June Pop-Up Newsletter. Incredible images are saturating this city with Head On, Reportage & Vivid in full swing. A few suggestions here may help…

Pop-Up June Newsletter.  It’s (nearly) all photography this month.  With Head On Photo Festival & Reportage saturating this city in incredible images, you have 100+ photo essays to challenge, to please, to entertain, to shock, to linger over, to love!  So get out there.   Until July…  Cassie 0416 209 391

An Ideal Destination.  Caroline McLean-Foldes / Mim Stirling
08 – 20 June
OPENING Sat 08 June 3-5pm  /  ARTIST TALK Sat 15 June @ 3pm
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Untitled #02, Caroline McLean-Foldes (above)         Line of Sight #01,  Mim Stirling (below)

Inspired by the enigma that is Japan, these two photographers present unique images from the perspective of their own cultural identity.  Sharing a common history in cinema studies, both Caroline and Mim reinterpret Japan very differently.  Caroline’s imagery is ethereal, painterly and delicate.  Mim’s is taken from period Japanese Samurai films and their Spaghetti Western remakes, combining the two classics to create a narrative between the two worlds.  Be sure to experience this lovely exhibition.
Arthere, 126 Regent St, Redfern
Hours  Wed – Sat 12-5pm or by Appointment.

Figure & Form.  Nebuli Arts
04 – 29 June
OPENING Sat 08 June @ 12pm

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Light on Water Emerging Form 35, Michael Haylen (Member, Nebuli Arts)

Nebuli Arts is a newly formed group of Sydney photographic artists aspiring to attain a distinctive niche within contemporary arts.  The theme Figure & Form is presented by 15 artists displaying a collection of over 100 images.  With references to self expression, emotion, abstraction and metaphor, these photographers present a dynamic collection exploring tension between form and space.  A great excuse to cross the bridge and visit the new state-of-the-art Lane Cove Gallery Space.
Lane Cove Art Gallery, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove
Hours  Mon-Fri 10-4.30, Sat 10-2.30


Property is Theft.  Tim Burns
11 – 22 June
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Before the Storm, 2013 oil & acrylic on canvas Tim Burns

A legendary figure in Australian underground art, Tim Burns returns to Sydney with a new series of work.  His acclaimed Survey Show at Tin Sheds in 2012 was fabulous – now be prepared for more!  Burns pushes boundaries and has done so since screaming onto the international art scene in the 70s.  Expect the unexpected – you have been warned.
Damien Minton Gallery, 583 Elizabeth St, Redfern

To Float in a Strange Sky.  Catherine Cloran
Until 15 June
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A series of photographs taken in Sydney and Beijing exploring the places where the natural world and human culture intersect.  The landscapes are magical, the reflections shimmer with colour and the ‘best uscale duck’ restaurant gorgeously entertaining.  The photographs are from Beijing and Sydney, yet it feels impossible to tell which city appears before you.  A very pleasing exhibition indeed.  2 Danks Street won’t disappoint when your visit as there are also 3 other galleries running highly recommended photographic exhibitions.
Brenda May Annex, 2 Danks St, Waterloo
Hours Tue – Sat 11-6

New Beirut.  Paul Blackmore
Until 22 June
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La Plage Beach Club, Beirut  Paul Blackmore

Paul Blackmore is one of a new generation of photojournalists whose elegant, coherent and enduring observations function as both valuable records of social change and stunning fine-art images.  If you missed Paul’s talk last Saturday, you missed something special – he is a very engaging storyteller.  However, you may be lucky to catch him in the gallery on your visit.  A fabulous collection reflecting a city rebuilt after years of fierce civil war.  There is hope and joy, pleasure and recreation, secular and tradition, all side by side.  
Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley St, Darlinghurst
Hours  Wed – Sat 11-6
www.stanleystreetgallery.com.au  /  www.paulblackmore.com

Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits.  Sharon Zwi
Until 29 June
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Shanti Raman, Paediatrician, Sharon Zwi   (above)
Bruce Petty, political cartoonist & film maker,
Sharon Zwi (below)

This extraordinary collection of portraits reflects a true labour of love by Sydney photographer, Sharon Zwi.  Each portrait is made up of a grid of 25 images showing the life of the sitter from babyhood to now.  Some famous and well known – many known to Sharon from her local community.  People she admires and feels have made a positive contribution to society.  There are politicians, judges, lecturers, feminists, teachers, scientists, human rights advocates, writers, filmmakers, a book shop owner and even her local fruit shop owner.  Every portrait pulls you in.  One of my very favourites is Margaret Whitlam – compiled by her daughters and the photographer.  Other poignant images are both Sharon’s parents – made even more so given her dad recently passed away.  Each portrait has their story underneath.  You have to search this exhibition out a little (downstairs at Fisher Sydney Uni amongst the rare book collection), but a very worthwhile excursion.  A must visit exhibition.
Fisher Library, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Open Daily


From JFK to Obama.  David Burnett (Until 18 August)
+ Reportage Uncensored
  (Video loop until end of Reportage Festival)
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Barack & Michelle Obama sharing icecream. David Burnett

I loved this exhibition by international photojournalist David Burnett.  He has photographed every American President from JFK to Obama.  I only wished there were more stories.  After the ACP you can whip around to Blender Gallery and see Burnett’s series on Bob Marley – fantastic!  Also at the ACP you can catch the full uncensored Reportage collection.  Customs House may be showing also the uncensored versions indoors this weekend.  If you are unaware of the story, here is a link to one story to get you in the loop.
ACP, 257 Oxford St, Paddington
www.acp.org.au  /  http://www.reportage.com.au


State Library NSW for Head On Portrait Prize Finalists
Until 23 June

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Oma by Cassandra French

This is one of my submissions for 2013 – sadly did not make the cut.  To see the Winners and 40 Finalists, plus another 100 semi-finalists on the slideshow loop, catch them all at the State Library.  Lots of other exhibitions to see while you are there: Magnum Collection;  Belinda Mason;  Street Photography;  Ben Lowy iPhone Pics from Afghanistan.
State Library NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Vivid   http://www.vividsydney.com
Reportage   http://www.reportage.com.au
Head On Photo Festival   http://www.headon.com.au


A winters drive to the country
– literally!
I’m off to visit Wild Valley Art Park www.wildvalley.com.au in Wentworth Falls – hosting Australia’s first Sketchbook Drawing Festival in Spring – before a mini-tour to Mudgee, Sofala, Hill End and Orange.  Should be sooo beautiful and cold!  Looking forward to finally taking some photographs of my own.

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