Photofile Vol. 92 Autumn/Winter 2013

One tree (South Australia) is featured in Daniel Palmer’s essay Is Australian Photography Global? Rosemary Laing’s Jim (2010) is the other photograph on this page.

 

pages 44–45

Photofile Vol. 92, pages 44–45

March 14, 2013

10 Miles – three photographs at the AGNSW, Sydney 2011

The first three photographs from my new series 10 Miles: a photographic investigation of an Australian atomic landscape, were shown at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Photography and Place: Australian landscape photography 1970’s until now. 10 Miles is a contemporary photographic project revealing the story of a buried Australian landscape, an atomic legacy forgotten in the urban subconscious.

The exhibition Photography & place examines recent Australian landscape photography and its relationship to ideas of place and culture. A particular concern of the exhibition is to identify the role of the photographer as a mediator and storyteller. The exhibition includes work from eighteen artists such as Bill Henson, Jon Rhodes, Lynn Silverman, Simryn Gill, Ricky Maynard, David Stephenson, Rosemary Laing and Paul Ogier.

The show opened on the 16 of March 2011 and ran until 29 May 2011.

For more information see the news link on this site and here is a review posted 30 April 2011 in The Australian, ‘In the frame’.

 

January 10, 2012

October (1953)

October (1953) is an exhibition of new work from photographers Paul Ogier and Catherine Rogers. The images are an investigation of a landscape used during the atomic weapons testing in Australia, in particular, the 1953 series of tests at the Emu Field atomic test site in South Australia. Rather than just document this desert environment, this new work speaks to the experience of being in it, the effect this has on the photographer and the work made. Paul has other work from his series currently showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

This work is shown as part of the Head On festival and is at Barometer gallery, 13 Gurner Street, Paddington. The show will open on 4 May 2011 with opening drinks in the afternoon on Saturday 7 May 2011 (3 – 6pm).

The gallery is just past Five Ways in Paddington on the 389 bus route.

April 13, 2011

New work showing in Sydney

Over the next two months I will have two new bodies of work showing in Sydney.

The first major exhibition for photographs from my 10 Miles series are to be shown at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Photography and Place: Australian landscape photography 1970’s until now. These new images are on level two (upstairs) in the gallery. This will be the first time these images will be shown together and the show includes 18 other artists – Jon Rhodes, Lynn Silverman, Simryn Gill, David Stevenson, Debra Phillips, Ricky Maynard, Rosemary Laing to Paul Ogier. The show is open from 16 March – 29 May 2011.

The other new work is showing at Barometer Gallery in Paddington. Video Garden Artefacts (VGA) 1997/2011 is work revisited and investigates an earlier understanding of landscape, technology and the individual. It too, like the series from The future imperfect, sees the garden as a thinking place. The show is on from 15 – 31 March 2011.

March 8, 2011

Photography and place – Symposium (Sat 9 April 2011)

Subject and object in 21st century photography

What do subject and object mean (or what can they mean) in photography in the 21st century?

Photography is a constantly mutating medium, reacting to (and sometime precipitating) changes in art, society, politics and technology. In the 21st century, photographic practice has come into increasingly close contact with other art forms and, through the virtual environment, an increasingly diverse audience.

However, few new theoretical frameworks for considering contemporary photography have arisen to push photographic theory beyond the seminal work of writers such as Barthes, Benjamin, Sontag and Krauss. This symposium, the first of a new annual series of symposia dedicated to photography, explores new ways of thinking about the medium in the 21st century. Have new frameworks for considering contemporary photography arisen? If so, what are they?

The exhibition Photography & place examines recent Australian landscape photography and its relationship to ideas of place and culture. A particular concern of the exhibition is to identify the role of the photographer as a mediator and storyteller. The exhibition includes work from eighteen artists such as Bill Henson, Jon Rhodes, Lynn Silverman, Simryn Gill, Ricky Maynard, David Stephenson, Rosemary Laing and Paul Ogier.

Cardinal Points: The significance of visual vectors in Australian landscape photography
Dr Martyn Jolly, Australian National University

Towards a photographic sublime: subject as metaphor
A/Prof David Stephenson, University of Tasmania

Towards an emotional theory of photography
Dr Kyla McFarlane, Centre for Contemporary Photography

Is Australian photography global?
Dr Daniel Palmer, Monash University

Panel discussion
David Stephenson, Kyla McFarlane, Martyn Jolly, Daniel Palmer, Judy Annear

A link to AGNSW page is here and a pdf download can be found here.

 

March 8, 2011