ABC journalist Luke Wong has interviewed Jon Lewis about his four year series 'Perfect Strangers' which is currently on show at The Photography Room in Canberra until 4 March.
American photographer Dennis Church has had a selection of his photographs included in BYSTANDER - A History of Street Photography, authored by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz.
This book has been called by some “the bible of street photography”. Church is one of thirteen contemporary artists featured and discussed in Chapter 21 The Conversation Continues.
Aishah Kenton and her friend Nell Fraser, both students at The Australian National University, put on a great backyard exhibition and potluck dinner last night, with their prints for sale for $10 each (25cm x 30cm) and $20 each (80cm x 60cm). Unframed prints hung from a clothesline, some were attached to a large gumtree, while others were put on display in a garden shed. There was even a possum who made an appearance for the show (and enjoyed the crackers). With summer just around the corner, we reckon there will definitely be some more great opportunities for backyard exhibitions like this before the year's out.
Exhibition installation of 'Lesson' at Belconnen Arts Centre from 23 September until 15 October 2017.
In 2015 photographer Sean Davey spent six weeks at Charnwood-Dunlop School as part of the ArtsACT Artists-in-Schools (now defunct) program, funded by the Australia Council.
Sean spent time with all classes at the school, from Kindergarten to Year Six, and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, teaching digital photography as well as setting up a working darkroom in which he introduced students to analogue black and white photography.
Sean was free to photograph in and around the school, producing his own body of work as well as collecting all the photographs made by the students.
This exhibition features a selection of images made by the students and by Sean, as well as featuring three books of photographs made by the artist together with the students.
Aishah Kenton has the cover of this month's Art Monthly Australasia magazine, as well as a spread of images inside. This special 300th edition of Art monthly was accompanied by an exhibition of past magazine covers, shown at the School of Art, Australian National University in Canberra.
Celebrating the 300th issue of the magazine, the current issue focuses on the history of the magazine, with some great stories about the magazine's first editor Peter Townsend. A selection of Chinese prints collected by Peter is currently on show at the National Gallery of Australia to celebrate the 300th issue of Art Monthly as well.
Mark Mohell is exhibiting new prints and screen-based works at M16 Gallery in the Canberra suburb of Griffith (one time someone actually WENT to Griffith NSW instead of Canberra so we have to make it clear that Griffith is a suburb in Canberra). The exhibition opened last Thursday evening and is curated by Grace Blakeley-Carroll. The artists in the exhibition include Mark Mohell, Jacqueline Bradley, Cathy Franzi, Kirstie Rea, Annika Harding, Caren Florance and Melinda Smith. The exhibition is accompanied by an exquisite catalogue with loose leaf pages, one on each artist.
With only 100 copies printed, get your hands on one quick smart.
'Lines of Site: Finding the Sublime in Canberra' at M16 until 3 September.
'Ellie' by Aishah Kenton has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Maggie Diaz Prize for women photographers. The exhibition of finalists will be on show at Bright Space Gallery in Melbourne from 1-17 September. The $5000 cash prize aims to attract a wide range of photographers working only with available light. In 2017 the gallery received 318 entries, with 51 finalists selected for exhibition.
This is the first competition Aishah has ever entered, so quite a coup for this young, up and coming photographer, who is currently in her second year studying Photomedia at the School of Art at the Australian National University in Canberra.
This photograph is part of Aishah's series Inside/Outside, which is currently on show in the Solo Gallery at The Photography Room until 24 September. This is Aishah's first solo exhibition.
My practice is set firmly in the tradition of personal documentary photography. The subjects of my photographs include my family, friends, as well as strangers who I see (and sometimes meet) in public places.
I primarily work with black and white 35mm and medium format film. Working with analogue allows me to explore the inherent nature of film and its granular structure at the same time I explore my photographic subjects. This series of photographs was made earlier this year for my medium format film photography class at The School of Art at the ANU. I am currently in my second year of a Ba of Visual Arts in Photomedia.
The people in these photographs are close to me and they collaborated with me to produce this series of photographs Inside/Outside, where I photographed each person from inside their home looking out and then from outside their home looking in. I’m interested in spaces where intimacy in photographs can be found, and I am currently exploring everyday, personal situations that we are all familiar with, as locations in which to make my photographs.
- Aishah Kenton
Paul Costigan has compiled a review of current photography exhibitions in Canberra, including a positive take on our three shows by Rohan Thomson, Scot Newman and Gary Ramage.
Gary Ramage's exhibition 'Afghanistan' has been purchased in its entirety by the Australian War Memorial for the institution's permanent collection. Upon news of the purchase, Gary decided to donate his Hasselblad 500CM camera, which he used to make the photographs in 2011, to the War Memorial to accompany the prints. Gary also donated one print from the series as a sign of gratitude for the large acquisition and to Brendan Nelson (Director of the AWM) for his contribution to the opening of the show and for writing the exhibition foreword.
TPR photographer Emilio Cresciani is currently showing his series Face2Face at Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess in Canberra. Emilio recently spoke with Canberra Times journalist Karen Hardy about his show, which continues until 23 April.
Shane Breynard, Director of Canberra Museum and Galleries, knows a thing or two about Canberra artists, and the art scene in the nation's capital. Shane was kind enough to contribute the exhibition essay to Rohan Thomson's catalogue for his current exhibition The Makers, which has been published today on the Visual Arts Hub website.
Rohan's exhibition continues until 7 May (extended from the original 30 April end date).
Click here (or the image below) to read Shane's essay.
Rohan Thomson's exhibition 'The Makers' was featured in a story in The Canberra Times on Friday 24 March by Jil Hogan.
Rohan Thomson talks to Henry Zwartz from The Sydney Morning Herald about his upcoming exhibition The Makers, opening Friday 24 March.
Click image to read article (on smh site).
The Weekend Australian Financial Review (4-5 February 2017) has published a page of photographs and a story by Andrew Burke about Sean Davey's exhibition 'Solomon Islands'.
Paul Costigan has written a glowing review of the current exhibitions at The Photography Room. Paul must have accidently missed the downstairs gallery on his visit, as we're sure he would have been equally impressed by Dimitri Mellos's colour photographs from New York. The current exhibitions by Sean Davey, Spiro Miralis and Dimitri Mellos continue until 12 March.
2XX fm presenter Tania Paschen recently interviewed Sean Davey about his current exhibition on the Solomon Islands, for the program Lives Less Ordinary. The interview aired on Thursday 23 February and is available on Soundcloud here. One of the most comprehensive interview's Sean has done, this conversation runs for an hour and touches on photography, Sean's ongoing relationship with PNG and his varying musical influences (from Warumpi Band, Mob Deep to Sigur Rós).
List to the interview here.
We are honoured to have some incredible partners who sponsor The Photography Room; without their support the gallery, exhibitions and openings would not be what they are today.
At the end of 2016 The Photography Room partnered with Canberra's leading design and advertising agency CRE8IVE to develop a branding and design strategy to promote the gallery and our photographers' exhibitions.
We are extremely proud to launch the first installment of this wonderful partnership with CRE8IVE in the form of our 32 page exhibition catalogues, which accompany each of the three current exhibitions.
The exhibition catalogues are stand alone booklets that have artist bios & statements, as well as exhibition essays for Spiro Miralis's and Dimitri Mellos's works. The catalogues are printed in an edition of 100 and are available in the gallery for $10 each. They will soon be available in our shop.