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Documentary Positions

5 Sessions
Wednesday 19 August 2009, 6pm
Wednesday 16 & Wednesday 23 September 2009, 6pm
Wednesday 14 October & Wednesday 28 October 2009, 6pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Gold-coin donation, no bookings required.

Supported by Cultures of Photography, a research hub within the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University

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Session 1 — Wednesday 19 August (at CCP)


Jacqui Vicario
Reportage: A Celebration of Photojournalism

Join Reportage Festival Director Jacqui Vicario for a cinematic screening of Reportage 2008, followed by a discussion.

Established in 1999, Reportage is Australia’s premiere showcase of national and international documentary photography in an ‘images on screen’ format. It has grown to show cutting-edge photo documentaries from around the world incorporating projections on screen, exhibitions, talks and seminars. In 2008 it launched a $10,000 grant for the creation of new photographic documentaries.

Stephen Dupont was the guest curator of this screening of Reportage which will show the work of 21 selected photographers including Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Moore who photographed the assassination of Benazir Bhutto along with Seamus Murphy’s poetic photo essay of America and James Whitlow Delano’s extraordinary portrait of Japan.

Session 2 — Wednesday 16 September (at CCP)


David Lloyd and Kelly Hussey-Smith
Picturing Human Rights

David Lloyd and Kelly Hussey-Smith will discuss the latest edition of The Australian PhotoJournalist: Picturing Human Rights. Compiled in response to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the editorial board sought to evaluate the success of the declaration and to expose the stories of those who have fallen through the cracks of this most noble vision. The Australian PhotoJournalist (APJ) is a crusading journal provoking debate, challenging entrenched orthodoxies and seeking to position journalism and documentary practice within its more noble traditions. Importantly the APJ seeks to give voice to those marginalised, forgotten or ignored.

David Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He is Executive Editor of The Australian PhotoJournalist and a documentary practitioner. Kelly Hussey-Smith was the Issue Editor of Picturing Human Rights, and is a recent graduate of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, majoring in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.

For a recording of Picturing Human Rights' lecture, click here MP3, 48.8MB

Session 3 — Wednesday 23 September (at CCP)


Christopher Stewart
From Periphery to Centre: The Struggle Between Concept and Content in Documentary Photography

Christopher Stewart will discuss how the tensions between content and concept and the transition in relation to dissemination and destination for documentary photography have continued to play out in recent photographic culture. He will include examples from his own practice.

Christopher Stewart is Associate Professor in Photography at RMIT University. He is the Director of the Cultures of Photography research hub in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. He is represented by Gimpel Fils in London where he exhibited Super Border, a solo exhibition, in 2009. His work is included in the Thames and Hudson publication The Photograph as Contemporary Art and he is currently showing in the group exhibition Darkside at the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland.

For a recording of From Periphery to Centre: The Struggle Between Concept and Content in Documentary Photography's lecture, click here MP3, 55.1MB

Session 4 — Wednesday 23 September (at CCP)


Mark Power
Artist Talk

Mark Power will discuss his work and share his experience of being a member of the world’s most renowned photographic agency—Magnum Photos. As a photographer who produces both high-level commissioned and independently produced projects, he will also give an insight into the art and commerce of contemporary photography.

Mark Power is Vice President of Magnum Photos, London Office (UK and Commonwealth). He joined Magnum Photos in 2002 and became a full member in 2007. He has published five major projects in monograph form, including The Shipping Forecast and 26 Different Endings and has exhibited his work globally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2002 he was commissioned by Airbus to cover every step of the construction of the A380 super jumbo and continues to undertake photographic commissions through Magnum Photos.

Session 5 — Wednesday 28 October (at CCP)


Gary Simpson
Just Images: The Iconography of War Crimes

Susan Sontag remarked that “war and photography are inseparable”. So too now—and at least since 1945—are war and law. In this presentation, Simpson considers some of the iconic photography of war crimes trials from images of twenty-one stupefied Nazis at Nuremberg through the office functionary, Adolf Eichmann in his glass booth to Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein and their almost nostalgic gestures of defiance in the face of law and camera.

Gerry Simpson is a Visiting Professor of Public International Law at the London School of Economics and holds a Chair of Law at the University of Melbourne Law School where he is Director of the Global Justice Studio. His latest book is Law, War and Crime (2007) and he is currently writing on the idea of international law as a literary enterprise.


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