2pm - 4pm, 16th September 2017
What role should storytelling and narrative play in this era where technically beautiful photographs are within every photographer’s and smartphone owner’s reach? How important is it for today’s true art photographers to blend the conventions of reportage and beauty? With economic and political pressures upon the traditional media bringing about sudden changes to the photographic sector, we take a moment to examine the future state of Australian photography.
This seminar and podcast recording looks at how the slow death of one sector may be helping to bring about the rise of another. In Australia, as newspaper photo desks are squeezed by economic pressures, we are witnessing the birth of photographer-led networks who seek to change the status quo by driving a new set of creative standards. What is the likelihood of their survival? Is it possible for them to find a market? How do these new collectives maintain independence in their reporting techniques, and is it needed?