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New Brand

11/03/2014 - IMAGES © ACP

We have been busy the last few weeks launching exhibitions, a new brand and the latest issue of Photofile.

Our Autumn/Winter issue is packed with the latest from Paris Photo, an interview with 19th Biennale of Sydney artist John Strezaker, and insight into the work of Melbourne artist Eliza Hutchinson.

On Friday the 28th of Feb we successfully launched our Autumn Season of exhibitions with 444 people attending. We Are Family and S/M Wonderland were opened with crowd-pleasing speeches from Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales and Prof. Vicki Karaminas Associate Professor in Design and Fashion studies, University of Technology, Sydney. Our Director, Suzanne Buljan also announced online retailer CameraPro have joined the ACP team as a Key Sponsor, kitting out our Studio with all new equipment over the coming months.

The first Photostart for 2014 was opened on the 20th of Feb showcasing the works of 70 emerging photographers.

And with a big list of events and public programs scheduled for our Autumn Season there is more and more reason to get involved.

Here is a taste of our public programs for the next month!

MARCH

Saturday 15th

Opening of new Social Gallery exhibition
Steven Cavanagh, Reward
From 10am

Free Admission

Sunday 16th

Artist Talk
Adam Geczy, S/M Wonderland
12-1pm

Free Admission

Sunday Sessions
Michele Aboud, We Are Family
2 – 4pm

Free Admission

Saturday 22nd

Public Talk
Krisztina Erdei: Stocking Accidental
Presented in partnership with the Biennale of Sydney
4-5pm

Free Admission

For more images from all our events please visit our Facebook page.

Images (left to right):

  • Image of Annie Magdalena Laerkesen, Deborah Kelly, Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, r e a, Jane Polkinghorne (The Twilight Girls) and Michele Aboud. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of S/M Wonderland artist Adam Geczy, ACP curator Tony Nolan and Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of Director Suzanne Buljan, Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, guest curator C. Moore Hardy and ACP curator Tony Nolan. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir delivering the opening speech for We Are Family. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of Prof. Vicki Karaminas delivering the opening speech for S/M Wonderland. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir with We Are Family artist Deborah Kelly. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of S/M Wonderland. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of Photostart Term 4, 2014. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of Photostart Term 4, 2014. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014
  • Image of Photostart Term 4, 2014. © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2014



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What’s ahead for the ACP

08/02/2014

One month into 2014 and we have already upgraded the digital suite, introduced new Key Sponsor 4 Pines Brewery, and most importantly announced our plans to launch our new brand.

Over the next 4 months our new brand will be rolled out gradually and will give us a renewed energy to continue to exhibit, educate and publish excellence in photomedia, both here and abroad. We are committed to revitalising our courses, workshops and membership benefits, along with the creation of some very exciting and engaging public programs.

It all kicks off at the official opening of our upcoming Autumn Season on Feb 28 from 6pm. Join us for the celebration of our new season, the latest issue of Photofile and of course our NEW LOOK!

And if you can’t wait to see us before then come along to the opening night of our first instalment of Photostart for 2014 on Thursday 20 Feb 6pm-8pm.

Image courtesy and © Zain Dom, 2013




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Summer Season 2014 Launch

19/12/2013

With Christmas just around the corner the ACP wanted to take the time to reflect on the year that has been both in our galleries and in the broader scope of photography, and look at what’s in store for the ACP in 2014.

In the past 12 months the ACP has seen many changes. We have said goodbye to staff and welcomed new members to the team, including new Director Suzanne Buljan just last month. Our photographic journal, Photofile, was re-launched in March after an 18-month hiatus and since then has had a critical and popular response both here and overseas. The ACP also produced a range of beautifully designed artist publications, including Ian North's sell-out Felicia: South Australia 1973-1978, and the just-released Aphasia catalogue and CD.

In August we partnered with COFA and the National Art Museum of China for Making Change: Celebrating 40 years of Australia-China Diplomatic Relations. This joint collaboration returned from 90,000 visitors at NAMOC, Beijing in 2012 to take place as the inaugural exhibition at the new COFA Galleries and was a finalist in the 2012 Australian Arts in Asia Award.

Our Winter Season 2013 showcased works by some of Australia’s most respected artists, including an extensive survey of 2013 Bowness Photography Prize winner Pat Brassington’s 30-year career in À Rebours, curated by Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney 2014. Contemplations, the year-long exhibition by Robert Besanko, invited audiences to contemplate a selection of 12 original Kodalith prints and their enlarged digital counterparts, presenting a rare opportunity to slow down and observe. On an international level this season also brought the renowned American photojournalist David Burnett (Contact Press Images New York). His series of photographs of American presidents from JFK to Obama wowed crowds including the US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, and his tales of being up close and personal in the political arena for three decades enthralled audiences and staff alike.

Overall our Winter Season 2013 alone saw more than 5000 visitors walk through the ACP's doors to discover Brassington, Burnett and Besanko. A monograph for Besanko’s Contemplations will be released early next year.

Our pop-up student exhibitions, Photostart, have also been a tremendous success with over 500 people attending this year. Congratulations to all who were selected and special mention to our 2013 winners so far: Juan Carbonell, Chris Gianacas and Andrew Simms. Join us in February 2014 for the selected works from this year’s Term 4 photographic students.

The ACP was also nominated for three awards in 2013 and curator Tony Nolan was involved in the judging of three international and Australian photographic prizes. Overall a huge year for exhibitions.

Our public programs and events were also extremely successful with the long-awaited book launch of Australian photographer Rennie Ellis’s Decade taking place in our gallery, collaborations with Art & About and Art Month, and of course our Open Day in September. Sunday Sessions were introduced in July this year and since then the ACP has hosted seven separate events with photographers working in a variety of genres, including architecture, underwater photography and live music. Over 250 people have attended these sessions and we are looking forward to continuing this program in 2014, kicking things off with photographer and ACP tutor Steven Cavanagh in February.

Exhibition-related public programs, including artist talks, behind the scenes and film screenings have been well received, and there are more tours, workshops and forums scheduled for 2014.

In the world of photography we’ve been pushed to the limits of the medium with the exponential increase in photographic technology. Even the 2013 World Press Photo awards courted controversy, when the Swedish winner was presumed to have used editing software excessively. This has led to stricter rules for 2014 requiring photographers to submit the original unedited raw files along with their submission. We mourned the passing of master photographer, Lewis Morley, recognised for his portraits from the 1960s, most notably of model Christine Keeler and celebrated the news that artist Fiona Hall will be the first to grace the new Australian Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The ACP was recently awarded the National Library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grant, allowing us to delve into our archive and begin to highlight stories and works from our 40-year collection.

Overall it has been an eventful year for both Photography and the ACP. We will be closed from the 23rd of December to the 6th of January but hope you will join us again in the New Year for the exciting programs we have scheduled. We even have a few surprises up our sleeve.

Thanks for your continuing support and best wishes for the holidays.

The ACP.

Images (left to right):

  • Summer Season 2014 Launch – Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Photofile Re-Launch - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Making Change: Celebrating 40 years of Australia-China diplomatic relations – Image courtesy & © NAMOC
  • Summer Season 2014 Launch - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Photostart Term 1 Launch - Image © ACP, 2013
  • Photostart Term 2 Launch - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Photostart Term 3 Launch - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Sunday Sessions: Alethia Casey - Image © ACP, 2013
  • Sunday Sessions: Maclay Heriot & Michael Waite - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Sunday Sessions: Richard Glover - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Open Day: Photoshoot - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Behind the Scenes: Emanual Angelicas - Image © Vassi Dyulgerova, 2013
  • Walking Photography Tour: Garry Trinh - Image © Michael Waite, 2013



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ACP Board announces new Director and ACP receives NLA grant

26/11/2013

Thursday 21st of November the chair of the Australian Centre for Photography’s (ACP) Board announced Education and Public Programs Manager, Suzanne Buljan, as the new Director.

With the launch of our Summer Season 2014 coming up, the ACP is thrilled to have Suzanne in the role as we build towards a 2014 with an exciting program of exhibitions, events and courses scheduled.

The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) has been at the forefront of photographic discourse and practice since 1973. As one of the longest running contemporary art spaces in Australia we are extremely proud of our past and confident in our future as we continue to engage with our extended photographic community and examine what it means to make images in the 21st century. With Suzanne’s skills and experience as a Photomedia artist and her work with leading universities, art schools and various other creative enterprises the ACP is sure to continue to lead the way in the exhibition, publication and education of photography.

In other news the ACP was recently awarded a Community Heritage Grant from National Libraries of Australia. Our Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Historic Projects, Belinda Hungerford, visited Canberra in early November to take part in a series of Collection Significance and Preservation Workshops and to attend the award ceremony on behalf of the ACP. This grant will allow the ACP to preserve and endorse the significance of our archive for future generations and provide an important resource in tracking the history of photographic practice within Australian and photography’s recognition as art.

Image Suzanne Buljan, Noah's Ark, 2009. Courtesy and © the artist




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David Moore: Capturing the Creation of the Sydney Opera House

27/10/2013

The Sydney Opera House is celebrating its 40-year anniversary with an impressive program of special events. A photographic highlight will undoubtedly be the two-part exhibition of selected works from one of the founders of the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), the renowned Australian photojournalist David Moore (1927-2003).

Coinciding with the opening of the ACP in Paddington in 1973, Moore was busy photographing the unveiling of Jorn Utzon’s masterpiece on Sydney Harbour, the construction of which he first begun documenting in 1962. Moore described the Opera House as ‘a fabulous freestanding sculpture’, and his passion and skill with a camera can be seen with these poetic images positioned in Customs House Square and on display until October 27.

Curated by Moore’s daughter Lisa, the exhibition will then continue on inside the Customs House building from November in conjunction with the 2013 Sydney Architecture Festival.

David Moore: Capturing the Creation of the Sydney Opera House

20 October to 27 October 2013 - Customs House Square

1 November 2013 – 26 January 2014 - Level 2, Customs House

Free Admission

Born in Sydney, and known for his iconic images documenting Australian postwar life, Moore was instrumental in establishing a place for photography within the broader context of fine art. As one of the founders of the ACP, Moore helped bring to Australia one of the world’s most influential curators and writers on photography, John Szarkowski, then director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Moore also recorded the 1974 visit with his camera, and these images grace the current issue of Photofile, where they accompany editor Michael Fitzgerald’s essay, ‘A great stir’.

These stories and more are available in our latest edition of Photofile.

Images (left to right):

Reinforcing steel, Sydney Opera House, 1962 © David Moore
Images of the exhibition David Moore: Capturing the Creation of the Sydney Opera House, courtesy and © Lisa Moore
John Szarkowski © David Moore



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Lights, Camera, Open Day

04/10/2013 - IMAGE © Justin Ridler, Lydia, Sydney, 2013

On Saturday the 28th of September we invited you all to join us for our 2013 Open Day. This annual event showcased the diversity of the Australian Centre for Photography and of the medium itself, with captivating talks from current exhibiting artists, Rowan Conroy & Emmanuel Angelicas. To allow visitors to see artists throughout their creative process, we hosted a live fashion shoot, with photographer Justin Ridler, and a beauty retouching session with Matt Jones. Both of which are courses offered by the ACP, with Beauty Retouching currently on offer for TERM 4. To round off the event we included portfolio reviews, a blurb books session and the opportunity to create your own pinhole camera! The day was a huge success and thank you to all who were able to attend. We hope you left with smile and small memento of the day, in the form of an ACP badge or a photo from the always enjoyable, Funbooth.

If you missed out on this year’s event and can’t wait for 2014, why not join us for our free ‘Watch Me Wednesdays’ film series or to see more images from the Open Day visit our Facebook page.

The day would not have been a success without the tireless efforts of the ACP staff and tutors, and the generous support of the following contributors:

Thank you,

Ben Stone-Herbert, Blurb Books, David Haines, Dean Lewins, Elin Paulsson, Emmanuel Angelicas, Funbooth, I.M.G, Lorelei Carneiro, Matt Jones, Michael Waite, Nelson Nikolic, Rowan Conroy, Steven Cavanagh, Sun Studios, Tim Silver, Tony Nolan, Vassi Dyulgerova and Wolfwerks Photography

Fashion Shoot - Lydia, Sydney, 2013

Photographer - Justin Ridler © The Artist Group, Stylist - Chiara Bianchino © Absorb, Make up - Kimberly Forbes © oneninetynine, Model - Lydia Hunt @ IMG




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Sunday Sessions 8 September 2013

16/09/2013 - IMAGES © Francesca D’Amico & Heather Rogers

On Sunday 8 September the Australian Centre for Photography hosted the third of its FREE monthly lectures as part of the Sunday Session series.

Guest speaker Steve Lock gave an insightful lecture on underwater photography. He showed a wide array of equipment used to photograph in this unique environment as well as giving technical tips and showing various styles of underwater photography, all accompanied by a dazzling slide show.

Past Sunday Sessions speakers include ACP lecturers Michael Waite and Glenn Lockitch.

October session announced soon!

Images (left to right):

  • Steve Lock discusses underwater photography
  • Steve Lock engages the Sunday Sessions crowd
  • Steve Lock’s underwater camera equipment
  • Steve Lock demonstrates the workings of his underwater camera equipment



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Rennie Ellis Book Launch

16/09/2013 - IMAGES © Benjamin Stone-Herbert

On Saturday 7 September 2013 the Australian Centre for Photography reminisced about the 1970s with the book launch of Decade 1970-1980. Published by Hardie Grant, the book features the work one of Australia’s most loved street photographers, Rennie Ellis.

It was a star-studded event hosted by the director of the Rennie Ellis Archive Manuela Furci and the engaging and entertaining speakers included photojournalist Stephen Dupont, filmmaker Paul Cox and media personality Deborah Thomas who shared their personal stories about Rennie Ellis.

With 70s music filling the gallery and superb catering provided by Maurice Terzini of Bondi Icebergs, the event was one not to be missed!

Images (left to right):

  • Rennie Ellis book launch Decade 1970-1980
  • Rennie Ellis book launch
  • Book launch attendees
  • Book launch attendees
  • Deborah Thomas and book launch attendees
  • Photographer William Yang, Director of the Rennie Ellis Archive Manuela Furci and Publishing director at Hardie Grant Books Paul McNally
  • Book launch attendees
  • Stephen Dupont
  • Deborah Thomas and Paul Cox
  • Deborah Thomas
  • David Wenham and Aden Young
  • Stephen Dupont and Manuela Furci sign copies of Decade 1970-1980
  • Director of the Rennie Ellis Archive Manuela Furci
  • Rennie Ellis book launch



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Spring Season 2013 Launch

16/09/2013 - IMAGES © Benjamin Stone-Herbert

On Friday 30 August the Australian Centre for Photography officially launched the Spring Season for 2013. Featuring the ten-year odyssey of Australian photographer Emmanuel Angelicas and his perspective of Bali; Rowan Conroy’s rephotography of images taken by Professor William Woodhouse of ancient Greek sites from a hundred years ago; and the continuation of the twelve-month project Contemplations by Robert Besanko.

The Centre was delighted to have esteemed photographer Max Pam speak on the work of Emmanuel Angelicas and Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum, Michael Turner share his insights on Rowan Conroy’s exhibition.

Images (left to right):

  • Event attendees
  • Event attendees
  • Event attendees
  • Artist Rowan Conroy
  • Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum Michael Turner, ACP Assistant Curator Belinda Hungerford and ACP Curator Tony Nolan
  • Event attendees
  • Artist Emmanuel Angelicas talking about his work
  • ACP Curator Tony Nolan introduces the Spring Season 2013
  • Photographer Max Pam speaks about the work of Emmanuel Angelicas
  • Event attendees
  • ACP tutor Michael Waite and Mike Buick
  • Event attendees
  • Artist Emmanuel Angelicas



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Photostart 23-25 August 2013

16/09/2013 - IMAGES © Francesca D’Amico

A pop-up exhibition of new and emerging photographers showcased the works of ACP’s photography course students from Terms 1 & 2 2013. The ACP’s Suzanne Buljan – Manager, Education and Public Programs and Steven Cavanaugh – ACP tutor, presented the opening night awards to the talented recipients.

First Prize: Juan Carbonell, Camera Craft 2
Second Prize: Nelson Nikolic, Street Photography
Highly Commended: Lorelei Carneiro, Camera Craft 3
Staff Pick: Gabrielle Botros, Camera Craft 2

Images (left to right):

  • ACP’s Manager of Education & Public Programs, Suzanne Buljan, launches the Photostart exhibition
  • ACP tutor Steven Cavanaugh announces the award winners
  • ACP student Lorelei Carneiro receives her prize
  • Photostart attendees
  • Photostart attendees
  • Photostart attendees



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Winter Season 2013 Launch

08/07/2013 - IMAGES © Vassi Dyulgerova

On Friday 31 May 2013 the Australian Centre for Photography officially launched the Winter Season for 2013. Featuring the works of Australian artist Pat Brassington, curated by Juliana Engberg, whose works reference the tradition of surrealist photography; leading American Photojournalist David Burnett (as part of Reportage Festival) one of the few photographers to have made images of all US Presidents since JFK; and the continuation of the twelve month project Robert Besanko Contemplations.

The Centre was privileged to have Niels Marquardt Consul General, the Consulate General of the United States of America attend with his wife Judi Marquardt to officially launch the Season.

The exceptional speakers for the evening included Alexie Glass-Kantor, Mike Bowers, Stephen Dupont and David Burnett.

Images (left to right):

  • David Burnett and Seal
  • David Burnett Seal and Lauren Dawes
  • Lauren Dawes and Seal
  • Alexie Glass-Kantor
  • David Burnett, US Consul General Neils Marquardt, the Hon. Craig Knowles
  • Event attendees
  • Event attendees
  • Kon Gouriotis and Roslyn Oxley
  • Mike Bowers, Kon Gouriotis and Alexie Glass-Kantor
  • Sonal Kantaria and Lynne Roberts-Goodwin
  • Stephen Dupont and David Burnett
  • Stephen Dupont and David Burnett
  • Stephen Dupont
  • The Hon. Craig Knowles, David Burnett and US Consul General Neils Marquardt
  • US Consul General Neils Marquardt and Kon Gouriotis
  • US Consul General Neils Marquardt



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Photostart

08/07/2013 - IMAGES © Vassi Dyulgerova

The pop-up exhibition of new and emerging photographers launched on 23 May and was open to the public until 26 May 2013. Photostart is an Australian Centre for Photography curated exhibition of student works from the photographic courses from Term 1 2013. Congratulations to all the students involved and thank you to our sponsor Aesop for generously donating a lovely prize pack.

Images (left to right):

  • ACP student Andrea Tay receives her prize kindly donated by Aesop
  • Photostart launch attendees
  • Photostart launch event attendees
  • Photostart launch event attendees
  • Photostart launch event attendees
  • Photostart launch event May 2013



Photofile digital version now available

08/07/2013

Australian Centre for Photography is excited to announce that Photofile is now available as a digital version on iPad, iPhone and Android devices! Copies can be purchased from the AppStore or from www.ilovemagazines.com.au.

Photofile



See Also: Complete 2013 News Archive