Mordançage: The Unveiling

Elizabeth Opalenik is known for her sensual images, including the Mordançage process, hand printed black and white, infrared films, Polaroid manipulations and specialized toning. With limitless creativity Elizabeth has found her voice as a photographic artist, learning that all good photographs are self-portraits that lie somewhere between imagination and dreams.

Ms. Opalenik was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, living as a neighbor to the Amish and their uncomplicated ways. Her upbringing continues to reverberate in the personal images she creates. Her ongoing projects are as diverse as her life experience, whether a figure study in water, a serene black and white photograph of Amish daily life, or an image from her most recent body of work, “Poetry in Motion,” which captures fluid, watercolor-like grace as the artist expresses her childhood dreams of becoming a dancer.

She has been a photographer for 28 years.

OPENING:
THURSDAY, 9 MAR 2017
6PM – 8PM

EXHIBITION DATES:
9 MAR 2017 – 1 APR 2017

THE FILM PROJECT- MAP COLLECTIVE

The Film Project- a group exhibition by Many Australian Photographer’s collective.

In an age of fast photography and image overload, 17 Australian Documentary photographer’s use traditional analogue techniques to photograph the most personal of subjects- the Portrait. With subjects that range from the loved to the infamous, photographers embraced the slow, uncertain nature of photographing with film to create a dynamic of trust only formed when a subject has to wait to see their image.

Each photo has been hand printed by the artist,  some whom had not been in a darkroom for a decade but all embraced the tactile process of silver gelatine printing. In a world where nothing is too hard to change in Photoshop, these images strive for an authenticity that says as much about the photographer as their subjects.

MAPgroup is a non-profit photographic collective committed to high quality, independent documentary image making. Our membership includes emerging and well-established photographers who are all passionate about the documentation of social and environmental issues in Australia.

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, March 9, 6-9pm

Feature Image:
Chopper
by Tobias Titz

Maggie Diaz: Between Two Worlds

Fox Galleries presents the work of the late Maggie Diaz – an American photographer who arrived in Australia in 1961 and quickly established a reputation as an important émigré artist, alongside her male counterparts of the time. Her work as been acquired by The National Gallery of Australia, The National Library of Australia and The State Library of Victoria holds a comprehensive archive of the negatives. Following her death in October 2016, Fox Galleries commemorates Diaz with an exhibition featuring signed limited edition prints as well as never-before-exhibited original photographs.

This show coincides with the artist’s birthday and a public memorial in Melbourne.

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We Saw It Before You

Photographs from the first year of Hillvale. An exhibition and book launch comprising 51 photographers from Melbourne and abroad.

Opening September 18 / 5pm ~ 9pm
Open 11am ~ 5pm / September 18 ~ 21

Tinning Street Presents
Lot 5, Tinning Street, Brunswick
Enter via Ilhan Lane

Drinks provided until they run out. We Saw It Before You.

With works from:
Adelina Onicas
Andrew Johnson
Anthony Robinson
Bec Capp
Ben Clement
Benjamin Lichtenstein
Caitlin Molloy
Charlie Brophy
Che Parker
Damien Melchiori
Ed Gorwell
Emma Perry
Genevieve Walshe
Henry Johnson
Hilary Sloane
Jack Harries
Jack Shelton
Jason Hamilton
Jay Dymock
Jayden Reynolds
Jessica Brent
Joel Bouchier
Kirrilee Bailey
Kresimir Saban
Kristina Arnott
Lloyd Stubber
Luke Byrne
Luke Van Aurich
Madeleine Burke
Matthew Stanton
Max D’orsogna
Maxwell Finch
Michael Danischewski
Michael Thomas
Mitch Pinney
Morgan Hickinbotham
Nadia Mizner
Nicholas Hawker
Nicholas Wilkins
Nusha Gurusinghe
Paul John Nelson
Red Stevenson
Ryan Cookson
Streety
Sam Wong
Sarah Pannell
Simon Aubor
Sophie Gearon
Timothy Hillier
Yasmin Nebenfuhr

The Contact Print

Stephen Tester is a fine art Photographer and printmaker. His engagement with film photography started at 9 years old when he made his first contact print. He has a passion for landscape photography and is attracted to photograph those places he connects to and engages with. Not only concerned with the physical objects seen through the camera, but the elusiveness of the moment, the light that falls, the breeze smell and the quiet sense of place; its soul.

His use of film, particularly with large format cameras, and hand coated papers provides the means to create unique, individual photographs unconstrained by proprietary processes. He is influenced by Paul Caponigro, Michael Kenna, Don Worth and Gordon Undy.

As a print maker Stephen utilises his photographic skills to produce works on paper printed from photogravure plates.

The subject matter often includes architecture and insights of places often overlooked by others. His prints are finely crafted and provide an atmospheric and evocative view of the subject that supports the intent of the original designer.

JACK MANNIX – PRECIOUS METALS

Precious Metals is a collection of new and recent photographs by 25-year old, Sydney-based artist, Jack Mannix. Known for his distinctive photographic style, shooting only on film and without the use of extra light sources, he creates an intimacy and energy that remains present in his photographs.

His gritty documentary-style images explore themes of isolation, addiction, sex and death, crossing the boundaries of both lo-fi and high-fashion photography. Documenting his personal life as well as a larger grand narrative, his images expose the preoccupations and interests of both the artist and his subjects, giving you a glimpse into the subtle vulnerabilities of a sex worker, a young couple in love and Sydney’s underground culture.

Mannix plays with constructions of identity and self, and teeters between realism and expanded ideas of the real. Notions of power and desire filter through a lens that captures the infinite spectrum of strength, beauty, brutality and fragility in contemporary life.

Curated by Sophie Kitson

The exhibition will feature an expanded selection of photographs complementing the works on display in a self-published artist book.

Precious Metals was developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curator’s Program with CCP for Next Wave Festival 2014.

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Night Pinhole Shoot

The Melbourne Silver Mine has been commissioned by the folks at White Night Melbourne to help document this year’s event via a series of long exposure photographs.

The idea behind the MSM’s Exposure project is to use long exposure and pinhole photography to produce a unique photographic record of the event.

I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this project. in a rare moment of artistic pre-planning and forethought Lea and I took our light meters, stop watches and handy dandy notebooks into the city on Saturday night to test gear and assess practicalities.

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Flinders Street Station from St Paul’s – 120 Second exposure

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