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29.07.2009

 

DownUnder : 3 summer exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Photography and 1 new fashion magazine

The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) proves that photography is increasingly popular in the much loved surfer country. The ACP is one of the leading hot spots when it comes to photo books and exhibitions. And with 35 years of exhibition experience under its belt, it is one of the continent’s most established contemporary art spaces.

Three exhibitions are currently on show, all of which deal with people and their surroundings. Edward Burtynsky, a renowned landscape photographer presents his Australian Minescapes series, which was commissioned for the FotoFreo 2008 Festival. The images were shot in the eastern goldfields and the Pilbara of Western Australia. Australian Minescapes documents natural landscapes, which have been subjected to extreme modification by mankind. 

"Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times." Edward Burtynsky

The second subject is similar to the first: Asbestos leaves a cruel legacy. Thousands of Australians die each year from diseases caused by inhaling asbestos. Once hailed as a 'wonder fibre', it is now the cause of many respiratory afflictions. ‘Breathe’ is a collection of portraits of women who have lost their husbands to asbestos-related diseases. Photographed by Christopher Ireland in their local environment, each image tells a story about how these women have looked for answers, struggled to cope and ultimately grieved their loss.

The third exhibition is in keeping with the sad plights of the many lives documented in the second. Francesca Rosa’s Interior Disaster presents a deserted, decomposing household approximately eleven months after Cyclone Larry destroyed it. With the studious intent of a forensic photographer, she takes inventory of the mouldy carpets and yellowing wallpaper, as if she were witness to an unknown crime.

The Queensland-based photographer grew up in Innisfail and witnessed first hand the devastation Larry caused. Interior Disaster forms part of a larger body of work, that focuses on the interface between people and their environments.

Find out more about the photographers, their exhibitions, which all close on 22 August, and the ACP on www.acp.org.au

Those that need a hit of glamour should look no further than the new CANVAS MAGAZINE from Down Under….


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THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Edward BURTYNSKY

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY : Francesca ROSA

CANVAS MAGAZINE

CANVAS MAGAZINE