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Event: Japanese Film Festival Classics at AGNSW, Sydney

This month, the Japanese Film Festival Classics is returning to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

With the theme of Passion and Obsession, the festival is screening 16mm and 35mm films from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave eras. These films not only represent the vision of cinematic legends such as Kenji Mizoguchi and Yoshishige Yoshida, but also offer glimpses into different faces of Japan throughout the decades – from star-crossed lovers divided by class in the Meiji era to early modern feminists fighting against the societal status quo.

The screenings run Wednesdays and select Saturdays and Sundays for free. For the full program and more information, visit the AGNSW’s website.

October 3-31 | Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

Photography: Melbourne’s VAC Gallery Calls for Submissions for October Exhibition

A chance to showcase your photography work has arrived – the VAC Gallery in Melbourne is calling for submissions for its upcoming exhibition.

Set to launch in October, the exhibition Moving Melbourne: Cities don’t stand still will be highlighting “a Melbourne that’s always in motion”. Photographers are invited to submit up to three images of street photography (not posed or studio) that pay homage to the theme.

Submissions are open until Wednesday, September 19. For more information, visit the website.

Event: Sydney Contemporary

This September, the annual international art fair is returning to Carriageworks for its fourth year running.

Held from September 13 to 16, Sydney Contemporary is bringing the largest and more diverse gathering of local and international galleries, showcasing the works of more than 300 leading and emerging artists from over 30 countries. Alongside the galleries, there will be curated sectors for contemporary video, installation art and performance as well as engaging panel discussions, guided tours and educational workshops.

The participating restaurants for this year are yet to be announced, but considering the impressive lineups from last year (Billy Kwong by Kylie Kwong and Kitchen by Mike McEnearney) and the year before (Longrain and Subcontinental), we can set our expectations high.

Tickets start from $10. For more information, visit the website.

September 13-16 | Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Visual Arts: Photography is “More Dead than Ever”, Says Wim Wenders

Renowned filmmaker and photographer Wim Wenders has declared photography to be “more dead than ever”, thanks to the rise of smartphones.

In a BBC video, Wenders said while “billions” of pictures are taken every day, photography “is more dead than ever”.

“The trouble with iPhone pictures is nobody sees them,” said Wenders. “Even the people who take them don’t look at them anymore, and they certainly don’t make prints.”

While more cameras today come with features meant to assist people in creating photographs, Wenders suggested these might impede creativity. “I know from experience that the less you have, the more creative you have to become,” he said.

Wenders also said selfies do not count as photography. “I take selfies myself, of course,” said Wenders, “but it’s not photography. Looking into a mirror is not an act of photography.”

Wenders is not alone in having this sentiment. Mexican photojournalist Antonio Olmos also said that phone cameras represent a threat to photography. “Photographers are getting destroyed by the rise of iPhones,” said Olmos.

“The photographers who used to make £1000 for a weekend taking wedding pictures are the ones facing the squeeze. Increasingly, we don’t need photographers – we can do just as well ourselves.”

For this reason, Britain’s Nick Knight refused to be identified as a photographer. “I think photography stopped years ago and we shouldn’t try and hold back a new medium by defining it with old terms,” Knight said in an interview with The Business of Fashion’s Tim Blanks.

“I call it image-making — please could someone get a better description of it — because that’s what I do… So it’s based on image. That gets away from the thing of truth. Photography has been saddled as the medium of truth for so many years. That’s where its criticism has always been directed, ‘This photograph has been manipulated’ … I’m very pleased that image-making has freed itself from those constraints.”

Do you share any of this view? Is photography dead, and has “image-making” taken its place?

Event: Top Dog Film Festival, Sydney

Dogs and flicks – what’s not to love?

After its launch last year, the Top Dog Film Festival is coming back this year in Cremorne. The afternoon will be a two-hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people, with a carefully curated program of canine-themed films from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Adult tickets are $25.5, excluding booking fee. For more information and other dates, visit the Top Dog Film Festival’s website.

Sunday, July 15, 3.15pm | Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne

Event: Still Life Painting Workshop, Sydney

Make the most out of your Sunday with this art workshop.

Peacock Gallery presents Still Life Painting Workshop with Sydney artist and former ARTBAR curator Anney Bounpraseuth. In this class, Bounpraseuth will share her vibrant practice and way of making.

Materials will be provided. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sunday, June 10, 12.30-2pm | Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn

Event/Exhibition: Meet the Maker: Little Rowan Redhead

Want to learn more about printmaking? Learn from the expert up and close at this workshop.

Australian Design Centre’s Meet the Maker is bringing printmaker Rowan Sivyer from Little Rowan Redhead, an Inner West Sydney painter and printmaker.

Sivyer will give a demonstration of her process of designing, transferring, carving and printing. You can have a go at printmaking with Sivyer sharing her techniques and answering your questions.

The event is free. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Saturday, June 2, 1-3pm | Australian Design Centre, 113-115 William Street, Darlinghurst

Visual Arts: 2018 Archibald Prize Goes to Yvette Coppersmith’s Self-Portrait

Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize for her self-portrait.

The work, titled ‘Self-portrait after George Lambert’, was chosen from among 57 finalists. The decision, made by the Art Gallery of NSW’s board of trustees, was unanimous.

“Yvette is a highly talented young artist who brings a deep and historical understanding of the tradition of contemporary art practice,” said the gallery’s director Michael Brand.

Coppersmith was also a finalist last year with a portrait of Gillian Triggs.

There were 21 self-portraits this year in the prize, a number which Brand said more than doubled the figures of recent years.

The Wynne Prize for landscape painting or figure sculpture went to Yukultji Napangati, while Kaylene Whiskey was awarded the $40,000 Sulman Prize her work ‘Kaylene TV’.

Event/Exhibition: The Blak Markets, Sydney

Looking to find great arts while supporting local artists and Indigenous communities? This is your chance.

The Blak Markets is coming to Redfern for a day filled with Aboriginal arts, craft and foods from local stallholders. Featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and producers, the event will also have performances from Redfern Dance Company’s Aboriginal Performance Group as well as live music and workshops.

For more information, visit the Blak Markets’ Facebook page.

May 27, 8am-2pm | The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George Street, Redfern

Winners of 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Revealed

British photographer Alys Tomlinson has won the Photographer of the Year prize in the Sony World Photography awards.

Her winning portfolio, ‘Ex-Voto’ featured formal portraiture, large-format landscape and still-lifes of the ‘ex-votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at Christian pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).

© Alys Tomlinson

“Alys Tomlinson is a worthy overall winner for telling a story so beautifully, quietly, and yet with a spiritual power that spoke of her sensitive engagement with the subjects and places that help define pilgrimage,” said Mike Trow, the chair of the judges and former picture editor at British Vogue.

Alongside the prize, Tomlinson also received $25,000 and a set of Sony photography kit.

Canada’s Samuel Bolduc won the Student Photographer of the Year, while Veselin Atanasov was awarded with the Open Photographer of the Year title.

© Samuel Bolduc

Early autumn ( © Veselin Atanasov)

For the complete list and works of the winners, see the World Photography Organisation’s website.