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A Day in the Life of Wyndham Photos Bohdan Warchomij August 20, 2017

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Everytime one runs into a new town or city the antennae switch on. Wyndham is a welcoming town. I feel comfortable immediately. Wyndham is the oldest and most northern town in the  Kimberley region of Western Australia and it is empty of humanity. Located on the Great Northern Highway 2,210 kilometres (1,373 mi) northeast of Perth. It was established in 1886 as a result of a gold rush at Halls Creek, and it is now a port and service centre for the east Kimberley with a population of just under a 1000 people.

It seems trapped in time and Dixie Ferguson’s Bric-a-Brac shop is possibly unique in Australia, selling art work and carved boab nuts, displaying royal paraphernalia and an obsession with Princess Diana. It is the the only shop open in the main street and Patterson’s Hotel stands opposite derelict and shuttered. Literally it is the pub with no beer and has been closed for some time and awaits a new entrepreneur to bring it back to life.

Most of Wyndham’s population is at the races for the Wyndham Cup, dressed to the nines and in party mode. There are four jockey’s only at the meet and only four horses per race and when the racing stops the two up begins. The energy is good natured, fuelled by four XXXX and joy as the sun sets in a deep red sky.

50 year Anniversary of the British pirate radio stations August 13, 2017

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They were the pirates of the open seas — bringing rock and pop music to a new generation.

And the British government was furious.

Back in the 1960s, when pop and rock were taking over the music scene, British teenagers had to turn to pirate radio stations to hear bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Barred from broadcasting from land, stations such as Radio Caroline and Radio London had taken to the water, using rusty old ships moored in international waters to broadcast to millions of eager listeners across the UK.

The government wasn’t happy and 50 years ago, on August 14 1967, the Marine Offences Act made it illegal to support the ships or broadcast from them.


The Museum of Modern Art together with Christies announce the sale of 400 images from the Museums’s Collection August 13, 2017

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The Museum of Modern Art and the New York branch of Christie’s have announced the sale of 400 photographs from the collections of the most famous American museum. The three other sales will occur in December 2017, January and April 2018. These photographs will be divided into four sales, the first and main of which will be held on October 10th. Among the artists sold, the curious and collectors will be able to find works of Man Ray (Rayograph, 1928), Henri Cartier-Bresson (Coney Island, New York, 1946) or again Ansel Adams (Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1938).

As an example, the starting price for the work of Man Ray is estimated between $ 150,000 and $ 250,000. The entire collection is estimated around $ 3.6 million. Revenues from the sale of these historical coins will be returned to the MoMA photographic department to finance future acquisitions.

Darius Himes, director of the photography department at Christie’s, recalls the importance of the MoMa collection: “In 1940, The Museum became the first museum in the country to form a Department of Photography. “

Ukrainian photographer Sergey Melnitchenko has won the Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award with the series Behind the Scenes, August 13, 2017

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Sergey Melnitchenko

Born in Mykolaiv, Ukraine in 1991, Melnitchenko has been taking photographs for around eight years. He is a member of Ukrainian Photographic Alternative, a collective promoting contemporary photography in Ukraine. He self-published his ‘Loneliness Online’ series in 2013. His work has been shown in various international solo and group exhibitions, including the Landskrona Fotofestival (2015), the Off_Festival Bratislava (2014), and in art book presentations within the framework of the artist residency The Muzychi Expanded History Project, Kiev, Ukraine. Melnitchenko has been living and working in China for the last two years.

Winner 2017: Terje Abusdal

The 2017 Leica Oskar Barnack Award goes to Terje Abusdal. Born in Norway, Terje Abusdal is honoured with this prestigious photography prize for „Slash & Burn“ and receives 25,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.

Tradition and mysticism, provenance and belonging, facts and fiction: Terje Abusdal’s long-term “Slash & Burn” project draws a picture both mysterious and impressive of the Forest Finns, an ethnic group in Norway who live in close touch with nature.

Warnum Photo Bohdan Warchomij August 8, 2017

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In Warnum with Tura New Music and renowned composer, performer and sound artist  Jon Rose for a performance with the local Aborigine  community to create a new work in the WRECK series.

Collaborating with local musicians, artists, dancers, percussionists, crane drivers Jon is in the process of creating a musical instrument from a car wreck donated by a local man named Richard.

Fence wires strained across the wreck adorned with car bonnets that remind me of the Sydney Opera House and 44 gallon drums that will be struck by percussionists will create a unique work that will travel to Perth eventually.

Jon’s influence as a innovator has an international reputation. He has an uncanny ability to see the musicality in everyday activities and in the landscape and encourages an expansion of our personal oeuvre.

Tribute to Graham Wood: Jazz Extraordinaire Photos Bohdan Warchomij July 31, 2017

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Perth jazz composer Graham Wood has died aged 46 after losing his battle with cancer.

Wood was a stalwart of the West Australian jazz scene, co-owner of The Ellington Jazz club and founder of the Perth International Jazz Festival.

An acclaimed pianist, he released five LPs under The Graham Wood Trio and was Associate Professor of teaching and learning at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

WAAPA’s associate dean of music Stewart Smith said Wood was a talented musician and entrepreneur.

“He was a chameleon really as a player, able to dip into any style and genre of jazz but always maintaining that distinctive voice.

“Unlike many other jazz musicians Graham was also an astute entrepreneur who against all odds started not only a successful jazz club in Perth but also a successful international jazz festival.”

Mr Smith said Wood “made an invaluable and significant contribution to WAPPA and to the music education of many hundreds of students”.

Wood’s fiancee Alex Serras posted an emotional tribute to her “best friend” on Facebook.

“Ahh my love. What we feared for so long has happened,” she wrote.

“I’ve never seen such courage & class even in the hardest hours.

“Thank you for being my best friend and for 7 years of memories I will cherish forever. I will miss you every day until I see you again.”

Aaron McPolin: A Tender Dissolution July 28, 2017

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Aaron McPolin is a friendly and warm photographer exhibiting a maturity beyond his years. He grew up in an industrial council estate in the North West of England in a town called Atherton and studied at Curtin University in Perth. His collaboration with rope artist Paul Kabzinski is a personal look at shibari and has resulted in an exhibition of high quality with young creatives. The beautiful suspended nudes  in the Ferguson Foundry in corner of Ferguson Street and Guildford Road Maylands are mature aesthetically and creatively and the opening night attracted many beautiful people and featured a shibari event by Paul Kabzinski.

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Photo Aaron McPolin

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Calliope Bridge and Aaron McPolin Photo Bohdan Warchomij

MH17 Third Anniversary of the Downing of a Passenger Jet in Ukraine over the separatist held village of Hrabovo July 17, 2017

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Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop yesterday renewed her vow to bring the killers of 38 Australians on board Malaysian flight MH17 en route to Kuala Lumpur to “justice”.

She called on Russia to cooperate with current moves to prosecute the suspects in the Netherlands, which she said (according to Joe Spagnolo Political Editor for the Sunday Times) was an”opportunity for the truth to be revealed.”

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Well intentioned rhetoric but a naive take on the realities of Russian international politics which have consistently denied involvement in the launching of the Bukh missile that destroyed the plane.

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Pavlo Gubarev Separatist Photo Copyright Bohdan Warchomij

Sitting in a flat in the centre of Mariupol on the banks of the Caspian Sea as the news came to light I listened to recordings on the internet of separatists reporting on the incident and questioning those on the ground in Hrabovo whether the jet was a military plane with weapons on board.

That in itself was enough of an admission of guilt for me and the next morning I booked a taxi driver to take me and two English videographers on a complex five hour trip to the site of the carnage.

The road into Hrabovo was pot holed and difficult to traverse and we slowed to a crawl and talked our way onto the site through various check points and were given carte blanche to walk though the fields  full of white flags designating where bodies or body parts were strewn. In any other part of the civilised world this would have been a closed crime scene but here even the local villagers were wandering through the fields.

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I was probably the first Australian photographer on the site and the shredded plane and its engines were still smouldering near the village and the photos I took were unpublishable in Australia. News Limited printed a full page story with the most sanitised of the photos I submitted. In a state of shock I spoke to various news outlets from the site, the ABC, SBS, and Sky News amongst them.

I hardly remember what I said in those interviews but the photos themselves are unforgettable.

It has been a long journey and a long process to the court rooms of the Netherlands.

Despite the confidence of Julie Bishop  I question whether there will ever be closure in this case.

I don’t believe Russia will ever come to the party and take part in the court process.

The tactics of ignoring international opinion have worked for Russia on many many occasions, in Chechnya, in Crimea, in Donetsk and in Syria.

It will certainly be the same story in the court houses of the Netherlands.

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Revelation International Film Festival Opens with George Lazenby in attendance at Perth’s Luna Cinema Photos Bohdan Warchomij July 7, 2017

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The Revelation International Film Festival opened last night in a spectacular way with Australian action man George Lazenby arriving in at the Perth Luna Cinema in an Aston Martin to mirror the opening scene of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the film that made him famous. He bonded immediately with the cinema audience and spent a good half hour chatting with fans before the documentary and biographical film BECOMING BOND by Josh Greenbaum began screening. The actor is depicted from early childhood as a larrikin who seems to have hardly changed with the passing of years and the audience warmed to the comedy, wit and self deprecation in the film and gave him a huge ovation when it concluded. Director and Founder of Revelation Richard Sowarda conducted a Q and A that gave further insight into George Lazenby’s regrets and accomplishments.

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The after party at the Leederville Hotels Babushka kicked on late into the night.

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Photo Bohdan Warchomij

There are a thousand ways to find fame in the movie industry, but few come close to George Lazenby who used his good looks, charm and a double-dose of Aussie self confidence to win one of Cinema’s most coveted roles:  James Bond, 007.

Born in Goulburn, Australia in 1939, Lazenby had little interest in schooling; instead choosing to find his own way – first as a highly successful car salesman, then as a top male model.

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It was his modeling career that brought him to London where an agent suggested he try to get an audition with the Bond filmmakers, not an easy proposition for someone with no acting experience! Not only did George get the audition, he landed the role and his film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), was a huge success and is now considered one of the best in the series.

Not wanting to be locked into Bondage, George again went his own way, appearing in a myriad of films including the 1972 action/thriller Universal Soldier;  Hong Kong action films like The Man From Hong Kong (1975) and A Queen’s Ransom (1976);  American TV series including Hawaii 5-0Superboy and Baywatch.  He also starred in the Emmanuel series with Sylvia Kristel and still receives offers, appearing in recent movies like Death GameA Winter’s Rose and the forthcoming crime thriller, The Order.

George is based in Los Angeles and represented by Swedish talent agent Anders Frejdh (anders@frejdh.se).

KAINOA LITTLE Conflict photographer: sharing unsold work from Mosul July 7, 2017

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The following plea to share these conflict photos caught my eye. Freelance photography is difficult enough in the civilised world but felt for Kainoa Little’s plight in Mosul.

This is his story and the story of the people of Mosul:

Bohdan Warchomij Editor

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless. So I have tried to share them where I can, and hopefully people can imagine some of the human tragedy and triumph playing out in Mosul.