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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.

Photographic exhibition by Paul Marc Joffe opening in Melbourne this week

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Make sure you get out to see Melbourne photographer Paul Marc Joffe’s photographic exhibition displayed at Monash Medical Centre’s Art Space from Thursday April 15th 2010 with opening night starting at 6pm that evening.

The opening coincides with the release of the Photofile (89) essay by Kirsten Rann for the Australian Centre for Photography.

Joffe has a keen photographic eye which makes the most of compositional elements and the decisive moment in social documentary imagery.

See here for more information.

Images will also be exhibited at Art Melbourne from 22nd – 25th April for Lindberg Galleries.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Sept 4-Oct 4th 2009 – dont miss it!

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

If you happen to be in Victoria, Australia in September 2009, do yourself a favour, catch some action at the Australian Football League finals (if you can get tickets), check out Spring fashions and then head to one of the more photographic regions of Victoria – the central highlands historic goldfield region and check out the Ballarat International Foto Biennale photographic exhibitions..

If you have the time, head to see the Spring wild flowers in the Grampians and come back to Melbourne via the 12 Apostles and the Great Ocean Road.

Melbourne is THE place to be in September!

Ballarat / Daylesford Foto Biennale – photographic exhibition

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The Daylesford Foto Biennale photographic exhibition in Victoria, Australia has now been expanded under the umbrella of the Ballarat Foto Biennale and changed from Autumn to September with the next one being Sept 4th – Oct 4th 2009.

Another great event for the Melbourne region in September to coincide with AFL Australian Rules Football finals series, the Royal Agricultural Show, Spring Fashion in Melbourne, and precedes the Melbourne International Arts Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival in October.

And of course, if you are going to Ballarat, you may as well take a week off and head further west and explore the wonders and Spring wild flowers of the Grampians and come back to Melbourne via the 12 apostles and the Great Ocean Road.

Now that is a nice trip, capturing some of the best photographic scenery Australia has to offer – Victoria’s historic gold fields with their artefacts, remnants of Victoria’s volcanoes (extinct for over 10,000yrs), and the natural beauty of the Grampians at their best, and the rugged shipwreck coastline with its beautiful Otways rainforest bush walks and waterfalls.

more photos of these regions: