2012 CCP Lecture Series

Centre for Contemporary Photography presents an annual series of public lectures.

What makes a great photograph?—Wednesday 5 December 6pm
Unpicking the Constructed Photograph—Wednesday 24 October 6pm
Gregory Crewdson (US)—Wednesday 10 October 6pm
Anne Noble (NZ)—Wednesday 12 September 6pm
Sandra Barnard (NSW)—Wednesday 5 September 6pm
Kim Simon (CA)—Thursday 30 August 6pm

Richard Billingham (UK)—Thursday 23 August 6pm

Join the conversation on Twitter #CCPlectures

What makes a great photograph?
Eight Melbourne identities make the case for their favourite photograph
Wednesday 5 December 6pm

video View video of these talks here

What makes a great photograph?

Join CCP to reflect on the inscrutable and relevant question:

What makes a great photograph?

As part of the 2012 Kodak Salon, CCP presents an evening of confident and wildly divergent points of view on this topic.

Eight Melbourne identities make the case for their favourite photograph. They will have just seven minutes to convince us.

A photography editor, a couple of curators, designers, a creative director, writers and artists will reveal their passionate choices on the night!

Chaired by Naomi Cass, CCP Director.


Serena Bentley is an art writer and curator. She is also the Artistic Program Manager at Next Wave, an artist development organisation and biennial festival based in Melbourne.

Dr Marcus Bunyan, writer of the Art Blart blog and digital artist; thinking about ideas in the fields of philosophy, art and photography; working at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne; Art Blart.

Helen Frajman has, since 1993, represented some of Australia's most interesting photographic artists and is the publisher at M.33, Melbourne.

Natalie King is a curator and writer with a special interest in photography. She is the Director of Utopia@Asialink, University of Melbourne.

Tin & Ed are image makers. They work in a diverse range of media with a broad range of people.

Tom Mosby is a Torres Strait Islander and the CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc.

John Warwicker is Professor of Design at MADA (Monash Art Design & Architecture) and co-founder and still an active member of the UK based multi-disciplinary creative studio, Tomato.

Unpicking the Constructed Photograph: Artists Speak About Their Process
Siri Hayes, David Rosetzky, Darren Sylvester and Anne Zahalka
Wednesday 24 October 6pm

Darren Sylvester

What does it take to produce a constructed photograph? Is there a process of research? What is it like working with people, or on location, or both? What happens in the studio?

In conjunction with CCP's Gregory Crewdson exhibition, In a Lonely Place, four leading Australian artists give us a rare insight into the processes behind their photographs. Each will take us through the making of a work. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from the artists, who will speak about a photograph or series of their choice.

Siri Hayes
Siri Hayes works primarily with photography investigating place, multiple histories and associated ecological issues. More recently she has incorporated domestic crafts into her practice, resulting in a solo exhibition entitled All you knit is love, exhibited at CCP in 2012. In 2013, Heide Museum of Modern Art will present an exhibition of her work entitled Homespun coat. Hayes has exhibited extensively in Australia; and internationally in Japan, France, Finland and Poland. Her work is held in many important public and private collections throughout Australia and in private collections abroad.

David Rosetzky
David Rosetzky works predominantly in video, photography and installation. He is primarily interested in the ways in which relationships with others shape a sense of self and group belonging. He regularly collaborates on his video works with professionals from the dance and theatre disciplines. Rosetzky's work has been exhibited widely in Australia and overseas and has been acquired by many public and private collections both nationally and internationally. David Rosetzky is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Darren Sylvester
Darren Sylvester's multidisciplinary practice involves photography, sculpture, video and music. Usually involving a wide range of pop culture elements and narratives, mediums are given high-end production sheens or twists to be transformed into discussions on contemporary ennui, pathos and mortality that is direct, yet embedded with levels of complexity. Sylvester's work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is held in important public and private collections in Australia and abroad. Darren Sylvester is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney.

Anne Zahalka
Anne Zahalka is one of Australia's most highly regarded contemporary artists working with photography. She has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally for thirty years. Her works are held in most major public collections in Australia as well as numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. In 2007 CCP presented a major survey of Zahalka's work entitled Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987-2007, curated by Karra Rees and which toured Australia throughout 2008 and 2009. Anne Zahalka is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne.

Image: Darren Sylvester On Holiday 2011, courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

MP3 Download Unpicking the Constructed Photograph lecture recording MP3, 54MB

Gregory Crewdson
In a Lonely Place
Lecture by Gregory Crewdson
Wednesday 10 October 6pm

Gregory Crewdson

Coinciding with the exhibition In a Lonely Place at CCP, Gregory Crewdson will present a free lecture at the RMIT Capitol Theatre on 10 October 2012 at 6pm.

In a Lonely Place presents selections from three major series, Fireflies (1996), Beneath the Roses (2003 – 2008), Sanctuary (2010) and, presented for the first time, the video Field Notes (2009). The exhibition title comes from Nicholas Ray's 1950s film noir of the same name, one of many films that inspired Crewdson. In a Lonely Place is evocative of an underlying mood—a quiet feeling of alienation and loneliness that links the three series selected by curators Estelle Af Malmborg, Jens Erdman Rasmussen and Felix Hoffmann. In a Lonely Place presents the first comprehensive exhibition of Crewdson's work in Australia.

In a Lonely Place will be exhibited at CCP from 28 September—11 November 2012.

Image: © Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

MP3 Download Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place lecture recording MP3, 49.5MB

Anne Noble
Artist Talk
Wednesday 12 September 6pm

Anne Noble

Anne Noble's photographic project, Whiteout is positioned in inverse relation to the grand and heroic conventions of Antarctic representation. An extended series of photographs of changing light in flat white space proposes an aesthetic of fragility rather than grandeur and an experience of Antarctica relevant to contemporary rather than historical relationships to place.

In a discussion of her Antarctic projects Noble will reflect on how photography informs our relationships to place. In addition she will talk about her current role as Australia and New Zealand curator for the 2013 Photoquai Biennale and some of the challenges for contemporary documentary photography now.

Anne Noble is Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. She is one of New Zealand's most respected photographers. Her work is widely exhibited internationally in the United States, Spain, Germany, France and Australia and is held in numerous international collections. In 2003 she was awarded the Order of Merit for services to photography in New Zealand.

Image: Anne Noble, Siple Dome, Antarctica, 2008, courtesy Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

MP3 Download Anne Noble's lecture recording MP3, 46MB

Sandra Barnard
In conversation with Naomi Cass, CCP Director

Wednesday 5 September 6pm

Sandra Barnard

Fine art hand printer Sandra Barnard will speak about the relationship between a printer and the artist, in conversation with Naomi Cass, CCP Director.

Sandra Barnard has been a professional photographic printer for thirty years. About 15 years ago she began to encourage artists to become more involved in the production of their work. Her artists include Brook Andrew, Simryn Gill, Rosemary Laing, Janet Laurence and Jacky Redgate. Working mainly from film-based originals and printing optically in a darkroom in both colour and black and white, Barnard prints on a variety of different materials, often at large scale and sometimes crossing to digital for certain requirements.

Image: Jacky Redgate, Light Throw (Mirrors) #9, 2010-2011, courtesy the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

MP3 Download Sandra Barnard's lecture recording MP3, 52MB

Kim Simon
Curating Sticky Images in the context of TPW
Thursday 30 August 6pm

Kim Simon

Kim Simon will introduce Toronto's Gallery TPW and share a thread of her curatorial work investigating an ethics of showing and looking, in relation to the aesthetics of troubling images. Simon will discuss her exhibitions and discursive programs looking at work by Polish artist Artur Zmijewski, American documentary photographer Eric Gottesman, filmmaker Renzo Martens, and a group exhibition looking at the relation between difficult knowledge, narrative abstraction, affect and thought in works by Chanarin and Broomberg (UK), Jannicke Laker (Norway), Ken Gonzales-Day (US), John Moore (US) and Paolo Canevari (It).

Kim Simon is Curator of Gallery TPW in Toronto. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit venue for photographic practices, Gallery TPW is committed to a media-specific but now expanded mandate, addressing the vital role that images play in contemporary culture and exploring the exchange between photography and time-based media.

Kim Simon's visit to Australia is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts International Visitors Program, in association with Artspace, Sydney and Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania.

Image: Ken Gonzales-Day, Erased Lynching series, 2006, courtesy the artist

MP3 Download Kim Simon's lecture recording MP3, 40.4MB

Richard Billingham
Artist Talk
Thursday 23 August 6pm

Richard Billingham

UK artist Richard Billingham speaks about his photographic, film and video practice.

Richard Billingham graduated from Sunderland University, UK in 1994 with a degree in painting. In 1994, whilst still a student, some photographs he'd made originally as research for his paintings were included in the exhibition Who's Looking at the Family? at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. In 1997 he was the first recipient of the The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize) and his work was subsequently included in Sensation at the Royal Academy, London. Gradually he gave up painting to make photographs and to experiment with video and film. In 1998, BBC2 screened his film Fishtank and in 2001 he was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 2007-8, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne presented a survey exhibition of his photography and video work.

Image: Richard Billingham, Untitled, 1995, copyright of the artist, courtesy of Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

MP3 Download Richard Billingham's lecture recording MP3, 46.4MB


Image: CCP Supporter logos