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Smith has been working tirelessly on a project focussing on the complexities of an Australian indigenous community in western NSW over the last year. The culmination of this work will be screening as a projection at the Reportage Festival from late May. Smith’s work promises to be a highlight among a field of some of the world’s best photojournalists and should not be missed.
For more information on Reportage as it comes to light, CLICK HERE.
Oculi is excited to announce that as part of the 2013 Reportage Photography Festival and in partnership with BLURB books, we will be presenting HOME, an interactive exhibition where viewers will be able to populate and sequence their own custom book from the Oculi Collective’s exhibition images.
The exhibition is supported by Epson Australia and opens May 22nd at 6pm at the Cleland Bond building in The Rocks (33 Playfair Street).
Please join us for what will be an amazing opening night.
Opening Night: Wednesday May 22nd, 6-9pm
Dates: May 22nd to June 10th
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 11-6pm, Sun 12-4pm
Venue: Ground Level, Cleland Bond, 33 Playfair Street, The Rocks
image: Andrew Quilty/Oculi
About the Exhibition theme:
“Since its conception Oculi’s axis has been Australia, its ostensible home. As well as its physical base, Australia has been the place its members have felt compelled – even obligated – to explore most thoroughly.
Increasingly however, in both the physical and digital world, how we once defined home is being challenged like never before. As globalisation and even the effects of global warming remark physical and abstract borders arbitrarily, the importance of finding a concept of home has never been more fundamental.
Oculi: Home doesn’t seek to answer the question; “what is home?” but merely to offer a collective interpretation of home as an idea. From a structure of four walls and a roof as home might most commonly be recognised, to the symbols that define and those that evoke.
– Oculi photographer Andrew Quilty
About the Exhibition / Book making process:
“Photographers spend their careers making pictures, editing pictures and sequencing pictures in an effort to ensure the most impactful connection with their intended audience. So, what would happen if the audience is allowed to make these decisions for photographers? How would this change a story? New stories would surely emerge, ensuring emotion, drama and photographic intrigue as it unfolded in real-time with real-world audience driven decisions.”
– Daniel Milnor, Blurb USA
‘Women Documenting’ is a seminar that will highlight the work of some of Australia’s and the world’s most innovative female documentary photographers.
The event including photographers Raphaela Rosella (Australia) of Oculi, Tamara Dean (Australia) of Olsen Irwin Gallery, Lee Grant (Australia) of Oculi and international guest, award winning photographer Paula Bronstein (USA) will investigate the importance of women based in the field, it will also investigate the challenges that they face in diverse environments within documentary photography, such as conflict areas amongst others.
This seminar will involve intensive discussions regarding the challenges, changes and experiences of women in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography and their role and presence in the history of the genre.
The photographers will present their work and open discussions about their experiences in the field.
More guests to be announced.
May 25 – June 13, 2013
Andrew Quilty has revamped the blog on his personal website. Apart from what he’s been up to himself there’s plenty of photographic news both global and local as well as books, music and more. CLICK HERE to go to the blog.
Oculi photographer David Maurice Smith’s ongoing project “Living in the Shadow’s” exploring the Aboroiginal community of Wilcannia, NSW has been featured on the CNN homepage and the popular CNN photos blog, bringing global attention to the contemporary struggles faced by Aboriginal Australians.
On a recent trip to New York, Smith met with former Newsweek Magazine Photo Editor and current Director of Photography of CNN Simon Barnett. Barnett was immediately interested in the work, citing a lack of exposure to the conditions faced by Aboriginal people in Australia and the quality of the Smith’s imagery as reasons for showcasing the work on the popular CNN site.
A link to the post can be seen here.
Lee Grant has been announced as one of three winners selected by curator Yumi Goto for the 2nd Asian Women Photographers Showcase (AWPS). A selection of Lee’s work from her new and ongoing series The Korea/Goryo Project will be exhibited at the Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival in Thailand from the 8-14th February 2013.
Photo courtesy of Anthony Browell
I first met David Potts around 12 years ago. I was invited to show the beginnings of a newly commenced long term project on the urban indigenous community of ‘The Block’ at the Sydney Observatory that hosted a monthly symposium on Australian photographers and their works. It was one of the first public showings of my work and witnessing the cream of Australian photography assembled under one roof was a daunting experience. I remember staring back at the gathered audience and the terror that washed over me. Along with Pottsy were David Moore , Robert McFarlane and Roger Scott to name a few and I remember the relief on completion as a cathartic experience. Later, I was approached by a man who introduced himself to me as Pottsy, he wanted to commend me on my work. His sincerity prompted and immediate inquiry. Who was David Potts?
It was only after a call to Robert Mcfarlane that I was set straight, research pending.
I was later invited by Anthony Browell to participate in the ‘Tugboat Lunches’. Now written into Australian photographic folklore, the tugboat lunches were an extravagant, floating soiree of culinary decadence and photography. Hosted by Browell aboard his 1917 Sydney Harbour tugboat, the lunches were a generational binding celebration of Australian photography and it’s core practioners. The lunches became the philosophical, ethical and moral embodiment of Australian documentary practise. On any given day, one could move between our elder statesmen and contemporary forefathers such as David Moore, Lewis Morley and Jeff Carter to the younger but established likes of Gerrit Fokema, Peter Solness, David Dare Parker and Stephen Dupont to the younger again emerging talents of the time like Narelle Autio, Tamara Dean, Trent Parke and Andrew Quilty.
A ‘picture and a bottle’ was mandatory for admittence. Following a degustation of French cheeses, garlic prawns and seafood chowders, a hat of names would nominate the designated speaker, calling on the verbal articulation of a favorite image by oneself or another. Pottsy, like Browell, Scott, Dodd and McFarlane was a cornerstone of the Tugboat lunches.He possessed a cunning sense of humor and a deceptively discurteous disposition. His selfless contribution to the photographic community will be one of his many enduring legacies. Pottsy cherrished the Australian photographic fraternity, and amongst others, was instrumental in bridging the generational divide between photographers. His embrace of the works and the support of the young and emering generation of documentary practitioners was absolute.
Among the Oculi group of photographers, both past and present, Pottsy was an inspiration, a pioneer of contemporary Australian documentary photography, a mentor,
a Grandfather and a friend. He will be sadly missed by us, the photographic community at large and the future generations yet to walk in his footprints.
Dean Sewell 2012