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Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Robert Billington

  RedWhiteBlue02475 Red White Blue02 Q: How long have you been taking pictures?A:  30 years Q: Do you remember your first photograph?A: My first photograph was taken in 1972. I was photographing still life on a coffee table to find out how the camera worked. At this stage I was also working in a book …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Drex Brooks

Peach-Tree-Utah-1997475 Peach Tree, Utah.Made with a found lens hand mounted on a Polaroid Pack film camera with type 665 Positive/Negative Film – the lens was cheap and it didn’t cover the whole film area. Q: How long have you been taking pictures?A:  Since 1973 or thereabouts. Q: Do you remember your first photograph?A: My dog …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Gary Steer

  Bills475 Bills, Bills and More Bills Q: How long have you been taking pictures? A: “How long taking pictures seriously?” you ask. It’s not serious business, it’s fun! I was a journalist who picked up a camera to do photojournalism. I did freelance work for newspapers and magazines, then I moved on to shooting …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: MAP group

According to its home page, the ‘Many Australian Photographers Group’, (the MAP Group), ‘is a non-profit association of around 40 photographers who share a passion and commitment to high quality, independent documentary image making.’ The membership is drawn from a wide spectrum of photographers. Some of the group are just setting out on their careers behind the lens, while others have established practices and have earned awards nationally and internationally.

A Russell In The Bushes

Few people have photographed Australia’s magnificent Kimberley region as intimately as former wildlife officer Russell Guø©ho.

Annals of my Glass House

Julia Margaret Cameron is an extraordinary figure. Her images, while clearly of the time, nevertheless have a mysteriously modern feel. Almost alone among photographers of the day, she seems to have somehow grasped the essence of the new medium. Again and again she managed to capture the ever elusive decisive moment. And she did so with what would now be regarded as an intolerably clumsy set of tools.

On Sitakunda’s Shore

‘At 4.30 or 5am there’s enough light to see what’s going on and not too many deep shadows,’ says photographer Andrew Bell, sweeping his hand across an imposing image that looks at first glance like some immense, ancient temple. A tiny figure emerges from a door and another stands high above, looking down from the edge of the monumental structure. They seem to be part of some sort of mysterious tableau.

All eyes and ears

Literally speaking, Kane Hibberd has a sound basis for breaking into the highly competitive field of rock music photography. ‘Until four years ago I was a sound engineer, recording bands in the studio and mixing live concerts, but I decided to get out because it wasn’t satisfying my creative urge,’ says the Melbourne-based 31-year-old. ‘I’d always had an interest in photography and thought that if I worked hard and was my own harshest critic, I might be able to make a go of it.

A Little Uneasy

Melbourne’s Morganna Magee is too busy documenting happenings on her doorstep to worry about global warnings that photojournalism is going out of fashion.