The Future State of Australian Photography

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Rowrow and Baby John small.png
Heidi_Romano.jpg
pennyDINKUS1.jpg
(c)Raphaela Rosella.jpg
Morganna Magee.jpg

The Future State of Australian Photography

9.09

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?

This is a seminar made up of the leading lights of Australian documentary photography, known best for their work overseas rather than here. Our panellists include:

  • Heidi Romano - independent artist with over 15 years of experience within the field of photography. In late 2009 she founded UNLESS YOU WILL, an acclaimed online photography magazine. In February 2015 she directed the inaugural Photobook Melbourne festival. In 2017, she directed a conference ‘A weekend of conversations, inspiration & insights’, presenting a collection of notable photographers from around the world.
  • Morganna Magee - an Australian social documentary photographer and educator based in Melbourne, Victoria. Co-founder of the Lumina Collective. Finalist in the Maggie Diaz prize, finalist in the National Portrait Prize 2013, finalist 2012 and the 2016 headon portrait prize. Morganna’s work centres around long term projects, challenging the traditional relationship between photographer and subject. 
  • Raphaela Rosella - an Australian photographer working in the tradition of long-form documentary storytelling. Raphaela has exhibited in Photoquai (France), Noorderlicht Photofestival (Netherlands) and Photo Ireland (Ireland). Attendee of World Press Photo’s prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass. First Prize (Portrait Singles Category) World Press Photo Contest (2015) and Australian Photobook of the Year (Momentro Pro) (2015).
  • Penny Stephens - Penny Stephens is a photographer in Melbourne. She worked for The Age for 22 years where she witnessed the daily rawness of life. In 2011 she went to Afghanistan with the ADF. Her work on the effects of climate
    change in the Solomon Islands won a UN media award. Penny was also a finalist in the Moran Photographic Portrait prize. In an increasingly fractured news media, she believes great photojournalism is more vital than ever.

Seats are limited, and all proceeds from the ticket price are directed to baby John, the newborn son of Rowrow, one of Raphaela Rosella's documentary subjects.

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Baby John, son of Rowrow. Born 21st June 2017.

Baby John, son of Rowrow. Born 21st June 2017.

On June 21st at 9:20pm Baby John entered this world like lightning.

His mother Rowrow delivered him while incarcerated. She is not due to be released until September 2017.

Raphaela Rosella has been documenting Rowrow and her family for the past 6 years.

Determined for Baby John to be with his family, Raphaela escorted baby John from Sydney to Moree by train to deliver baby John to his family.

All proceeds and donations from this semina will go towards supporting baby John and his family.