Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pinhole camera workshop

Pinhole camera workshop
12-4pm Saturday 27 November 2010

Want to give pinhole photography a shot? Heard about it but don't know where to start? Recently bought a Diana or a Holga with pinhole capability and want some tips?

David Tatnall will provide expert advice for beginners of all types wanting to give pinhole photography a go in this fun workshop. Tips and tricks from making an accurate pinhole, avoiding blank film, what to ask for at the lab to how to build your own or even convert a camera you already have.

Bring along your own pinhole if you have one, or there are a few different types available to purchase from SHOP@MGA or even just play with a borrowed one on the day.

Bookings Essential, limited places
$35 Friends of MGA
$40 General

Call 03 8544 0500 to book your place

About the presenter:
David Tatnall is well known for his masterful use of pinhole cameras to capture urban and natural landscapes. His runs intensive large format photography and pinhole classes where he guides you through the steps to build your own accurate camera at Gold Street Studios in Trentham East

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is Photography Global?

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, 1 December 2010, 6.15pm
What are the relations involved in the global production of photographs? In what ways are new technologies influencing, shaping or impinging on these relations? Does photography have a specific place in globalisation? Are some kinds of photography more global than others?

Is Photography Global? aims to begin an international conversation among critics, historians and practitioners of photography on global thinking within the discipline.

Paul James (Director of the Globalism Institute, RMIT), Natalie King (curator/ writer) and Matthew Sleeth (artist) will discuss issues around the global production, distribution and local reception of photographs. Led by David Bate (University of Westminster, London) and Daniel Palmer (Monash University, Melbourne).

Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George Street Fitzroy Victoria 3065 Australia
t +61 3 9417 1549 w

‘The Blue Marble’ — Earth seen from
Apollo 17, 1972.
NASA/courtesy of

Thursday, November 18, 2010

1000 words

The first in a series of illustrated talks by photographers will be held at New North Gallery this Saturday.
Guest speaker will be the winner of the 2010 New North prize Andrew Chapman.
Gold coin donation, tea and home made Anzac biscuits provided.
For further information contact the New North Gallery on +613 9018 3081 or

Friday, November 12, 2010

Andrew Chapman takes out NEW NORTH PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2010

Andrew Chapman's photograph Sea of Heartbreak won the Open section of the New North Photography Prize 2010

Chapman's still life/landscape photograph taken at Lake Eyre was one of 123 entries. The judges ssaid it showed "awareness of contemporary issues in the choice of subject matter combined with the technical excellence and use of photographic medium."

The judging panel consisted of Eugene Barilo Von Reisberg, Jeff Moorfoot, and MGA Director Shaune Lakin.

Highly Commended Awards in the Open Prize were also given to Kirsten Bowers for The Guardian and Lisa Ziino for her suite of works East 34th and 5th.

Highly Commended Awards in the Student Prize were also given to Andrej Kocis for Untitled #3 and Jessie Di Blasi for 49 Days.

Highly Commended Awards in the Portrait Prize were also given to Josephine Harkin for her portrait, Ben, and to Sean O'Carroll, for his portrait, Boy.

Total prizes $10,000: first prize valued at $5,000, including exhibition at New North.

The winner of the People's Choice Award will be announced at the closing party on Saturday 27th November, from 2pm.

For further information, images of the winning works, and interviews with the Directors, judges, and the winning artists, contact the New North Gallery on +613 9018 3081 or

The past, present and future of photography

Have a spare 15 minutes? Fill your ears with a discussion of the past, present and future of photography. SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), guided by their upcoming exhibitions and a fascinating forum from earlier this year, ask the question 'Is photography over?'.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Roger Ballen

Visitors to MGA will remember Roger Ballen's 2009 exhibition Brutal, tender, human, animal as one of the most the compelling and confronting exhibitions seen at the gallery.

A survey of Ballen's work is now on show at the Münchner Stadtmuseum in Munich until the end of February 2011 Munich.

Roger Ballen Photography 1969 - 2009 includes works from his series Boyhood as well as previously unpublished photographs taken during the years 1969-1973. Also included are works from Boarding House published in 2009, Outland (2001), Shadow Chamber (2005) and the series Asylum which is exhibited at the M√ľnchner Stadtmuseum for the very first time.

Dresie and Casie, twins, West Transvaal 1993
gelatin silver print
© Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen Photography 1969 - 2009
12 November 2010 - 27 February 2011
Opening: Thursday 11 November 2010, 7pm
Münchner Stadtmuseum / Photography Collection
St.-Jakobs-Platz 1 . D-80331 Munich
Tel: +49 (0)89 233 22370
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New North Photography Prize

The New North Prize for Photography is announced tomorrow night at the New North Gallery at 15A Railway Place, Fairfield. This is the second year of the prize, which has three categories: open, student and portrait. The winner of the open category gets to stage an exhibition at New North next year, with $2500 worth of printing included. Entries were received from a broad range of photographers and there are some great pictures on show. Be at New North at 6pm to hear the announcement.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Endless Present

Opening in November, the NGV will present Endless Present: Robert Rooney and Conceptual Art, a fascinating exhibition that features the photographs of renowned Melbourne artist Robert Rooney in the context of his collection of Australian and international conceptual art.

Through photography, prints, journals, artists’ books and even personal letters, Endless Present showcases the fundamental ideas, innovative methods of display and diverse materials that were adopted by conceptual artists in the 1960s and 1970s.

Photography from the 1970s is highlighted in MGA's exhibition program for 2011 which focuses squarely on the artistic legacy of Australian photographers from this period. Shows to look out for next year at MGA include Afterglow: performance art & photography, Brummels Gallery of Photography and exhibitions on the work of Sue Ford and Paul Cox.

Endless Present will be on display at NGV International, St Kilda Road from 12 November 2010 to 27 March 2011. Open 10am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays. Entry is free.

American 1937–
Twentysix gasoline stations 1967
published by Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles, 2nd edition
artist’s book: photo-offset lithographs, [48] pages, paper cover, stitched and glued binding, edition of 500
17.9 x 14.1 x 0.5 cm (closed)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Robert Rooney through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2009
© Ed Ruscha

Climate change and the Arts: whats the connection?

To mark the closing of Rodney Dekker's current exhibition titled Tides of resilience: climate change upon Bangladesh, Obscura Gallery is hosting an artist's talk with the artist and special guest Guy Abrahams. Climate change and the Arts: whats the connection?

Climate change and the Arts: whats the connection?
WHERE: Obscura Gallery
1st Fl, 285 Carlisle St, East St Kilda
WHEN: Tuesday 16 November 2010
TIME: 6.30 pm
INFO: 9525 9377

Rodney has a great website and blog

Kids, Padma Village, Barguna
courtesy of the artist

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pacific Stories is recruiting participants!

Pacific Stories is a project based in Melbourne that aims to explore Melanesian Identities through discussion, storytelling and filmmaking.

Pacific Stories is a media arts project based in Melbourne and set to start in December 2010 through to March 2011. We are looking for Pacific Islanders, particularly Melanesians living in Melbourne, to participate in the project. You will be involved in discussions around Melanesian identities and narratives; and you will learn all the skills you need to develop and produce a short film that explores these themes. Participation will be free and all facilities, equipment and resources will be provided. Regular workshops will be held in the Western Suburbs.

We hope that participants will benefit by learning and exploring their past and marrying their traditional knowledge with modern digital mediums to find a empowering medium that allows for culturally appropriate and rich dialogue and storytelling

To find out more, please contact Amie or Lia

OR contact Pacific Stories Facilitators:

Lia Pa’apa’a
Cultural Diversity Educator
Ph: 0405 926 209

Amie Batalibasi
Filmmaker/Community Arts Practitioner
Ph: 0457 363 219

Ponch Hawkes wins the Basil Sellers Fellowship

The National Sports Museum (NSM) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is thrilled to announce Melbourne artist Ponch Hawkes as the winner of the biennial NSM Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship 2011 – 2012.

The Fellowship, which began in 2009 and is awarded biennially funds the presence of contemporary art practice within the NSM and the MCG.

The initiative is supported by well known philanthropist and sports fan, Basil Sellers, through a financial contribution of $250,000 (to fund five, two-year cycles at $50,000 each) and his personal passion for bringing art and sport together.

The image is from Ponch's recent MGA exhibition More seeing is not understanding.

Untitled IV from the series Seeing is not understanding 2009
archival pigment print on cotton paper
courtesy of the artist and Chrysalis Gallery