer during his second year of studies after meeting the pick editor of Community News, owned by Fairfax, and arranging to show him some of his work. Ever since, Scott has been creating a niche within the field of photojournalism.

by Scott McNaughton

In 2006, Scott met Robert Banks, a features pick editor, who helped him discover the genre of features photography, which is rooted in news and photojournalism, but allows the photographer to use more of an editorial process to build an image and use commercial lighting and styling to tell a story.

“I always said when the first front page of a newspaper was shot by a phone, I knew that photojournalism would be in trouble a little bit because it always relied on a person being in a place when something is happening with a camera. As soon as that was removed from the equation, it became more about the device. I knew that photojournalism would need to reinvent itself, so thats why I made the decision to learn lighting and learn how to do things that a camera phones can’t do. Then you bring something else thats a bit more technical to the table.”

Aside from the actual photography, Scott says that the most important thing is to be able to relate to your subjects and make them feel comfortable in front of the camera.

“I spend a lot of time talking to subjects and allowing them to relax. Often you’ll be photographing someone who isn’t used to being in front of the camera, so you need to make them feel comfortable with everything that’s going on and draw something out of them that’s about who they are.”

by Scott McNaughton

 For many years now, Scott has been sharing his passion for photography here at PSC as one of the teachers of our part time advanced diploma course.

“I love teaching photography because I think photography is a craft and the skills need to be held. The best camera in the world can’t take the best photo, it relies on the photographer. There’s a language of communication that needs to be taught, so the image can be successful. I really believe that good photography interprets.”

You can see more of Scott’s work on his Instagram and website.

Our part time advanced diploma courses are still open for application and have many intakes throughout the year along with various delivery options to suit your schedule. To arrange a tour or make an enquiry, you can contact PSC on (03) 9682 3191 or via our website.

by Scott McNaughton

Teacher Hoda Afshar Featured by Der Greif

Earlier in December, our talented teacher Hoda Afshar was featured in Der Greif #9 and was given the opportunity to write numerous blog entries on contemporary photography.

Be sure to check out the magazine and online blog entries here.

by Hoda Afshar

Exhibition Follow Up

It’s been a busy month here at PSC! Last Tuesday night, we opened our annual PSC End of Year Exhibition. In addition to our exhibition opening, our students and teachers have been part of a huge range of exhibitions over the past month including Always Already, PSCinema, our second year bachelor photobook exhibition, the CCP Salon, Fresh16 and Hoda Afshar’s In the exodus, I love you more.

PSC End of Year Exhibition

PSC End of Year Exhibition

We’re always so proud to see our students and teachers constantly achieve great things in the local and worldwide photographic community! Over the coming weeks, we will be featuring a range of students, graduates and teachers who have been achieving great things in our industry as well as those who have been working hard on their own personal projects.

Numerous students featured in our End of Year Exhibition have images for sale on our PSC Photo Sales page. If you’d like the opportunity to own a piece of the amazing work produced by our students, be sure to check it out!

Meet the First Year Bachelor Teachers for 2017

Last week, you heard from some of our students who have just finished their first year in the Bachelor Degree course, now meet the teachers!

Sarina Lirosi / @sarina_lirosi on Instagram
Sarina is a visual artist with extensive exhibiting experience. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and was represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery between 1994-2001.

Over the years she has also been invited to exhibit in both curated and group shows, including an exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery and a curated show at the Immigration Museum Melbourne.

Sarina has been a finalist in many award exhibitions including the National Works on Paper prize at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, and the Hutchins Art Prize in Hobart. Sarina has also been the recipient of a number of grants including a work development grant from the Australia Council.

Sarina’s practice centers around photography and mixed media, and explores the absurdity of being human.

by Sarina Lirosi

by Sarina Lirosi

Craig Wetjen / @cwetch on Instagram
Craig has worked in the photographic industry for 30 years. So far his career highlights are shooing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories documenting the Mars Pathfinder and Cassini satellite projects, styling and shooting food photography in Seattle USA.

Craig has exhibited at Court House Arts (Geelong) in 2012 & 2013, Ballarat Foto Biennale in 2013 & 2015, a featured exhibitor at the Head On Photo Festival in 2015 and is currently exhibiting at University Hospital Geelong.

In 2013, Craig was inducted as a National Ambassador for Beyond Blue for his work with his Men and their Sheds book project, which aims to increase awareness of men’s mental health.

by Craig Wetjen

by Craig Wetjen

Roland Dempster / @rolandjdempster on Instagram
Roland graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) and a Bachelor of Education (Media) at Deakin University in 2009 and began working as a freelance photographer.

In 2012 he received a Master of Communication from RMIT, in which his thesis explored how formal aesthetics shape the way we read photojournalistic images.

Roland currently teaches Camera Craft & Digital Photographic Practice at Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne. Roland continues to freelance for a variety of clients, producing a range of architectural, event and lifestyle work.

Currently, Roland is also rededicating himself to his artistic pursuits and working on a range of projects exploring how our perception of the world can be influenced by colour and abstraction.

by Roland Dempster

by Roland Dempster

Anat Cossen / @anat_cossen on Instagram
Anat is a commercial photographer and production manager, who also maintains her art practice. Her work has been shown at Edmund Pearce Gallery (Melbourne), Open space gallery (Melbourne), Jewish museum (Melbourne) and Tel-Hai Museum of Art (Israel).

In 2013 Anat was invited to give an artist talk at the photographic biennale in Bendigo. Anat mentored students at Hadassah College, Jerusalem (1998) and has worked as a trainer for a number of photographic studios and printing labs in Melbourne (2000-2003) before started lecturing at Photography Studies College in 2009.

Anat’s work explores change and transition in time and place.

by Anat Cossen

by Anat Cossen