May 18, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 19 May 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - the fabulous and expansive Festival of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) featuring Bill Henson, William Eggleston, Patrick Pound, Ross Coulter, Zoe Croggon and more is now on. This is a really wonderful opportunity to see an eclectic selection of photography, some of which you'll love and others you'll loathe, but isn't that the beauty of art! And it's all FREE. Give yourself half a day at least to get through it all.

Special Feature: Melbourne
Festival of Photography - NGV

Bill Henson
I love these landscape works of Henson's and they look magnificent in the gallery which has been painted a deep grey that allows the works to draw you in with their quiet majesty. Until 24 August.



Untitled 2008/09
inkjet print
127 x 180 cm
© Bill Henson




Untiled 2009/10 2009–2010
Inkjet print  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australia Artist, 2011 (2012.9) 

© Bill Henson




Untitled 2008/09 inkjet print 127 x 180 cm
© Bill Henson



William Eggleston: Portraits
There's something so quirky and offbeat about Eggleston's work that you can't help but smile at the absurdity of it (if not the photograph itself, you'll get a laugh out of the often ridiculous curatorial explanations). Of course there is nostalgia now attached to these images which capture and reflect culture themes of a particular time in America that has now passed. Until 18 June. 

Untitled (Memphis, Tennessee), c.1969-71 Dye-transfer print, 55.5 x 36.8cm 
Wilson Centre for Photography 
© Eggleston Artistic Trust 

Untitled (the artist’s uncle, Adyn Schuyler Senior, with assistant and driver, Jasper Staples, in Cassidy Bayou, Sumner, Mississippi), 1969-70  
Pigment print, printed 2016, 111.8 x 152.4cm 
Courtesy the Eggleston Artistic Trust and David Zwirner, New York/London 
© Eggleston Artistic Trust 

Untitled, c.1965-9
Pigment print, printed 2016, 33.4 x 51cm Eggleston Artistic Trust
© Eggleston Artistic Trust


Untitled (Memphis, Tennessee), 1965 Dye-transfer print, 45.1 x 30.5cm Wilson Centre for Photography
© Eggleston Artistic Trust 



Untitled, 1965-8
Dye-transfer print, printed 2004 30.5 x 45.1cm
Wilson Centre for Photography © Eggleston Artistic Trust


Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition
(at Ian Potter Gallery Federation Square)  
This exhibition is crazy in the most delightful way. Pound, who must be an eccentric character to collect other people's photos, has amassed an unbelievable collection, which is presented in groups - pictures where people have been cut out, faces burned or scratched, removing their identity in an attempt to erase them from the lives of those who have cast out these images; pictures that feature items such as lamps; pictures where the camera case or the photographer's hand is in view; pictures that have been screwed up and tossed out; and those that feature pairs. Stuff that most people would pass by hold fascination for Pound who keeps all of these bits and pieces carefully filed away in boxes. Love it. Until 30 July. 

Patrick Pound
New Zealander/Australian 1962–
The photographer’s shadow 2000–17 (detail)
Collection of the artist
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland © Patrick Pound

Damaged 2008−17 (detail)
Collection of the artist
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland © Patrick Pound

The hand of the photographer 2007−17 (detail)
Collection of the artist
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
 © Patrick Pound


The hand of the photographer 2007−17 (detail)
Collection of the artist 
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland © Patrick Pound


Pairs (and the double) 2016−17 (detail) 
Collection of the artist 
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland   
© Patrick Pound  


Damaged 2008−17 (detail) 
Collection of the artist 
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland © Patrick Pound
Damaged 2008−17 (detail) 
Collection of the artist 
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland © Patrick Pound

Lamps 2016–17 (detail)
Collection of the artist 
Courtesy of Station, Melbourne, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland   
© Patrick Pound 

Zoë Croggon: Tenebrae
Melbourne artist Zoë Groggon was commissioned by the NGV to create these photo collages that draw on themes of the physical body and the environment. It's an interesting, abstract collection that is visually engaging. Until 30 July.

 
Bow 2013 
Collection of the artist 
Courtesy of the artist and Daine Singer, Melbourne © Zoë Croggon 

Fonteyn 2012 
digital type C print 
102.8 x 99.9 cm 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  
Purchased with funds arranged by Loti Smorgon for Contemporary Australian Photography, 2013 (2013.699) © Zoë Croggon 

 
Kink 2015 
Collection of the artist 
Courtesy of the artist and Daine Singer, Melbourne © Zoë Croggon 

Ross Coulter: Audience
This black and white photographic series documents audience members who were photographed in more than seventy Melbourne galleries and museums between 2013 and 2016. The thing I found most interesting about this exhibition was recognising people I knew in the pictures and working out where the spaces were. Until 16 July.

Ross Coulter 
Audience 2013–16 (detail) silver gelatin prints 
20.0 x 25.0 cm each Collection of the artist 
© the artist  

Ross Coulter 
Audience 2013–16 (detail) silver gelatin prints 
20.0 x 25.0 cm each Collection of the artist 
© the artist  

Ross Coulter 
Audience 2013–16 (detail) silver gelatin prints 
20.0 x 25.0 cm each Collection of the artist 
© the artist 

NGV Collection:  Random Images
And to wrap up this week's post here are a few random images that caught my eye from the NGV photography collection. Until August. 

Polly Borland 
Australian born 1959 
Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig) 2010  
type C photograph 
1815.0 x 1500.0 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2012 (2012.333) © Polly Borland 

Paola Pivi 
Italian born 1971 
All white except one 2012  
digital type C print  
180 x 180 cm  
ed. 5/5 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2013 (2013.37) © Paola Pivi, courtesy Galerie Perrotin 

Pieter Hugo 
South African born 1976 
Green Point Common, Cape Town 2013  
from the Kin series 
digital type C print 
105.0 x 139.0 cm 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 
Bowness Family Fund for Contemporary Photography, 2014 (2014.36) 
© Pieter Hugo, courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Danny Singer  
Canadian born 1945 
Gainsborough winter sky 2015  
from the Big sky series 
inkjet print 
112.0 x 190.0 cm, 
ed. 4/5 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2015 (2015.487) © Danny Singer 

Plus some images I took with my camera (not phone) during my outing at the NGV!

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor 2017

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor 2017

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor 2017

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor 2017

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor 2017

(C) Alison Stieven-Taylor 2017


May 12, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 12th May, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - three very different exhibitions are on in Melbourne with works by Helga Leunig, a group show on street photography and Tom Goldner. Plus David Katzenstein's fabulous Bronx Bodegas photo essay. And for those in Sydney, don't forget that Head On Photo Festival is on until the end of the month.

Exhibitions:
Helga Leunig - 3 weeks in Cuba

Australian documentary photographer Helga Leunig brings to life the everyday in her beautiful, relaxed and joyful images of Havana, Cuba.
















(C) All images Helga Leunig

Until 7 July
3 weeks in Havana
Epworth Art Gallery
1 Epworth Place
Waurn Ponds Geelong
(about an hour from Melbourne)

Group Show - Shot in the Heart of Melbourne
This annual street photography and photojournalism exhibition, which is now in its 6th year, features work by 21 diverse photographers who use the city as their canvas to “celebrate the decisive, and often indecisive, but always graceful moments that occur within our gritty, yet beautiful city”. Presented by the Australian Association of Street Photographers.

'Degraves Street Reflection' Mark Lourensz

'K9 Uber' Kathy Chapman 

'Footscray Station Footbridge' Joe Chow 

 
'Bourke Street from Spencer Street' Joe Chow

Until 22 May
Victorian Artists Society
430 Albert Street
East Melbourne 

Tom Goldner - Passage
Melbourne photographer, and gallery owner, Tom Goldner's Passage features photographs taken on medium format film and meticulously printed by Goldner in the Fox Darkroom which he founded in 2014. These contrasty, black and white images of the Mont Blanc regions of Italy, France and Switzerland taken in 2015 and 2016, capture this majestic landscape, and show how analogue practices can bring something new to the contemporary landscape discourse.



  


(C) Tom Goldner

Until 21 May
The Fox Darkroom & Gallery
8 Elizabeth Street
Kensington
(enter via laneway)

Photo Essay:
David Katzenstein - Radiant Excess: Inside Bronx Bodegas


I love this series that captures this American tradition in all its colourful eccentricity and celebrates the diversity of one of New York's most iconic boroughs, The Bronx. To see more visit David Katzenstein's website. 




(C) All images David Katzenstein