2013 CCP Lecture Series

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

Wendy Ewald (US)—Thursday 17 October 6pm
Brett Rogers (UK)—Thursday 29 August 6pm

How to Feel: The Promise of Emotion
2013 seminar series presented in association with the exhibition True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works
Music and Sound—Wednesday 21 August 6pm
In Public Space—Wednesday 14 August 6pm
The Face—Wednesday 7 August 6pm

Around Photography: An Artists' Forum—Wednesday 8 May 6pm
Robert Rooney: A Night of Talks—Wednesday 24 April 6pm

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Wendy Ewald (US)
Everybody is an Artist: Photography and Selfhood in the Work of Wendy Ewald

Wendy Ewald

Thursday 17 October, 6pm
Wendy Ewald in conversation with Louise Neri (Melbourne Festival Creative Associate Visual Arts).

Image: Emma lives in the Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in Israel near the Lebanon border
(frame from a ketubah (jewish marriage contract) made by nurit)

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Brett Rogers
Director, The Photographers' Gallery London

Do we need photography-specific galleries in the 21st century?
Creating the new Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery London

Thursday 29 August, 6pm

RMIT University Swanston Academic Building
Building 80, Level 2, Room 7
445 Swanston Street
(RMIT University Tram Stop on Swanston Street)

Free entry—bookings essential
Book here

Brett Rogers joined The Photographers' Gallery as Director in 2006. Prior to this she worked in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council where she held the joint roles of Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions. Rogers has thirty years of experience promoting photography and visual arts both in the UK and in Australia, where she worked as Exhibitions Manager at the Australian Gallery Directors' Council from 1976 to 1979. In 1980 Rogers moved to the UK to complete an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Rogers' experience in curating photography exhibitions began in Australia, where she was responsible for supporting original research into neglected areas of Australian women photographers, as well as touring photographic shows from abroad. During her career at the British Council in London, Rogers' successfully increased the profile and activity of British photography abroad with shows by such figures as Julia Margaret Cameron, Madame Yevonde and Martin Parr. Rogers was also responsible for initiating a series of important group shows including Documentary Dilemmas: British Documentary Photography in the Nineties, Look at me: Fashion and Photography in Britain 1960-1997, Reality Check - British Photography and New Media 2002-2004, and Common Ground, Aspects of contemporary Muslim experience 2002-2005.

As the UK's primary venue for photography since 1971, The Photographers' Gallery has been instrumental in establishing photography's important role in culture and society. It has provided a vital focus for the medium in the heart of London and was the first public gallery in the country to exhibit key names in international photography, such as Juergen Teller (fashion), Robert Capa (photojournalism), Sebastião Salgado (documentary) and Taryn Simon (contemporary art). Since being appointed Director of the Photographers' Gallery, Rogers has overseen the Gallery's move to a former warehouse in W1 and a major redevelopment of the new premises. The refurbished building reopened in 2012 with three floors of galleries, education, retail and café facilities.

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Brett Rogers' is visiting Australia to participate in the Making Change exhibition and public programs at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of New South Wales. Her visit has been made possible through cooperation between Galleries UNSW at COFA and the Australian Centre for Photography, with support from the Australia Council for the Arts through the International Visitors Program.


Image: The Photographers' Gallery at 16-18 Ramillies Street, 2012
© Kate Elliott Courtesy of The Photographers' Gallery

How to Feel: The Promise of Emotion

2013 seminar series presented in association with the exhibition True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works

True Self: David Rosetzky 1998-2013

2013 Seminar Series
How to Feel: The Promise of Emotion

A collaboration between CCP and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne
Entry by gold coin donation

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The Face
Wednesday 7th August 6pm

Dr Tom Whelan, Professor Stephanie Trigg and Dr Christopher Chapman

In Public Space
Wednesday 14th August 6pm

Jeff Khan, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis and Catherine Czerw

Music and Sound
Wednesday 21st August 6pm

Dr Sandra Garrido, Robin Fox and Elena Kats-Chernin

A Centre for Contemporary Photography and NETS Victoria touring exhibition.

Exhibition Partner
Exhition Partner
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Philanthropic Partner
Philanthropic Partner

Education and Public Program Partner
Philanthropic Partner


Project Collaborators
Project Collaborators

David Rosetzky How to feel 2011 (still), The ACCA Commission 2011. Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Around Photography: An Artists' Forum

Jo Scicluna

Christo Crocker, Danica Chapell, Geoff Robinson, Kiron Robinson and Jo Scicluna
Wednesday 8 May 6—8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography

In the realm of the 'post medium condition', how does a distinctly photographic sensibility transcend the photographic image and inform other material, sculptural and spatial outcomes? As the ultimate social medium photography has acquired an immediate and accessible omnipresence and has become embedded in our collective consciousness as a 'filter' for seeing and thinking. How, then, do photographic artists take this contemporary reality into their individual practice? When put into practice, is it possible for photographic ways of seeing and thinking to transcend the medium altogether?

In conjunction with Jo Scicluna's solo exhibition, When Our Horizons Meet, 'Around Photography: An Artists' Forum' was initiated by Scicluna as a means to address and reinforce notions, methods and outcomes informing her new body of work exhibited at CCP.

Established as a community resource, Around Photography will be presented by artists for artists, as an expansive departure point for further dialogue. The panel of artists will discuss individual definitions of core photographic terms in light of their respective practices and the processes and outcomes that, as spatial and material transgressions, they extend beyond the medium. It is hoped that throughout this process that they will discover common (and contentious) trajectories of deviation from their photographic base.

The focus of this dialogue-driven forum is practical and conceptual. Throughout their discussion each artist will weave through the following themes: the role of the photograph as a sculptural, material object; the inherent 'psychology' of the photograph; the relationship between representation and abstraction in photography; the evolving nature of the photographic index; and the role of, and attitude toward, the photographic document.

Put simply, 'Around Photography' aims to extend upon the definition and parameters of photographic practice.

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Robert Rooney: A Night of Talks

Robert Rooney

Wednesday 24 April 6—8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Box Brownie years 1956—58.

Artist Philip Brophy, writer and curator David Homewood and Martyn Jolly, Head of Photography and Media Arts, ANU School of Art, speak on and around the work of Robert Rooney.

Children and adolescents are often seen as ragged kid-flaneurs, re-mapping familiar urban or suburban spaces. Using a diverse range of historical Australian sources, Martin Jolly will explore these secret, under the adult radar, territories and trajectories.
— Martyn Jolly is Head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art. He is an artist and writer. His book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography came out in 2006.

David Homewood's talk will discuss the negation of artistic intention in Rooney's work from the late 1960s and early 1970s. It will focus in particular on the serialised depiction of the commonplace in several of his photographic works.
— David Homewood is a writer and curator who lives in Melbourne.

Philip Brophy will discuss how Robert Rooney's painting draws upon a conceptual understanding of the figurative and iconic, and how that legacy relates to current modalities of painting-as-thinking-about-painting.
— Philip Brophy writes on painting among other things.

A discussion will follow, lead by the exhibition curators, Maggie Finch and Patrick Pound.


Image: Robert Rooney Children, Hawthorn East 1 1958, courtesy the artist, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

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