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Australia’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale starts today – don’t miss it if you are in Melbourne this Spring – ends 18th Sept 2011

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

See their website for more details.

Includes exhibitions by Jan Saudek, Sara Saudkova from the Czech Republic whose works are often emotionally confronting but at the same time demonstrates aspects of humanity which popular culture tends to ignore, and British 60′s pop photographer Duffy, amongst the many photographic galleries.

I will be heading up there tomorrow, Sunday, hope to see you there- and its free!

Jan Saudek’s images such as the following one cannot help but induce emotions:

“The girl I loved”,1995:



Seeing Jan and Sara’s works in print rather just as small images on the web was fantastic, and some are not on their website.

Pre-Raphaelite art and photography exhibition at the National Gallery, Washington

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

AMENDMENT: my apologies for any confusion, I had initially assumed this was in Canberra not Washington as the website address was nga.gov and my brain must have wanted it to be nga.gov.au, thanks Tim for letting me know!

The national art gallery in Washington is hosting an exhibition displaying works of Pre-Raphaelite art and photography which is primarily British  works made soon after the invention of photography in 1839.

If you can’t get there before it closes January 30th, 2011, or if you would like to read more about these works and see some examples online, check out their slideshow here.

“As photography gained a foothold in the 1840s, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. These young painters and their followers wished to return to the purity, sincerity, and clarity of detail found in medieval and early Renaissance art that preceded Raphael (1483–1520). But they were also spurred on by the possibilities of the new medium, which could capture every nuance of nature. Indeed, Pre-Raphaelite artists painted with such precision that some critics accused them of copying photographs.

Many photographers in turn looked to the language of Pre-Raphaelite painting in an effort to establish their nascent medium as a fine art. Both photographers and painters—many of whom knew one another—drew inspiration directly from nature. In choosing subjects, they also mined literature, history, and religion, as well as modern life. Together they developed a shared vocabulary that is explored in this exhibition through the genres of landscape, narrative subjects, and portraiture.”

Here is the first image of the slideshow – Millais’ “A Huguenot, on Saint Bartholomew’s Day, Refusing to Shield Himself from Danger by Wearing the Roman Catholic Badge”, 1851–1852, oil on canvas, The Makins Collection”


In contrast, many of Raphael’s highly idealized, complex frescoes can be seen at the Vatican such as the 847AD Fire in the Borgo, Rome painted in 1514 which I took the following photo of last month while I was visiting the Vatican:

Fire in the Borgo

More of my photos of the Vatican art works can be seen here.

A photographic exhibition for those in Melbourne Nov 2009

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I have posted a previous blog highlighting the creative eye of Melbourne social documentary photographer Paul Marc Joffe.

Finally we get to see his images in the big print at an exhibition in Melbourne starting on 31st October 2009 and lasts for 3 weeks – don’t miss it.

As an aside, following from my last post on the Nikon D3S, Paul is one of the many waiting for an affordable 20+mp Nikon full frame dSLR and a nice 20mm wide angle with minimal distortion – I believe most of his images were shot with a Nikon 35mm film camera and 20mm wide angle.

The following is from the flyer sent from ImageScience Gallery:

The latest featured artist on the walls of Image Science is Paul Marc Joffe. We’ve selected 5 of our favourite images from his vast body of excellent work, so check them out when you next visit our office!

Paul is a rapidly emerging talent in the documentary/art photography field here in Melbourne. He has a major exhibition opening soon at Lindberg Contemporary Art, and it’s a testament to his formidable skills that he already has full gallery representation before he’s even had his first exhibition!

Paul is one of those photographers that just ‘gets it’ and has a superb natural eye and a real photographic way of seeing things. We helped with scanning, retouching, shot selection and of course printing, and it has been a real pleasure to be involved in what seems to me to be one of the most interesting photographic exhibitions in recent years.

His pictures really need to be seen big – itty bitty web jpgs really don’t do them justice – his pictures are rich with meaning and emotion, full of details that can challenge the viewer and change your first impressions. Clever and visually arresting, you are strongly encouraged to visit the exhibition!

The massive prints on the walls will look fantastic, and he’s got some fascinating work. 5 years from now everyone will want to own a Joffe so beat the rush and get in early!

Paul Marc Joffe – Inferior Oblique

Lindberg Contemporary Art
Opening Night: Sat 31st of October, 5 to 8pm
48 Cambridge St. Collingwood

Exhibition runs 31st Oct to 21st Nov 2009
Paul’s Page on the Lindberg site
Paul’s Homepage