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Franziska Klose’s Detroit

In 2010, I had a meeting at the US consulate here in Melbourne. I was pursuing the possibility of studying abroad in the US and, when discussing options, the University of Michigan came up. I said ‘well I can’t picture Ann Arbour, but I know a bit about Detroit’. Looking at me with an award […]

Emma Phillips – Send Me a Lullaby

Commissioned as part of Melbourne’s inaugural PHOTO2021 festival, Emma Phillips’ Send Me A Lullaby examines the city of Melbourne in a way that challenges the idea of a city with the reality of change. While we may be used to photographs of steel-and-glass icons, sunset skylines and clear blue skies, Phillips’ work steps five kilometres away […]

Tom Goldner – Do Brumbies Dream in Red?

When Tom Goldner chose to produce a work examining ecological destruction through the subjects of fire and horses, he chose subjects that remain intrinsically connected to the history of humankind. While vastly different in nature, where they are similar is that Australia is having to reckon with each in profoundly new and difficult ways. Brumbies […]

Vincent Delbrouck – Dzogchen

Vincent Delbrouck’s photobook Dzogchen doesn’t take its cues from photography itself. He appears not to be interested in replicating the obsession that many photographers have with the surface, of the exposure or the composition, and instead approaches the image with a much more robust utilitarianism. The result is work that takes a very pragmatic and […]

Deep Time – Lynn Alleva Lilley

Photography has an inevitable relationship to time. All images, consciously or not, end up being about time and reflecting the era they were made. The making of photographs, especially within the context of project-based practice, concerns time on another scale, often seeing a photographer engage in cyclical repetition, rework and rediscovery of a place, subject […]

Shinya Arimoto – Tibet

One of the reasons Shinya Arimoto’s Tibet rings so true for me is that the work was begun from a point of self-critique. Towards the end of the book, Arimoto recounts that he was once a twenty-something, backpacking in India, travelling fast and shooting freely. When his undeveloped film was stolen, he fell into a […]