Don McCullin – The Impossible Peace: From War Photographs to Landscapes, 1958 – 2011

September 26th, 2014

Reportage is proud to present the incredible retrospective of  acclaimed photographer Don McCullin, A Contact Press Images Touring Exhibition produced in association with the State Library of New South Wales, set to open to the public tomorrow September 27, 2014.

Don’t forget to attend the floor talk by Curator of the exhibition and co-founder of Contact Press Images, Robert Pledge.

Saturday September 27

14.00 – 15.00

Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Building

State Library of NSW

A very special keynote lecture where Pledge will discuss Don McCullin’s fascinating body of work and his internationally recognised exhibition.

$15/ $10 (Friends/ Concession)

Tickets are available via the events page:

Don McCullin Exhibition Floor Talk Event with Curator Robert Pledge


Homeless Irishman, East End, London, Great Britain, 1969 copyright Don McCullin/Contact Press Images

Homeless Irishman, East End, London, Great Britain, 1969 copyright Don McCullin/Contact Press Images

Australian Centre for Photography 2014 Spring Season in Partnership with Reportage

August 27th, 2014
Vredepark, Johannesburg from 'Between Darkness & Light: Selected Works From South Africa 1994-2011© Jodi Bieber

Vredepark, Johannesburg from ‘Between Darkness & Light: Selected Works From South Africa 1994-2011© Jodi Bieber

As mentioned earlier this year Reportage is teaming up with two of our key partner venues, to bring you some inspiring and phenomenal exhibitions in 2014 for our Reportage Projects leading up to the next Festival in 2015.

We are happy to announce that Reportage is partnering with the Australian Centre for Photography this Spring to bring you an incredible exhibition season at the centre.

Launching August 29, 2014 at the Australian Centre for Photography are three ground breaking and courageous shows highlighting humanity’s paradoxes and social injustice through the poppy trails of Afghanistan heroin production and distribution to the shattering glimpses of South Africa’s transition post Apartheid, into the very private world’s of fallen American soldiers of war.

We are proud to present together with the ACP the following exhibitions:



Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong – Poppy – Trails of Afghan Heroin


Jodi Bieber – Between Darkness & Light: Selected works from South Africa 1994-2011


Ashley Gilbertson – Bedrooms of the Fallen


For more information and full program details visit the site of the Australian Centre for Photography


Opening night takes place on Friday 29 August, 6-8pm and will coincide with the launch of Reportage Projects in 2014. International guests Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong, and Reportage Director Stephen Dupont together with the ACP and Reportage Teams will be present for this celebration of documentary photography.

Entry is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided, to attend please RSVP HERE.

The ACP’s Spring Season is officially open to the public on 30 August with a free public talk In Conversation: Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong from 2-4pm.



We have an incredible retrospective exhibition opening later at the State Library of NSW in September featuring the work of legendary photographer Don McCullin.

More information soon!


See you all at the exhibitions for a Spring celebration and thank you for your continued support!


Vredepark, Johannesburg from ‘Between Darkness & Light: Selected Works From South Africa 1994-2011© Jodi Bieber


Reportage 2014 – Updates

May 14th, 2014

Many of you may be curious as to what’s happening in 2014 for the Reportage Festival as it’s been some time since we have posted updates, there have been long discussions and serious deliberation about the upcoming activities of Reportage and the Festival in the forthcoming future.

It’s almost exactly a year since the 2013 Reportage Festival kicked off, a year that saw Reportage expand like never before, showcasing and hosting a selection of the very best documentary photographers emerging and established from Australia and abroad; a number of which never before seen on Australian soil.

As many of you will know 2013 also presented challenges for Reportage when the Festival’s alignment with Vivid Sydney brought about undue censorship of renowned documentary narratives produced from some of the most important visual story tellers of our time and the withdrawal of important work by Vivid organisers, specifically the CEO of Destination NSW a tourism body and arm of the NSW State Governement.
The censorship issue led to a final and unexpected exhibition for 2013 ‘Reportage: Censored’ which highlighted and gave a space for public viewing of the imagery pulled from the Reportage Projections on the Vivid Light walk. The exhibition aimed to generate a discussion asking the Australian people what they felt should or should not be  seen in the public domain and within our nationally organised cultural events.

The success of this event and the amount of support shown for the importance of the documentary photography genre in our cultural domain was more than we could have asked for and gave due respect to the works exhibited and the photographers who have dedicated so much to see their stories have a platform.

In 2013 we decided that the Reportage Festival would no longer align itself with the larger Vivid Sydney and that it would remain a stand alone event, as in the past.

This decision ultimately saw a loss of major funding for the Festival but regardless of this, the strength of the support that Reportage gained nationally and internationally was immense.
Unfortunately due to the lack of monetary funding available, the Reportage Team has needed to make the decision to keep the Festival a bi-annual event, ensuring that the funds available will exist to give a wider range of support to the community every two years and create an event that proves to be stronger with the passing of every year. The next major Reportage Festival is set to launch in late 2015!

However… before we lose your attention!
This does not mean that the Festival’s activities will lay dormant in the years between!
To keep Reportage activities strong we have decided to launch Reportage spin-off events in between Festivals, creating strong collaborations with major partner venues to present to NSW and Australia some of the best documentary photography exhibitions yet seen in this country.

We are happy to announce that Reportage will be involved in four major exhibitions in the coming spring at the State Library of NSW and the Australian Centre for Photography.

More details will be released soon but just to get the senses tingling we excitingly announce that in 2014 Reportage will present in co-ordination with the State Library of NSW the acclaimed retrospective exhibition of renowned photographer Don McCullin.

Don McCullin ‘The Impossible Peace: From War Photographs to Landscapes, 1958 -2011’ a Contact Press Touring Exhibition will launch at the State Library from September 26 to October 26, 2014!

Stay tuned for details of the upcoming exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Photography.

Although visitors will need to wait a year for a full program of Reportage Festival events we can promise you some great shows in between and given an extra year hold your breath for what is in store in 2015.

Enjoy the Winter folks and keep posted for more information for what’s happening in the Spring and thank you all for your continued support for Reportage, the Festival, the highlighted photographers and above all for the important stories waiting to be seen.

See you in the Spring…

– The Reportage Team


Reportage Festival and Photographer Raphaela Rosella to be Featured at this year’s Noorderlicht Festival – September 1 to October 13, 2013

August 20th, 2013

Reportage Festival is proud to announce that it has been invited by  Noorderlicht to be one of twenty international photographic institutions to present the work of an emerging photographer at the upcoming Festival in September; celebrating the twentieth edition of the Photo Festival in The Netherlands.

The exhibition 20|20 titled so references the 20th anniversary of the Festival but also ‘ ‘20|20 vision’, the sharp gaze on the world that Noorderlicht and the other twenty institutions strive for.’

Oculi photographer Raphaela Rosella featured in this year’s Festival has been selected to represent Australia and Reportage as emerging talent at Noorderlicht with her work ‘We Met a Little Early but I Get to Love you Longer’

All Noorderlicht exhibitions will be held at a new venue just outside the city centre of Groningen: the old Sugar Factory.
More highlights to come in the following weeks but if you are in The Netherlands at this time it is definitely an event worth attending.

1 Sep – 13 Oct 2013


A world of photography 

 ‘Noorderlicht is an internationally oriented institute for photography that provides a podium for talented photographers from all corners of the earth. That was demonstrated in the much-praised festivals focusing on photography from the Arab world and Africa, among other events. To celebrate the twentieth edition, Noorderlicht asked twenty institutions from all around the world to make a presentation for themselves in 20|20. Those selected are all institutions to which Noorderlicht feels akin, because they, like Noorderlicht, make their own exhibitions and work in a narrative manner. Each institution is presenting the work of one photographer who is still unknown outside his or her own country, who exemplifies photographic developments in that region. The title refers not only to the 20th anniversary, but also to ‘20|20 vision’, the sharp gaze on the world that Noorderlicht and the other twenty institutions strive for.’


© Raphaela Rosella/ Oculi from ‘We Met a Little Early but I Get to Love you Longer’

Rennie Ellis ‘Decade’ Book Launch – Saturday September 7, 2013, 2 to 5pm

August 19th, 2013

The long awaited book ‘Decade (1970-1980)’ featuring the work of Australian photographer Rennie Ellis is set to launch in Sydney Saturday September 7 at the Australian Centre for Photography in Paddington from 2 to 5pm.

The launch will be opened by media personality Deborah Thomas with guest speakers Paul Cox and Reportage Festival Director Stephen Dupont.

Thanks to the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive for putting together this book highlighting ten years of work by one of Australia’s important documentary photographers.

Rennie Ellis’ work was a featured part of the 2013 Reportage Festival Projections.

‘Without my photography life would be boring. Photography adds an extra dimension to my life. Somehow it confirms my place in the world’

– Rennie Ellis

Reportage ‘On the Road’

August 18th, 2013

Reportage Festival is on the road… right now we are in Egypt, China and Italy simultaneously with many miles to cross in the preparation and formation of next year’s Festival.

Already lots in the woodwork for next year including a date change that will bring the Festival back into the warmer months… And retain its independece…

We’ll be reaching out to the broader community while we are journeying… Anyone wanting to get in touch with us shoot us a mail

The base is secure back in Sydney and we look forward to bringing new concepts to fruition in the coming year…

‘Reportage Censored’ Extended Thanks and Conclusion for the Coming Days…

June 30th, 2013

Well Reportage Censored officially opened yesterday with some great talks by MP Amanda Fazio, Mike Bowers, David Maurice Smith and Festival Director Stephen Dupont

Now is the time for extended thanks and an update as to the conclusion of the Exhibition in the coming days…


Ed Giles, Reportage’s Projections Editor is back into gear after the Festival, home in Cairo and covering the events unfolding…

Big thank you to Ed for all his work this year at the Festival and he was missed yesterday at the opening of  Reportage Censored that he co-curated together with Assistant Director Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario.

Ed was one of the driving forces to get the projections seen by the public and the images out on the street!
He was also one of the photographers affected by the censorship of the projections.

Reportage extends special thanks to…

Anna Sinclair, Mike Bowers, Michael Corridore, Hannah Rose Robinson, Damian Garbenis, Holly High, Jessie DiBlasi, Jeremy Amann, Photoville, Canon, Sam Barzilay, Laura Roumanos, Russell Frederick, Nathalie Swainston, Iona Uzell, Noorderlicht’s ‘Cruel and Unusual’ curated by Hester Keijser and Pete Brook, Bruce Gilden and Magnum, Sydney Posters, Coda Audio, all the participating photographers, Reportage
supporters and all the Reportage Censored volunteers.

And to all the speakers that came out yesterday…

David Maurice Smith, MP Amanda Fazio, Mike Bowers and Festival Director Stephen Dupont.

At the end of the installation we will be posting online, the feedback we have received from the public over the course of the Reportage Censored Exhibition. This information will be compiled and forwarded to Destination NSW and the Minister for Tourism.

Whether they choose to consider the information forwarded to them is beyond our control, but we have information stating that people ARE interested to take an active decision into what they want to see in Sydney Cultural events in the future.

We can only hope that this will continue in the coming years as both the local and State government have made a five year agreement and investment in Sydney’s cultural activity:
If you haven’t been down yet come and check out Reportage Censored before it comes down on July 3, it is open from 10am to 7pm daily and will close late afternoon on Wednesday July 3.

Thanks for all your support!


Photo: © Ed Giles

Family members of Ahmed Abdul Khalim, 24, a demonstrator killed in violent clashes with Egyptian security forces in previous days, cry as the coffin of Khalim is carried by on March 8, 2013, in Port Said, Egypt.’



VICE Magazine Feature and Interview on ‘Reportage Censored’ by Hannah Brooks

June 29th, 2013

Vice Magazine Feature and Interview on the current Reportage Censored Exhibition in Hyde Park and the censorship that occurred this year by Destination NSW/ ViVID for the 2013 Reportage Festival Projections.

Read the whole article here.


Reportage Censored Exhibition Opening Conversation – *Tomorrow On Site* Saturday June 29, 3pm, Hyde Park Sydney

June 28th, 2013

Join us tomorrow Saturday June 29 at 3pm in Hyde Park Sydney ‘rain or shine’ for the opening conversation of ‘Reportage Censored’ 

Speakers include:
Director of Photography at The Global Mail Mike Bowers, Oculi photographer David Maurice Smith, Reportage Festival Director Stephen Dupont and MP Amanda Fazio who bought the issue to the attention of the NSW Parliament.

Hope to see you there!

Reportage Censored and censorship of documentary images discussed on ‘The Project’ last night on Channel 10

June 27th, 2013

Last night in Australia in between a lengthened episode dedicated to the Labour Party Leadership Ballot…  Channel Ten’s ‘The Project’ brought into discussion the ‘Reportage Censored’ Exhibition in Hyde Park, censored images were highlighted and there was a brief discussion as to whether these images should or should not be shown in public.

Two out of the three presenters said that there was nothing wrong with showing the images in a public space and implied that it was our duty to explain to our children these stories and what is going on in the world. They also commented on the fact that children see more offensive imagery in children’s programs and films, whilst are also subjected to explicit advertising imagery whilst passing through the city on a regular basis. One said that he agreed but would prefer them to be in a private space.

Oculi Photographer David Maurice Smith whose images and film from the rural Aboriginal community of Wilcannia, NSW ‘Living in the Shadows’ was banned, was interviewed on site for the program.

The episode of ‘The Project’ can be viewed here.

The Reportage Censored discussion is at 46.48 minutes of the program