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Installation view of 'Wall Power: Contemporary Australian Photography' in London
On now until 21 May at the Australian High Commission, London, in collaboration with the Australian Government and Photo London - do get along!

Wall Power: Contemporary Australian Photography in partnership with Photo London


17 May - 21 May 2018, Australian High Commission at Australia House, London

WALL POWER: Contemporary Australian Photography features the work of twenty-two leading Australian photographers, each exploring the myths and legends surrounding Australia’s unique light, landscape and history. The exhibition includes multiple seminal works by Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers including Tracey Moffatt, Bill Henson and Trent Parke. The exhibition covers a broad spectrum of practical and conceptual approaches to photography, all casting light on the Australian national identity, rich in complexities and conflicts. At the core of WALL POWER lies the photographic image and the immediacy and power of the medium.

After successfully showing in Cologne and Berlin in 2017, the exhibition will open in London on the 17th May, 2018 at Australia House on the Strand. The exhibition coincides and is partnered with Photo London, the United Kingdom’s premiere photography event.

“The works in WALL POWER reflect the diversity of practice in the last two decades or so by Australian artists born between 1955 and 1984 whose careers began from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. Stylistically, the images reflect the centrality of postmodern approaches in photomedia in the contemporary art scene in Australia since the late 1980s. Even when most provocative, they still seem ‘Australian’ to me in their offbeat subtlety and their wry puns and references.” – Gael Newton, formerly the Senior Curator of Australian and International Photography at the National Gallery of Australia.

Exhibiting Artists:
Bill Henson, Brook Andrew, Catherine Nelson, Christian Thompson, Deborah Paauwe, Destiny Deacon, Fabian Muir, Joan Ross, Joseph McGlennon, Luke Shadbolt, Marian Drew, Michael Riley, Narelle Autio, Nici Cumpston, Petrina Hicks, Polixeni Papapetrou, Rosemary Laing, Shaun Gladwell, Tamara Dean, Tony Albert, Tracey Moffatt, Trent Parke.

WALL POWER has been made possible by the direct support of the Australian Government.
Month of Photography LA
'Searching for North Korea' showing at MoPLA, April 21 - May 12 via PDN

Honourarable mention Life Framer 'Urban Life' judged by Peter Funch
See the other finalists here - some superb images.



Jury’s comment - “This is an initially perplexing composition, the frame seeming to fold in on itself in confusing ways – this superstructure towering over an urban wasteland, and then this gorgeous vista, as if spliced in from another scene. It has an almost dystopian feel about it, where one class enjoys the views from the parapet while the rest of the city rots below. Heaven and Hell. An apt metaphor for today’s society perhaps. I’m drawn to the figures climbing on the left-hand side of the frame, heads down, personifying that urban drudgery - traveling through an urban purgatory. There’s so much here to uncover”. – Life Framer
Winner PDN Emerging Photographer
For 'Searching for North Korea'.

Picture of the Day, London Telegraph
Shades of Leisure in North Korea as Picture of the Day in the London Telegraph

DPRK feature in BuzzFeed News
Thank you BuzzFeed News for the article on the DPRK work. Read here

Welcome, Zamina!
The most important picture I'll ever take.

Urban Burqa in Musée Magazine, New York
Thank you Musée Magazine for the 'Urban Burqa' spread in the 'Humanity' issue.

Interview in PhotogrVphy Magazine and Grant
Many thanks Marciej Leszczynski and PhotogrVphy Magazine for the interview on Shades of Leisure in North Korea and other work. Read here.

Smithsonian Magazine
Thank you Smithsonian Magazine for showing the Nampo Orphans as picture of the day:

Wall Power: Contemporary Australian Photography in Berlin
Wall Power: Contemporary Australian Photography exhibition continues in Berlin's Direktorenhaus from 1-23 December 2017. More details here.
Grand Prize in Photogrvphy Grant 2017
Thank you very much to the jury and Photogrvphy Magazine for awarding the Grand Prize for this year's grant and 1st Place in photojournalism to Shades of Leisure in North Korea.

View the series and other terrific nominated submissions here.

Installation shots of Wall Power Contemporary Australian Photography in Cologne
September - October 2017, Blue Burqa #1, with Trent Parke Candid Portrait of a Man on a Street Corner and Joseph McGlennon Thylacine Study No. 5:



Bill Henson, Untitled, far left:

Installation shot of Urban Burqa at Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai
At the Behind the Portrait exhibition September - October 2017:

Interview in Sydney University Alumni Magazine
Thank you for the profile piece in SAM. Read here
Wall Power: Contemporary Australian Photography
Part 1 of the superb travelling exhibition in Europe over the next 18 months: Haus der Stiftungen, Cologne, 7 September - 7 October, 2017 via Michael Reid with the kind support of the Australian Government.

Exhibited artists: Bill Henson, Brook Andrew, Catherine Nelson, Christian Thompson, Deborah Paauwe, Destiny Deacon, Fabian Muir, Joan Ross, Joseph McGlennon, Luke Shadbolt, Marian Drew, Michael Riley, Narelle Autio, Nici Cumpston, Petrina Hicks, Polixeni Papapetrou, Rosemary Laing, Shaun Gladwell, Tamara Dean, Tony Albert, Tracey Moffatt and Trent Parke.

Felix Schoeller Photo Award
Delighted for Shades of Leisure in North Korea to be shortlisted for the Felix Schoeller Photo Award amongst very stiff competition.

Urban Burqa in Marie Claire
Many thanks to Marie Claire for featuring Urban Burqa in the September issue.