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!”

For more information on Robert Frank visit Artsy here.

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

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. 


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.

Limousines & Hearses | Sean Davey

Ground Floor (opposite Hoyts Cinemas), Woden Plaza

Canberra, ACT, Australia

May - July 2015

A selection of ten framed photographs from Sean Davey's portfolio 'Limousines & Hearses' is currently on exhibition at Westfield Woden in Canberra, ACT.

The photographs are located on the ground floor, opposite the cinemas. The works will be on display for three months.

The entire portfolio can be viewed here.

Urban Suburban | Canberra Museum and Gallery

Canberra Museum and Gallery, ACT
Sat 7 March – Sun 21 June
Gallery 2/3

Mark Mohell has been selected for inclusion in the next exhibition at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Comprised entirely of works from the Canberra Museum and Gallery visual arts collection, this exhibition explores urban and suburban Canberra. The works examine Canberra as a town and a city independent of the national monuments that define it as the Nation’s Capital.

From black-and-white photographs of the city from the 1960s through to the work of contemporary artists examining life in the suburbs, the exhibition reveals the rituals and experiences that enrich life in Canberra, and discovers thematic links between the diverse works in the Collection. The exhibition encompasses a range of media including printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture.

Kerb lite | Mark Mohell

Until 28 February 2015

Kaori Gallery, Hobart Place (off London Cct)

Canberra City, ACT, Australia.

Canberra photographer Mark Mohell is having an impromptu exhibition of his beautiful black and white photographs Kerb lite at Kaori Gallery in Canberra's city centre until 28 February. Kerb lite is a continuation of Mark's visual enquiry of suburban spaces and natural details that are found there.

Hume Sunrise | Wouter Van de Voorde

5-28 February 2015

Colour Factory (409-429 Gore Street, Fitzroy)

Melbourne, Australia

Wouter Van de Voorde will be exhibiting his series Hume Sunrise at the Colour Factory gallery in Melbourne as part of Photobook Melbourne. Hume Sunrise will be Wouter's first exhibition in Melbourne.

kerbside | Mark Mohell

20 September - 2 November

Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre

Muswellbrook, NSW.

Mark Mohell presents an exhibition of his ongoing black and white photographic series, made in the heart of Australia's capital city, Canberra. Looking at trimmed hedges, footpaths, garage facades and 1920's brick homes, kerbside takes the viewer on a slow meander though Canberra's well established inner suburbs, pausing occasionally to look at the divide between public space and private residence.

Mark's beautifully crafted black and white photographs are printed on baryta paper, offering visitors to the exhibition luscious blacks and rich tones that enhance the physical viewing experience of these images.

Portside | Tom Williams

2 – 21 September, 2014

Photospace Gallery, School of Art, The Australian National University, ACT.

Exhibition Reception   Thursday 4 September, 6pm

Artist Talk   Saturday 13 September, 2014.

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Rowan Conroy, lecturer in Photography at The Australian National University.

TPR presents 'Portside' by Tom Williams, an exhibition of work from his ongoing series Wollongong Now.  Tom has been a resident of Wollongong for over 15 years, and this series deftly explores the places and people of the region.  Tom's interest in engaging with and documenting a time and a place is captured in this exploration of a city through it's people, fashion, architecture, and landscape.

Tom Williams is an accomplished and well-recognised freelance documentary photographer, and lecturer in Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Wollongong.

This is the first exhibition of Tom Williams' photography in Canberra, and his first solo exhibition with The Photography Room.

Americolor | Dennis Church

4 – 27 September, 2014.

Kaori Gallery

Hobart Place, Canberra, ACT.

Exhibition Reception 5 September 6pm

Dennis Church is a photographer from Florida, USA. Dennis' relationship with photography started in the 1970's and since then he has had 'a deep interest in the exploration of colour, its complex personal, commercial, cultural, and emotional vibrations in the American social landscape.' Dennis' work has been featured in numerous publications and the portfolio Americolor was picked as one of Lens Culture's favourite portfolios of 2013 in Paris, France.

Proudly presented by TPR, Americolor will be Dennis' first exhibition in Australia. 

Neighbourhood | Tom Williams

2014 – 2015

Elizabeth Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Personal Traces | Various Artists

Sean Davey, Laila Kazak, Allen Bills, Deidre Campbell, Gillian Freeman, Migual Gallagher, Mila Logan, Michael Masters, Scott McFarlane, Tracey Pearce, Francine Steinbacher

Personal Traces was the resulting exhibition of a year long personal photography workshop tutored by Sean Davey at PhotoAccess in Canberra. 

13 – 30 March, 2014

Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Canberra, ACT.

Read Sean Davey's introduction to the exhibition and catalogue here

Past. Present. Future. | Mark Mohell

November 2013 – January, 2014

Kaori Gallery, ACT.