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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.

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?

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.

News: Netflix Releases New Documentary ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’

Netflix has finally entered the design world with its new series, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’.

The documentary focuses on the lives, crafts and perspectives of the best creative workers in their respective fields, such as architecture, apparel, graphic design, and photography. With imaginative visual, the series dissects the thinking and working process of these creators in unconventional ways.

The featured creators, who each gets an episode, are illustrator Christoph Niemann, footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, stage designer Es Devlin, architect Bjarke Ingels, automotive designer Ralph Gilles, graphic designer Paula Scher, photographer Platon, and interior designer Ilse Crawford.

‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ was launched as a part of the Docuseries Showcase at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is available via streaming now.

Art Galleries and Creative Spaces To Check Out In Redfern

When getting your art fix, the best places to check out reside within the creative villages in Redfern. Take a couple of your creative friends and spend a lovely crafternoon exploring the melting pot of cultures within the outskirts of Sydney.
Here are few inspiring galleries and spaces for you to check out:

White Rabbit
Described as a “sizable art gallery featuring contemporary Chinese works” founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson in 2000. White Rabbit is an ideal place to relax where you can also enjoy a street-level tea house with snacks.

Carriageworks
Located inside the industrial pockets of Redfern, Carriageworks breathes as a contemporary and multi-arts centre. Lead by local artists, Carriageworks engages with other creatives and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues.

Blakspot
A private art space in the core of Redfern, Blakspot pays tribute to our indigenous ancestors holding a collection of Aboriginal artworks.  Inspired by the natural flora and fauna of Australia as well as the stories of our original landowners, Blakspot is a great window into Australia’s history.

The Bearded Tit
Don’t get too excited by the name, the Bearded Tit is just a vibrant bar and art space on Regents St. With quirky decor, including wall-mounted animal heads and gilt mirrors, the Bearded Tit welcomes all walks of life who enjoy art and the occasional hair on the dog.

Nussinov Gallery
For Micha Nussinov fans, Nussinov Gallery is a home for all of Micha’s creative and audio works of art. The gallery exhibits the diverse and evocative range of her creations. Uncover the layers of her digital collages and her illustrations.

Digital: Six Designers To Follow on Instagram

As I mentioned in the previous post, Instagram is not just a place to procrastinate or look at your friends’ breakfast – it is also a place to share one’s works and inspire each other.

With designers, this view seems more befitting than ever. Instagram could be portfolio to some and inspiration moodboard for others. Here are a few Instagram accounts that you should follow for some of the most creative, unique and forward-thinking works on the net.

  1. Lucia Litman

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As a photographer and food stylist, Litman’s work shows wit and charm through colourful palette and a spoonful of humour.

  1. Lauren Hom

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Hom is a designer, illustrator and hand letterer who is currently travelling around the world. She has worked on projects for clients like Starbucks, Youtube, Google and TIME Magazine.

  1. Daniel Aristizabal

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Aristizabal is a motion graphics designer and animator. For imaginative 3D illustrations, look no further.

  1. Andrew Kovacs


Kovacs’s penchant for architecture is demonstrated in his account, through photographs of unique structures, floor plan sketches, and more.

  1. The Company You Keep


TCYK is a design-led company based in Melbourne. Specialising in brand identity and strategy, TCYK’s works will get everyone sold.

  1. Dwell Magazine

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Dwell’s Instagram account offers compelling architecture and interior design photographs, from cottages in Baja California, Mexico to farm homes in Dolomite mountains in northeastern Italy.

Digital: Five Instagram Photographers To Follow

Instagram is not only a place to procrastinate – it could also be a place to find new inspirations and discover emerging visual artists.

A lot of photographers have featured their works and portfolio on Instagram for you to keep an eye on. Here are a few that you might like…

 

Michael Christopher Brown (@michaelchristopherbrown)

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Brown is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. His latest pictures were taken in Cuba and Congo.

 

Theron Humphrey (@thiswildidea)

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If you like rustic American scene and dogs, @thiswildidea would be the right account to follow. Humphrey’s pictures often feature his dog, Maddie the Coonhound.

 

Tiffany Nguyen (@tiffpenguin)

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When she is not working as a dentist, the Los Angeles-based photographer would be trawling outdoors and taking pictures of natural landscapes.

 

Vicky Navarro (@lavicvic)

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For sharp urban photography with dark palette, check out this account.

 

Scott Schuman (@thesartorialist)

Schuman’s works show that fashion is not just about people on the runway.

Event/Exhibition: Australian Life Photography Exhibition 2016 at Hyde Park

City Of Sydney has launched an outdoor gallery/exhibition at Hyde Park, showcasing the works of finalists in Australian Life photo competition.

Focusing on the idea of Australian identity, the photographs were chosen by a panel of photographers, artists, and curators, from works submitted by emerging and professional photographers across the country.

The finalists, whose works are featured in the Park, are Marian Abboud, John Appleyard, Kris Baum, Rae Begley, Deb Bonney, Aaron Bradbrook, Simone Cheung, Cameron Cope, Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario, Ian English, Amy Jean Harding, Taweechai Iam-urairat, Kent Johnson, Jon Lewis, Georgie Mattingley, Nikki McLennan, Darren Saul, Steven Sherwin, Frank Trimarchi, Ess Vaun, Rebecca Webb, and Kerry Wilson.

The outdoor gallery runs September 15-October 9, 7am-9pm at Hyde Park North, near Archibald Fountain.