Belinda Pratten | Somewhere in Newtown

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
20 November - 18 December 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment
(Saturdays and Sundays in December)

View works here

Somewhere in Newtown exhibition installation in the Solo Exhibition Gallery.

Somewhere in Newtown exhibition installation in the Solo Exhibition Gallery.

Susan Henderson | End of Day

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
21 October - 6 November 2016
Opening Friday 21 October 6pm
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

Archival pigment prints on Japanese Gampi paper, printed 2016 (various sizes available).

“There is a fascination in the way in which the camera can capture the atmosphere of a moment, not for its beauty or impact, but for the sense of being there or curiosity and memory about the moment.” 
 
Susan also enjoys images composed of reflected and refracted light and the way in which a photograph can tell a story and reinvent that which is reflected, becoming an end in itself. The viewer can find his or her own interpretation, which can indeed change over time. Susan’s composed images sometimes incorporate juxtaposed aspects or layers of fine detail.
 
Through the images in this exhibition, Susan has caught a transient moment and a feeling for place. Her most successful images resonate an emotion or inference of being there.

Susan Henderson End of Day exhibition installation.

Susan Henderson End of Day exhibition installation.

Meg Hewitt | Tokyo is Yours

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
30 September - 16 October 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

Tokyo Is Yours is inspired by Manga, Japanese printmaking and film noir. All images are sourced from reality but explore archetypes, fantasy and metaphor. I am looking for the layers between things, exploring memories, human connection, fear and escapism. Tokyo Is Yours is set in Japan post the great East Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011.

Prints from this series are available in the following sizes and types:
13cm x 18 cm (Ed. of 25) Pigment print on Baryta
21cm x 30 cm (Ed. of 15) Pigment print on Baryta
30 cm x 40 cm (Ed. of 6) Silver Gelatin Print

'Tokyo is Yours' exhibition installation, 30 September - 16 October 2016.

'Tokyo is Yours' exhibition installation, 30 September - 16 October 2016.

Parisa Applegarth | Women of Remote Hill Tribes in South East Asia

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
9-25 September 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

Parisa Applegarth, Myanmar (Waa) - 2015 Chromogenic print (open edition) Exhibition print size: 45cm x 30cm (image size) 55cm x 40cm (paper size)  (Photograph available in different sizes).

Parisa Applegarth, Myanmar (Waa) - 2015
Chromogenic print (open edition)
Exhibition print size:
45cm x 30cm (image size)
55cm x 40cm (paper size) 
(Photograph available in different sizes).

Octavio Garcia | Aztec Gods

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
14 August - 4 September 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

Artist Talk: Sunday 4 September 2016, 12pm.

Octavio Garcia | Aztec Gods (installation of exhibition in the Solo Exhibition Gallery).

Octavio Garcia | Aztec Gods (installation of exhibition in the Solo Exhibition Gallery).

The People of the Fifth Sun re-creates a Pantheon of Aztec Gods, using sacred images which were originally carved in stone and painted on traditional paper made from bark (Codex). By applying photographic chemistry through fine cuts made directly onto the B&W photographic paper, I create a series of unique photographs, which renews and strengthens my spiritual beliefs and cultural identity as a Mexican.

This on-off series is a further exploration into experimental photography that started with my creative desire to break away from digital photography. I started by experimenting with pinhole photography, which led me back to the darkroom environment and the traditional wet process.  

The Chemigram is an experimental photographic technique invented in 1956 by Pierre Cordier (Brussels, Belgium, 1933). I was generously introduced to Cordier’s work by Canberra based artist and post-graduate student at ANU, Matt Higgins, and to his own Chemigram research, as well as to other American artists who have created abstract work following Cordier’s principles in the present day.

The People of the Fifth Sun looks to depict the cosmic vision of the Aztecs, a civilization that was never culturally defeated.  As a result of my research, I was able to innovate a stenciling technique that allowed me to introduce a pictorial element to the Chemigram abstract domain. The mighty Aztec Gods have been re-created, and their visual attributes translated to a new experimental photographic medium that empowers them with new glory.

On Reading: Photobooks

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
24 July - 7 August 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

As part of the Brisbane Photobook Club’s celebrations for World Photobook Day (WPBD) last year, Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper coordinated an exhibition at Maud Gallery in Brisbane that featured 67 Australian, New Zealand and international photographers' self-portraits, made whilst reading their favourite photobooks. The photographers were also asked to write about their favourite book, which accompanied their photo.

Due to the interest in the original concept the project has been extended and re-titled  On Reading: Photobooks. The extended phase of this project is inspired by the book On Reading, in which André Kertész brought together a large number of photographs that he had made over many years of people reading books in all kinds of places. In February this year a selection of contributions to the project were presented at Photobook New Zealand and now a special curated set will be shown at The Photography Room in Canberra from 24 July - 7 August.

Photographers included in the show are: Ying Ang, Daniel Boetker-Smith, Martin Parr, Larissa Leclair, Harvey Benge, Louis Porter, Stephen Dupont, Gael Newton, Jack Piccone, Juno Gemes, Kelly Hussey-Smith, Sam Harris, Marshall Webber, Michael Coyne, Libby Jeffries, Alison Stieven-Taylor, Garry Trinh, Matt Johnston and more.

Dawne Fahey | 1953

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
1 - 21 July 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

#24, chemigram on gelatin silver paper. 25x20cm. Unique print.

#24, chemigram on gelatin silver paper. 25x20cm. Unique print.

Unlike conventional black & white photographs, Dawne Fahey did not require any camera, film or data card to make these prints. When making chemigrams, their outcome is largely an unknown and a little bit of a mystery. Traditional photographic printers though generally work with certainties; we understand cause and effect, and possess the knowledge and experience to create our desired results. My motto is “reduce the variables”, and it takes a great deal of time and practice to create these works of beauty while dealing with unknown factors.

Due to this uniqueness, it can become a case of knowing when to stop. If you take the process one step too far, then you can enter the abyss and the print you have been working on for days, is gone.

When LIGHT is transmitted onto silver gelatin black & white paper, one can expect at least 50 shades of grey, some black and some white, yet on the walls before us we see anything but a black and white print. I find this a wonderful abnormality, and it gives colour to my monochrome view of black and white printing. It kind of makes me want to get out of the darkroom a little more often.

Chemistry is an essential tool for photographic printmakers, yet here, it is used in an unconventional manner. The interplay of developer and fixer transforms and contorts the image as opposed to converting the silver salts to a metallic silver, and then removing the remaining soluble silver salts to make a stable, permanent image. Each time the chemical process is incorporated, something new is created, and the image evolves before our eyes once again. But this chemical reaction is an unknown. How exciting and liberating this must feel – to just take the plunge.

Magic can be found anywhere – it is right in front of us. Light plus chemistry can equal magic. It takes a deft touch, time and experience to encapsulate it unto paper. These prints have been hand made, using no computers, no Photoshop and not even electricity if so desired. Yet just because a print is hand made does not mean it should hang on a wall, they still need to be exceptional.

These prints can never, ever be replicated. They will age, they may change, but they will always be wholly unique objects of beauty. If any of these prints cause a reaction within you, then that is the magic I am talking about. And you can buy this feeling, take it home and hang it upon a wall. That is pretty special, isn’t it?

When we live in a world of data, pixels, ones and zeros, wouldn’t it be a joy sometimes, to just look at a pretty picture, crafted by hand and created by a Light, chemistry and a little bit of magic. I think it is just wonderful…

Chris Reid | Blanco Negro

www.blanconegro.com.au

Michael Masters | Black & White Landscapes

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
27 May - 12 June 2016
Fridays 4-7pm + Sundays 10am-4pm (& by appointment)
Exhibition Opening & Artist Reception: 6pm Friday 27 May

The Photography Room is pleased to present Black & White Landscapes by Michael Masters. 

Michael Masters spent the majority of 2015 based in Washington D.C. in the USA. During this time Michael made frequent trips to photograph the natural woodlands of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Upon returning to Canberra, Michael has continued his work with natural environments, focusing on the bushland surrounding his hometown of Canberra.

The landscapes made in the ACT include images of critically endangered yellow box–Blakely’s red gum grassy woodlands. These woodlands are of national significance and contain some of the best-connected, most botanically diverse stands in Australia.

The prints in this exhibition are amongst the most accomplished pigment prints The Photography Room's Director Sean Davey has ever seen. For those who love traditional silver gelatin black and white photography, this is an exhibition not to be missed. Michael's landscapes embody a sensibility and awareness of space and tonal range rarely seen in modern-day inkjet prints. Michael's work is a true accomplishment in photography and in printing.

Murrumbidgee River Corridor, ACT (2014). Printed 2016. 26cm x 42cm Pure Pigment Print on Cotton Fibre Rag.

Murrumbidgee River Corridor, ACT (2014). Printed 2016.
26cm x 42cm
Pure Pigment Print on Cotton Fibre Rag.

Dörte Conroy | Undertoe

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
13-22 May 2016
Fridays 4-7pm + Sundays 10am-4pm (& by appointment)
Exhibition Opening & Artist Reception: 6pm Friday 13 May

The Photography Room is pleased to present Undertoe by Dörte Conroy. 

Walking, looking and seeing… I have a fascination with the endless variety of patterns, shapes and colours right there at my feet - infinitely diverse patterns in the urban environment.
As I wander, I observe the ground, focusing on a small segment of the bigger picture. What I capture are these graphic glimpses. 

Undertoe was made in both Hobart’s waterfront and in Sydney’s older areas. The series is divided into six sections; CutsPlumbingSeedsShadowsTextures and Waterfront.

Mark Mohell

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
1-11 May 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment
Artist Talk: 12pm Sunday 8 May

The Photography Room is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Mark Mohell. Mark will present a selection of photographs from his recent series' Under Power (2013) and Kerbside (2015). Mark will give an informal artist talk about his work and working methods at the gallery at midday on Sunday 8 May.

Prints from the series Under Power and Kerb Side are on display. All images are pigment prints, printed in an edition of 5 (61x86cm).

Prints from the series Under Power and Kerb Side are on display. All images are pigment prints, printed in an edition of 5 (61x86cm).

Exhibition images below (click to enlarge).

 

 

Paul Jurak | The Lake

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
3-10 April 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

Artist Talks: Sunday 3 April, 12pm & Sunday 10 April 12pm.

Canberra Balloon Festival (2014), chromogenic photograph (30x45cm).

Canberra Balloon Festival (2014), chromogenic photograph (30x45cm).

The Photography Room is pleased to present The Lake by Paul Jurak in the Solo Exhibition Gallery from 3-10 April. Paul Jurak, aka the Kayakcameraman, will present a selection of photographs made from the vantage point of his kayak on Lake Burley Griffin from 2012 to present. Having only come to photography in the past few years, Paul initially started paddling his kayak on the lake to help his recovery from cancer. Early morning paddle sessions on the lake were Paul's way of starting the day with his own personal space and tranquility. With an interest in exploring mindfulness and awareness, Paul would paddle for an hour each morning as a kind of meditation before the rigours of daily life took hold. 

To begin with, Paul used a very simple and low resolution digital camera to make some photos of the lake each morning. After returning home, he would upload the images to his new blog, Kayakcameraman. Paul's blog soon caught the public's attention as well as that of Canberra's local newspaper, The Canberra Times, which started to post Paul's pictures on a blog called 'Lake View'.

Since 2012, Paul's enthusiasm for photography has grown and he continues to paddle each day, with photography now a primary focus. Paul has started to work with numerous private organisations, as well as Tourism ACT, and he participates whole-heartedly in the online world, sharing his photos and communicating with his ever-growing fan base. 

Paul's pictures from Lake Burley Griffin show the mystique and beauty of Australia's capital city, revealing the man-made environment co-existing with its natural surroundings.

Paul will be in the Solo Exhibition Gallery from 12-1pm on Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 April, where he will deliver an artist talk and be available for discussion about his work.

Robert Frank | Books & Films 1947-2016

Solo Exhibition Gallery
The Photography Room
Old Bus Depot Markets
Kingston, ACT
20 -27 March 2016
Sundays 10am-4pm & by appointment

Robert Frank (b. 1924, Zurich, Switzerland) is considered the inventor of street photography. Many of his pictures were shot from the hip, out of a moving car, sitting in a bar, hiding in the park. “I had to be very fast when I photographed people,” he says in the interview on the last page, recounting how he took his pictures on his tour of America in the fifties. A newspaper also has to be very fast: written in the afternoon, printed at night, in your mail box the next morning. So it’s only logical to once show Frank’s photographs not as gelatin silver prints insured for millions and framed for all eternity but on the kind of newsprint that tells us every day what’s going on in the world, the paper on which newspapers are printed day after day.

The unconventional catalogue for the exhibition “Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2016” is a special edition of the renowned German newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung – following its original design and format, and printed on recycled newsprint.

Conceived by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, and edited by Alex Rühle, its 64 pages feature interviews, essays, letters and opinion pieces alongside rich picture sequences, which provide deep insight into Frank’s life as a photographer and filmmaker. Several double-page spreads reproduce Frank’s photographs in panoramic scale and can be folded out as posters.

This newspaper catalogue recreates the raw, innovative approach of the exhibition, while its low production costs and according retail price of only $5.00 make it an unpretentious and accessible printed object. Or in Frank’s own words: “Cheap, quick and dirty, that’s how I like it!”

In Sequence

Michael Masters | Scot Newman | Susan Henderson | Sean Davey | Paul Jurak

Huw Davies Gallery
PhotoAccess, Manuka Arts Centre
Canberra, ACT
28 January - 21 February 2016

The Photography warmly welcomes new photographers to the gallery in 2016, and to start the year off, some of these new members are exhibiting in the first PhotoAccess members’ exhibition for 2016. The exhibition In Sequence presents the work of 35 PhotoAccess members, each one creatively addressing the notion of sequence and narrative in photography. For many artists, photography is not only about single images, but relationships between multiple images. A sequence of images can tell a particular story or narrative, create a sense of visual poetry, or suggest movement and time passing. In Sequence aims to showcase a variety of approaches to the notion of the photographic sequence, using traditional, experimental and digital photographic techniques.

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Still

Mark Mohell & Grace Costa
Gaffa Gallery
26 November - 7 December (opens 26 Nov 6-9pm)
281 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW
www.gaffa.com.au

Mark Mohell with fellow Canberra photographer Grace Costa will present a recent collaboration in an exhibition titled Still at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney. This new series is themed around the weight of expectation of life and beauty that can be found in death. 

proximate

Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Canberra, ACT, Australia

30 July - 23 August 2015

Robert Agostino, Thomas Boivin, Spiro Miralis

proximate presents works by three photographers working in contemporary documentary photography. Comprising three substantial bodies of work by Robert Agostino (Canberra), Thomas Boivin (Paris, France) and Spiro Miralis (Sydney), proximate explores the emotive potential of the documentary mode. Separated geographically, these photographers are nevertheless united by stark and intimate observational works using traditional photographic processes, all drawing from personal experiences. proximate is curated by The Photography Room, a Canberra-based gallery representing Australian and international photographers, with an emphasis on personal documentary practice.

View catalogue here.


A Time and Place - 2014 PhotoAccess Personal Photography Project

Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Canberra, ACT, Australia

28 May - 28 June 2015

Phil Carter, Lori Cicchini, Julie Garran, Susan Henderson, Andrée Lawrey, Annette Lock, Kim Psaila, Thomas Varendorff and Pavel Vrzala.

For the last ten months, TPR's Sean Davey has been tutoring a group of photographers in the second annual PhotoAccess Personal Photography Project. The resulting exhibition A Time and Place opened on 28 May at Huw Davies Gallery at PhotoAccess in Canberra, and will run until 28 June.

Read Sean's catalogue essay here.