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Consternation Over Winning Photograph in the Olive Cotton Award in Australia.

In Photography News on July 26, 2017 at 3:58 AM

Consternation Over Winning Photograph in the Olive Cotton Award in Australia.

This is a provocative image. I surmise in amongst multiple reasons it was chosen to be the winner was to – provoke. Creativeness, diversity, innovation, and vision in photography should be without boundaries – this is without question. This photograph goes some way to pushing the creative boundaries of photography. You know ‘Space the last frontier,’ go where no man (should be woman as well) has been before stuff boundaries!

                                          © Photograph by Artist Justine Varga

Winner of the Tweed Gallery’s $20,000 Olive Cotton Prize for photographic portraiture was a controversial choice by judge Shaune Lakin [Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra]. The photograph (above) is titled ‘Maternal Line’ and is by Justine Varga.

At this point, it is useful to ask a couple of questions; the first being, does this specific photograph succeed in doing that – being stellar? The second and more pragmatic for many here is the stinging question is, is this a portrait photograph? The answer to the first question lies with the individual viewer given the inbuilt subjectivity of photography itself. There is no x+y=z answer. The second question is also difficult to answer. It is though one needs first to ask what a portrait is? A portrait is defined as a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders. No face, head or shoulders here? Though, more broadly a portrait is a representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film or television or in this case – photography. The latter is where we enter the twilight zone. It is plausible that this photograph ‘Maternal Line’ can loosely be defined as a portrait. I think especially because as I understand it, photographer Justine Varga lovingly collaborated with her grandmother in making it. It is a ‘representation’ of her grandmother, and representation can qualify as a portrait. In a very human way, I am touched by Varga’s collaboration with her grandmother in making ‘Maternal Line .’ Saying that I wonder if the final work is as compelling as the collaboration and methodology that produced it in the first place?
As mentioned earlier within the context of those ‘go where no man (or woman of course) has been before frontiers’ of photography; curators, judges, picture editors et al. at times could be more balanced in avoiding choosing photographs that are biased towards methodology and philosophical underpinnings. Yes, the methodology and philosophical underpinnings of a photograph are paramount but not at the expense of dumbing down the aesthetic, and emotion of a photograph. Equity of both methodology and aesthetic produces the most potent and powerful photographs. Any University first-year art photography student can write a three thousand word piece on why the close-up photograph of the wine stained piece of shag pile carpet s/he has photographed is ‘art’ with intellectual and philosophical justification and authority. This is basic 101 University art photography stuff. But the important question that needs to be asked is, is it an accomplishment as an aesthetically evolved and emotionally charged photograph? Does it question us and inform us, delight us and disturb us, make us laugh or cry, extend our understanding of what it is to be human and be part of humanity? Further, still, does it emotionally wound us and remind us what it is to be alive? I wonder? Perhaps in some way it does in a ‘quite’ way or is it that ‘the story’ of the methodology is more compelling in this case?
Could it be that the aesthetic of the ‘Maternal Line’ doesn’t equal the intellectual and philosophical maturity that went into making it? Perhaps this is at the core of the consternation concerning ‘Marternal Line’ winning the Olive Cotton award?
Provocative? Clearly so but at what cost? Generally put provocation at the cost of devolving an evolved aesthetic and emotion is narrow in vision and counterintuitive. Personally, am I provoked by the actual photograph? I I am emotionally moved when considering the intamacy and emotion surrounding the story of making the photograph. But and again, provoked by the actual photograph itself? No, a flat line. I don’t ‘feel’ anything, and that is a problem.

~ JP

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Last Call for Cuba

In Photography News, Street Photography, Workshop News on September 4, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Havana, Cuba Workshop: Dec 6th – 11th, 2015

Last chance, to register for our Havana, Cuba Workshop!

Deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 14th.unnamed               © Photograph by Stephen Dupont

 

Don’t miss this special opportunity to join us in Havana before it all changes. This is the last opportunity to document and experience Cuba before it transitions into modernity.

Secure a place with a  US$500 deposit.

We will fast track your photography authorship to a higher aesthetic.

Documentary photographer Jack Picone will work in tandem with workshop partner Stephen Dupont, acclaimed photojournalist and artist. Both Stephen and Jack will critique and edit participants’ work one-on-one, and also take part in evening projections and discussions.

An introductory get-together will be held on the evening prior to the workshop’s formal start in Havana. Like any working documentary photographer, you will be given an assignment brief to interpret as you wish. (The brief will be announced prior to the workshop to give you time to research possible subjects before you arrive.) The aim is to produce a documentary photo essay with a striking visual narrative, to be shown on the final evening of the workshop.

Cost: US$2,650. Includes all workshop sessions. Workshop cost does not include travel costs to Cuba and accommodation. A US$500 (non-refundable secures a place on the workshop) with the balance to be paid no less then one month before the workshop starting date.

Application: Our workshops are strictly limited to 15 participants. Havana is a very popular workshop destination, so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

To receive further information about Havana or to request a registration form, please contact: jack@jackpicone.com and/or stephendupont@bigpond.com

Links:

Jack Picone

http://www.jackpicone.com/

Stephen Dupont

http://www.stephendupont.com/

Please Note: We advise that all participants take out medical/travel insurance for the Cuba workshop. Also, due to unforeseen circumstances workshop dates can be subject to change. However, this is rare.

 

Life and Death in Aleppo

In Ethics, Photography News, Street Photography on November 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

The following events took place in ALEPPO, Syria – in September 2012

Tracey Shelton displays extraordinary courage under fire while documenting the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“On this morning, the men were relaxed and joking around as they cleaned their area from a tank attack the day before. That time, they had been prepared and the tank had fired too short. This time, the assault came with little warning”.

View Shelton’s report  here:                                                                                                                                   

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PEACE

In Photography News on November 3, 2012 at 3:10 AM

The photography collective, ˚South (Degree South), will launch its latest exhibition, “PEACE” at the Tanks Arts Centre  in Cairns, in Far North Queensland, on Friday 23rd November.   The photographs for this exhibition have been printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive PD paper as part of Fujifilm’s sponsorship of the exhibition.

                                                                                                                               © Photograph by Jack Picone

“PEACE”, which follows Degree South’s WAR exhibition and book, features photographs from the Collective’s members – Tim Page, Michael Coyne, Jack Picone, David Dare Parker, Ben Bohane, Stephen Dupont, and Ashley Gilbertson – who have selected photographs they believe reflect their notion of peace. The exhibition also includes photographs from Sean Flynn, who is listed as missing in action in Cambodia since 1970, and whose archive falls under the Degree South banner.

For further exhibition details please read  here:

• Jack Picone

Enchanting Luang Prabang by Gary Jones

In Workshop News on October 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

It’s been said, after all, that the Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch rice grow, and the languorous Lao simply listen to the whispers of rice growing. Luang Prabang is simply – and lazily – enchanting.

                                                                                    Funfair arrives in Luang Prabang. © Photograph by Gary Jones

The writer Gary Jones joined us as a participant on our Laos Workshop, held in Luang Prabang July 2012. Read Gary’s musings about the workshop, his fellow participants and Luang Prabang’s becalming hypnotic effect in Prestige Magazine

There are still a few places remaining for our upcoming workshop in Havana Cuba. Interested? Email Jack Picone at  jack@jackpicone.com

Documentary Photography Masterclass Sydney November 10th 2012

In Photography News on September 7, 2012 at 5:21 AM

Join us, for what promises to be an engaging and stimulating learning experience in Documentary Photography.

 

                                                                                                                                         © Photograph by Jack Picone

Two the world’s most recognised photographers, Stephen Dupont and Jack Picone, will unite on Saturday 10th November for a unique masterclass.  This one day workshop is a rare opportunity for photographers to learn from and have their work critiqued by two of Australia’s biggest names in the photographic arena. For further details please read here:

Why Leica Is Opening So Many Stores

In Photography News on June 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Mimicking luxury clothing designers, pricey camera maker Leica will open 160 of its own stores by 2016 to sell the allure of photography. Read why here:

The New York Times Is Worth Less Than Instagram At $950 Million

In Photography News on May 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

 

It has dozens of competitors, but Instagram stands out for its fast ascension and almost cultlike following.

I find below scary and almost unfathomable:

JENNA WORTHAM says in her piece in the The New York’s Times blog – BITS, “It has 30 million users who upload more than five million photos a day, even though it was available for only Apple devices until last week, when the company released an Android app”.

30 million users 5 million photographs a day.  Extraordinary.                                                                                                           

Instagram has only been in existence for two years and Facebook have just bought it for 1 Billion.

The democratisation of photography. More people are making more pictures now then any other point in the history of photography. But the question beckons, is it a sea of mediocrity?

Read Jenna Wortham’s full story here in The New York’s Times blog – BITS

The Importance of a Great Teacher: Jack Picone

In Photography News on April 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Award-winning photographer Jack Picone generously spent three hours critiquing my personal project: Chungking Mansions while I was in Bangkok last month. I had edited the body of work down to a small batch, but Jack generously insisted on seeing every image. My session with him brought back memories of having great teachers in my life: those who can look at your work and undo what sits annoyingly tangled in your subconscious. In the three hours, I gained direction for my book project, saw what images I still needed and have a clear outline for the book. He told me exactly why an image worked or didn’t, all the while remaining encouraging. I left feeling positive and focused.I highly recommend The Jack Picone and Stephen Dupont Documentary Photography Workshops to serious amateurs and professional photographers.

 
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Melbourne Masterclass with Jack Picone and Stephen Dupont June 9 – 10, 2012

In Photography News on April 20, 2012 at 1:27 AM

On June 9-10 2012, Stephen Dupont & Jack Picone will be conducting a Masterclass in the Michaels Media School. In association with FUJI Film and the new FUJI X-Pro1 camera, this exciting masterclass will be structured as an intensive two day program that will include portfolio reviews, critiques, presentations, films and other activities. This will be the Melbourne stop of an international Masterclass tour!

                                                                        © Photograph by Kathmandu workshop participant Kate Walton
In picture Stephen Dupont (top) and Jack Picone (bottom right) at work in Kathmandu, Nepal during our Kathmandu workshop. Our next week long international workshop will be in Luang Prabang, Laos from 9th July – 14 July. Full details can be viewed here.
Our next two day Masterclass in Australia will be held at Michael’s Camera Store, Melbourne. Please view details and book  here: