WORLD PRESS PHOTO 15 Brisbane Poweerhouse

Jimage erome Sessini

Jimage erome Sessini

See the personal and the political explored by award-winning photojournalists from around the world.

The 58th annual World Press Photo exhibition profiles the globe’s top press photographers and showcases the world’s best press photos in categories ranging from news to nature and portraiture photography.

This year 5,692 photographers from 131 countries submitted 97,912 images across eight categories in the competition.

The prestigious World Press Photo of the Year was awarded to Mads Nissen of Scanpix/Panos Pictures. The image shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, experiencing an intimate yet dangerous moment in St. Petersburg, Russia – a place known for its firm anti-LGBTQ stance.

For LGBTQ communities in Russia, life is becoming increasingly difficult. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the world’s most compelling photographs.

You’re invited to view the exhibit at the Opening Night Celebrations on Fri 07 August at 6pm.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored by Canon.

TIMES           Mon   9am–5pm   Tue–Sun 9am–9pm

VENUE         Brisbane Powerhouse Foyers + Turbine Studio


EXHIBITION // Jerome Liebling: Brooklyn and Other Boroughs 1946 – 1996

Exhibition: April 24th – June 6th, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, April 24th, 6 – 8 PM 

Woman and Shopping Cart, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York, 1985 

Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to announce Jerome Liebling: Brooklyn and Other Boroughs, 1946 – 1996. This is the second exhibition of Liebling’s work at Steven Kasher Gallery. The show features 50 black and white and color photographs taken in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx over a five decade span. The exhibition highlights Liebling’s roots in, love for, and inspired representations of his home city.

Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) was born in Harlem and grew up poor in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. In 1942, Liebling quit his first semester at Brooklyn College to enlist in World War II, serving in the notoriously deadly glider infantry. The carnage he witnessed fueled his creative impulse to “figure out where the pain was..." Liebling returned to Brooklyn College in 1946 to study art under the G.I. Bill. Ad Reinhardt's Bauhaus-influenced design classes honed his formal sensibility; documentary photographer Walter Rosenblum opened his eyes to the power of the photographic image.

In 1947, Liebling joined the Photo League, a socially minded collective of photographers who fanned across New York to document hidden corners of the city. For Liebling, children surviving the rough-and-tumble city streets became a symbol of fortitude. "Their faces could inform all that they felt, from grace, to reflective questioning, to supreme prescience," he said. "Sometimes there was a hint of defeat, but more often there was improvisation and brilliance." One Easter morning in Harlem, Liebling encountered a young child dressed in his Sunday best: broken shoe-laces, tattered trousers, a threadbare tweed coat and cap.  Hands buried in his pockets, the boy spread his coat open wide, and the click of Liebling's shutter transformed him into Butterfly Boy. This image of a winged superhero who could soar away from his impoverished world has become a beloved icon, appearing on public posters and billboards in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Japan and elsewhere.

In 1949 Liebling accepted a position teaching photography and filmmaking at the University of Minnesota. Twenty years later, he returned to New York to discover that the city of his childhood had vanished. ''I came back, and it was a disaster," he said. Liebling's 1970s photographs of the crumbling South Bronx depict a bleak realization: theButterfly Boy may not have escaped to a better place after all. The young man in the picture Charlotte Street is trapped amidst ruins, in devastation as harrowing as Liebling's wartime experiences. Despite their imagery of senseless destruction, his photographs reveal the ever renewing spirit of humanity pushing up through the cracks.

In the late 1970s, Liebling rediscovered the long-lost Brooklyn of his childhood in the oceanside neighborhood known as "Little Odessa" in Brighton Beach. He spent three decades photographing there in brilliant chromogenic color as the old wave of Jewish denizens gave way to the new wave of Russian immigrants.

Liebling’s daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling, says “There was nothing as exciting as wandering the streets of Brooklyn with my father.  He found mystery and intrigue around every corner. The people on the streets – with their indefatigable energy and their human foibles – became larger-than-life through his lens. Human struggle took on mythical proportions; the perseverance and ingenuity of everyday people was heroic in his eyes.”

Jerome Liebling: Brooklyn and Other Boroughs, 1946 – 1996 will be on view April 24th – June 6th, 2015. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 515 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. For more information about the exhibition and all other general inquiries, please contact Cassandra Johnson, 212 966 3978,


LOCAL NEWS // Josh Keep and The North Exhibition

By Ian Poole 

Joshua Keep is opening his first solo exhibition, The North, the other half of England, here at Gallery Frenzyon Friday 6 March 2015.  Continuing a proud Foto Frenzytradition in this our twenty-third exhibition, Josh is one of many first time exhibitors.

Shot on a Mamiya 7 camera using 43mm and 80mm lenses, Josh has exposed Kodak Portra film in both 160 and 400ISO rolls.  The negatives were digitally scanned and printed by Andrew Merefield from Living Image Fine Art Printing Service.


EXHIBITION // Richard Avedon People National Portrait Gallery of Australia

Saturday 6 Dec 2014 to Sunday 15 Mar 2015

American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. Richard Avedon People explores his iconic portrait making practice, which was distinctive for its honesty, candour and frankness.

image Charmaine Miller

image Charmaine Miller

One of the world’s great photographers, Avedon is best known for transforming fashion photography from the late 1940s onwards. The full breadth of Avedon’s renowned work is revealed in this stunning exhibition of 80 black and white photographs dating from 1949 to 2002. Avedon’s instantly recognisable iconic portraits of artists, celebrities, and countercultural leaders feature alongside his less familiar portraiture works that capture ordinary New Yorkers going about their daily lives, and the people of America’s West. With uncompromising rawness and tenderness, Avedon’s photographs capture the character of individuals extraordinary in their uniqueness and united in their shared experience of humanity. 

Richard Avedon People pays close attention to the dynamic relationship between the photographer and his sitters and focuses on Avedon’s portraits across social strata, particularly his interest in counter-culture. At the core of his artistic work was a profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual in society. The exhibition reveals Avedon’s sensitivity of observation, empathy of identification and clear vision that characterise these portraits.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York, and The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Curated by Christopher Chapman

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EXHIBITION // Carlo Mollino’s Erotic Photography at Gagosian Gallery (2014)

By Dr. John Parras, for ASX, December 2014

Despite its mass popularity as, basically, a family toy, the Polaroid instant camera has acquired a considerable reputation in fine art photography since the camera’s launch in 1947. Artists such as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, and Lucas Samarras have all taken the Polaroid for artistic spins. More recently, the tactile, analog nature of the Polaroid instant shot has helped distinguish it as a species of Slow Art—artisanal, non-digital, nostalgic, retro—prompting the Impossible Project to step in to manufacture instant film when, in 2008, the Polaroid company announced it would cease production. Because instant photos have no negatives and are not easily reproduced, a Polaroid shot sports the badge of being a unique record of a given moment. Because the film develops in front of your eyes, it flaunts a flair for magic. And because the instant’s patina is imperfect—because it is not afraid to show its flaws—it feels downright human and personal.

The current show at Gagosian Gallery, “Carlo Mollino: Polaroids,” offers a peek into a relatively unknown trove of instants—a series of erotic portraits shot in the 1960s by Turinese architect and designer Carlo Mollino. Despite being a flamboyant playboy who got his kicks rocketing down ski slopes, stunt piloting and racing cars, Mollino kept these steamy photographs private until his death. If the show weren’t fantastic, it would be naughty. (No wonder there’s a heavy, faded-red curtain covering one of the gallery’s glass walls.) Yet there is undeniable beauty in the glossy, slightly metallic hues on view here. These are not the bold colors of today’s touch-screens, but rather the washed, brassy, chemical tones of the Past.


You can reads about our Book Review of Carlo Mollino's Polaroids here.

Exploring Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair

Some art and photography fairs aim to attract crowds through showing works of artists and photographers people know – others take pride in their capacity to showcase the unknown. Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair proudly falls within the latter. Taking place each September in Westergasfabriek – the cavernous gas cylinders that once fuelled the Dutch capital – Unseen is a showcase of new photography talent from around the world, counting over 120 photographers and 50 galleries from as many countries.


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