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Michael Miller at Art Source Fremantle April 5, 2012

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Michael Miller, based in Melbourne, is exhibiting at Foto Freo his Norwegian work “The High North” at Art Source, 8 Phillimore Street Fremantle. Set in the Northern town of Kirkenes, at Norway’s most northern tip at the edge of a series of small fjords that link to the Varanger Fjord and ultimately to the Barents Sea. To the East lies the heavily patrolled and constantly monitored Russian border. There is a strange sense of surveillance, of being watched in this northern land.

Michael Miller uses his camera as surveillance, for insight into a changing industrial city. He has also published a catelogue called The High North which is available on his website.

http://michaelmiller.net.au/

The exhibition is fascinating.

The High North Photo Michael Miller
The High North Photo Michael Miller

Dan Rule from the Melbourne Age reviewed Michael Miller’s exhibition at the Colour Factory Gallery in Melbourne:

“Melbourne photographer Michael Miller’s technically astute, though humanist, photographs from Norway’s far north-eastern tip wrangle a clutch of seemingly counteracting forces, subjects and points of focus. Across 15 prints, The High North describes a geographical and social locale in all its distinctiveness and peculiarity. But what really sets these works apart is the respect and dignity with which it does so. Offsetting majestic flashes of rugged landscapes with incisive portraits, glimpses of industry and nondescript suburban streetscapes, Miller’s photographs are striking and hushed in their timbre. It is perhaps the more abstract, almost sculptural gestures – a cascade of icicles paused in its descent down a rock face, a young debutant propped on a yellow milk crate in the snow – that speak the loudest. These thoughtful works describe the melange of climactic, infrastructural and human data that create a sense of place.”

Dan Rule, The Age, 10/03/12

WA Life Photo Competition Foto Freo March 29, 2012

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Congratulations to Michael Wishart on winning the WA Life Photo Competition held by Foto Freo. The competition was supported by Nikon, Epson, Imagelab and Team Digital. The images from the 36 finalists were placed in shop windows throughout Fremantle’s CBD.

Photo Mike Wishart

Photo Mike Wishart

Moore’s Building Fremantle Magnum Workshop Images Projection and Walkley Awards Opening March 25, 2012

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Photo Bohdan Warchomij
Photos Bohdan Warchomij

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Magnum Workshops Screening March 24, 2012

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Donovan Wylie Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Donovan Wylie Photo Bohdan Warchomij

The Magnum Workshop Fremantle is a five day practice focused photography workshop led by three experienced Magnum photographers; Antoine D’Agata, Trent Parke and Donovan Wylie. Each photographer has guided groups of participants who have had the opportunity to shoot, polish and publish their work under the guidance of these experienced practitioners.
The screenings from these workshops will take place in the Moore’s Building, Henry Street Fremantle at 8 pm tonight, Saturday, 24th of march 2012.

The Photographers

Antoine D’Agata (French)
Born in Marseilles, Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. During his time in New York , in 1991-92, D’Agata worked as an intern in the editorial department of Magnum, but despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005.

In 2004 D’Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World’s Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo.

Trent Parke (Australian)
Trent Parke was born in 1971 and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. Using his mother’s Pentax Spotmatic and the family laundry as a darkroom, he began taking pictures when he was around 12 years old. Today, Parke, the only Australian photographer to be represented by Magnum, works primarily as a street photographer.

In 2003, with wife and fellow photographer Narelle Autio, Parke drove almost 90,000 km (56,000 miles) around Australia. Minutes to Midnight, the collection of photographs from this journey, offers a sometimes disturbing portrait of twenty-first century Australia, from the desiccated outback to the chaotic, melancholic vitality of life in remote Aboriginal towns. For this project Parke was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

Parke won World Press Photo Awards in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005, and in 2006 was granted the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award. He was selected to be part of the World Press Photo Masterclass in 1999. Parke has published two books, Dream/Life in 1999, and The Seventh Wave with Narelle Autio in 2000. His work has been exhibited widely. In 2006 the National Gallery of Australia acquired Parke’s entire Minutes to Midnight exhibition.

Donovan Wylie (Northern Ireland)
Born in Belfast in 1971, Donovan Wylie discovered photography at an early age. He left school at sixteen, and embarked on a three-month journey around Ireland that resulted in the production of his first book, 32 Counties (Secker and Warburg 1989), published while he was still a teenager.

In 1992 Wylie was invited to become a nominee of Magnum Photos and in 1998 he became a full member. Much of his work, often described as ‘Archaeo-logies’, has stemmed primarily to date from the political and social landscape of Northern Ireland. His book The Maze was published to international acclaim in 2004, as was British Watchtowers in 2007. In 2001 he won a BAFTA for his film The Train, and he has had solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, PhotoEspana, Madrid, and the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford, England. He has participated in numerous group shows held at, among other venues, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

In 2010 Wylie was nominated for the the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010 for his exhibition MAZE 2007/8. During this time he also received a commission from National Media Museum, Bradford College and the University of Bradford to document the modern architecture of conflict in Afghanistan. The resulting work was displayed at the National Media Museum in 2011 and a book published by Steidl.

Antoine D'Agata Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Antoine D'Agata Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Future Gen at John Curtin Gallery March 20, 2012

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An exciting new project under the direction of FotoFreo’s founder Bob Hewitt launched  last night at the John Curtin Gallery. FutureGen profiles the best emerging photo-media talent from around Australia – the best of the ‘future generation’ of Australian photographers, together with the best emerging talent from China where a similar programme is being undertaken. From the Australian photographers involved, six bodies of work, selected by internationally renowned curator Sam Stourdzé, Director of the prestigous Musee de L’Elysee in Switzerland, will be exhibited in September 2012 at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China.

The work is fresh and exciting, exhibited in a great gallery space. Well worth a visit.

Tuesday 20 March, 3:30pm.
Eminent curator Sam Stourdze, Director, Musee de l’Elysee, Switzerland and Cui Jun, curator from the Pingyao International Photographic Festival will discuss the FutureGen 2012 project.

http://johncurtingallery.curtin.edu.au/exhibitions/current.cfm

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 11-5pm plus Sunday 1-4pm during exhibitions.

Here are some images from the opening:

Photo Bohdan Warchomij
Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Photo Bohdan Warchomij
Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Photo Bohdan Warchomij
Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Photo Bohdan Warchomij_6061

Photo Bohdan Warchomij
Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Photos from Foto Freo Launch at Fremantle Arts Centre March 17, 2012

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Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt

Fremantle Arts Centre saw the launch of Foto Freo 2012 last night the 16th of March. Here are the main players:

Fiona Rogers Magnum

Fiona Rogers Magnum

Jude Savage
Jude Savage

Martin Parr Magnum
Martin Parr Magnum

Divergence The Photographer’s Cut March 15, 2012

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In partnership with FotoFreo, FORM is presenting Divergence: Photographs from Elsewhere, a monumental showcase of contemporary photography by over sixty artists based in fifteen countries, as part of the FotoFreo Open Exhibition Program. The project has transformed the Midland Railway Workshops into a panorama of images that demonstrate photography’s unique ability to communicate across cultures, connect diverse people, create debate and stir emotion. A dynamic multimedia event  launched this month long photographic showcase last night, Wednesday 14 March. Bob Hewitt Foto Freo Festival director launched the showcase.

Ii was an opportunity to see powerful and surprising work and to catch up with old friends. Paula Shewchuk, longtime director of  the Perth Centre for Photography and now a cultural consultant in Toronto Canada, Sohrab Hura who exhibited My Life is Elsewhere at Foto Freo in 2010 were both back  as well as a host of friends including David Blenkinsop, David Dare Parker, Brad Rimmer, Graham Miller, Claire Martin, Flavia Shuster, Eva Fernandez and Darren Clayton.

Natasha Schulte’s photographs from an orphanage in Ukraine captivated me. Sohrab Hura’s early work from Benares takes us into the inner sanctum of the cities places of worship and mourning. They really are “images to tear the heart out”,  images that change a viewer’s understanding of the world. There is a lot of challenging work to spend time with. Congratulations to FORM for their work on Divergence.

Natasha Shulte The Letter
Natasha Shulte The Letter

Natasha Shulte The Letter
Natasha Shulte The Letter

Sohrab Hura Benares
Sohrab Hura Benares

Sohrab Hura
Sohrab Hura

Foto Freo Update March 14, 2012

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FotoFreo Update, 14 March
It is difficult to keep up with the invitations to exhibition openings so have reposted the newsletter from Bob Hewitt to help readers (and myself) cope:

This week, in the lead up to the official opening of the Festival on Friday night at the Fremantle Arts Centre, there are many gallery openings and the first of which is Divergence at the Midland Railway Workshops on Wednesday night (tonight!). This promises to be a big event with more than 60 exhibitions on display, many from overseas and interstate, and all of which are a part of the FotoFreo Open Programme of exhibitions.

Already open are Hijacked III at PICA, Collected Works by Samantha Everton at Gadfly and Seven by Five by Christopher Young at Council House, City of Perth. These are part of the core programme.

On Thursday night there are openings at the Turner Galleries (Bronek Kozka and Rebecca Dagnall), the PCP (A New Kind of Beauty by Phillip Tolenado and Alter Ego by Robbie Cooper), all part of the core exhibition programme, and at the Breadbox (The Contemporary Australian Family Photographic Project, hosted by the Fier Institute) and the Shoot Gallery (Paradise Harbour Series by David Sargeant). The latter two exhibitions are both a part of the Open Programme of exhibitions and are distinguished by being accompanied by book launches.

There are a lot of other openings taking place this week and next – so please have a look at the Open Programme page on the website to check out the other events. There is bound to be something on near you!

The weather for Friday night for the Official Opening of the Festival looks promising which will guarantee a big turnout. So if you are coming along please let the Art Centre know by replying to rsvp@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

The programme of events over the weekend is pretty hectic so please refer to the Summary Programme for full details.

There is ONE IMPORTANT CHANGE to the programme.

On Sunday afternoon there will be a panel discussion about Contemporary Indian Photography between 2 and 4 pm in the theatrette at the Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay. Before the panel discussion begins, and as a part of this ticketed event (Full Price $20 and Mates Rates $15), there will be a 30 minute audio visual projection entitled Young Indian Photography by Sohrab Hura, especially commissioned for FotoFreo.

A reminder that there are only a few days to go to buy your copy of No Worries: Martin Parr at the discounted price of $55. Of course this also means you can have it signed by Martin while he is here. During the Festival the book can be purchased from the FotoFreo information centre at the Moores Building.

Last week saw the announcement of the WA Press Photographer of the Year, the WAPPY, and the opening of the very well presented press photographer’s exhibition at the WA State Library. The winner for this year was Theo Fakos (The Sunday Times), 2nd Matthew Poon (Community Newspaper Group) and 3rd Lee Griffith (The West Australian). We are pleased that the WAPPY is now a part of the FotoFreo range of events. The WAPPY is the oldest press photographers award competition in Australia.

Magnum Workshop Scholarship Winners at Foto Freo March 8, 2012

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This week will be a huge week for photography enthusiasts in Perth with the Foto Freo Festival opening on Friday March 16 at the Fremantle Arts Centre. The ‘Magnum scholarship’ winners for free places in the workshops, funded by the WA Department for Culture and the Arts, were Darren Clayton, Conor Ashleigh and Mohammed Morsi. Congratulations to them all.

Highly commended were Lucus Catalano, Charlene Winfred and Denny Stocks. There were 39 photographers who submitted portfolios. The judges included David Dare Parker, Claire Martin and Max Pam. The workshops themselves finished up fully subscribed.  It will be interesting to see the projection that highlights their work.

Other events from the Festival in the week ahead:

Special Festival Events include the opening of Divergence: Photographs from Elsewhere at the Midland Atelier in the Midland Railway Workshops on Wednesday evening, March 14, the opening of the Contemporary Australian Family Photographic Project at the Breadbox Gallery in Northbridge on March15, and the Popup Photo Sound Exhibition: Falta de Luz, South America after dark in a shipping container on Victoria Quay, between B and C sheds.

The Divergence opening, on Wednesday, March 14, promises to be a truly amazing event with more than 60 exhibitions on show in a ‘room’ 200m long! Exhibitors at Midland include Sohrab Hura, Ketaki Sheth, Sam Harris, Eva Fernandez, Tony Hewitt, Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway and Martin Parr. The Divergence exhibition is a part of the Fotofreo 2012 Open Exhibition Programme.

There will be a special performance piece for the popup exhibition on Wednesday night, March 21, between 8.00 – 9.00 pm, which Joel wynn Rees (photographer) will show a projection accompanied by music improvised for the occasion by Ned Beckley.

Photo Conor Ashleigh
Photo Conor Ashleigh

Darren Clayton Photo: Tahrir Square Egypt Revolution
Darren Clayton Photo: Tahrir Square Egypt Revolution

Darren Clayton Photo: Tahrir Square Egypt Revolution
Darren Clayton Photo: Tahrir Square Egypt Revolution

Foto Freo 2012 Magnum Workshops November 18, 2011

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Foto Freo is returning to the port city and the good news is that the Magnum workshops are on again at FotoFreo 2012. Presenters will be Antoine D’Agata (France), Donavan Wylie (Ireland) and Trent Parke (Australia).
The Magnum workshops will be held in the now much renovated and refurbished North Wing of the Fremantle Arts Centre.
The workshops will be conducted during first week of the Festival, that is, between and including Monday the 19th through to Friday the 23rd of March.
Also, the Western Australian department for Culture and the Arts has again agreed to provide funding for three scholarships for Western Australian photographers.to attend these workshops.
FotoFreo will be calling for applications to fill these places in the next few weeks. Information will be available on the Foto Freo website.

It is a good time to reacquaint ourselves with the inspirational work of Trent Park and look forward to his return to Perth. Below is a link to the Minutes to Midnight production by Magnum in Motion.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij of Trent Park at Fremantle Arts Centre Foto Freo 2010
Photo Bohdan Warchomij of Trent Park at Fremantle Arts Centre Foto Freo 2010

Photo Trent Park
Photo Trent Park

Photo Trent Park
Photo Trent Park

Photo Trent Parj
Photo Trent Park

http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/midnight