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Reportage Censored Featured in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

‘Reportage Censored’ Exhibition featured in The Australian and The Daily Telegraph today…

Reportage asks the public, does you find this image suitable for public viewing?

In respect to the article and comments made by Sandra Chipchase CEO of Destination NSW

“All the images could be seen at various locations during Vivid, including Customs House, Ten by Eight Gallery and the Cleland Bond Building in The Rocks.”

This statement is false. Whilst some of the projection images of Raul Canibano Ercilla were on display in his exhibition at Customs House, none of the other images were on exhibition anywhere else during Vivid. 10×8 Gallery had other exhibitions not directly related to the Reportage Projections and Cleland Bond had a collective exhibition called ‘Home’ that also came under scrutiny due to two images containing slight nudity although it was a printed exhibition indoors.

Our purpose is to let these projections be seen, images and stories that were not seen elsewhere except on one evening at Customs House. An evening that Reportage had previously organised to screen a selection of the projections that had more explicit content.

When David Burnett’s show ‘The Presidents’ opened at The Australian Centre for Photography the ‘uncensored’ projections were placed in their foyer on a small screen with continuos playback as a show of support for the photographers and their work and they will remain there until the show finishes.

You can read the article on The Australian here.

* Please note the image of Andrew Quilty’s ‘The view towards Melbourne from a ridge near Kingslake, 2009’ has been cropped in the article for some reason and is actually a panorama landscape.

 Photo: Simona Ghizzoni/ Contrasto

Two years after the Israeli operation “Cast Lead” (2008-2009) the Gaza Strip was still living in a limbo, worsened by the closure of the borders and the following severe economical crisis along with the complete isolation of the population.

The ongoing condition of extreme instability is leading to an increase of psychological and physical affections. In this environment women and children are often paying the highest price: they cannot overcome the violence they experienced or saw in the war, perpetuated by the long-term conflict that still takes a heavy toll on the population.

When I met Jamila, she was 40. During the war she moved with her family to the nearest UNRWA School, a place supposed to be protected from the bombings. She was injured by a small rocket that hit her legs while on her way back home to get some baby-diapers she forgot when she fled.

She’s now permanently disabled and in need for constant treatment. When she talked to me, Jamila appeared totally overwhelmed by the idea of ‘not being a good mother’, because she was not self-efficient anymore.

Beit Lahyia. Gaza Strip. March 27, 2011


Call out for Volunteers ‘Reportage Censored’

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

We need extra hands down on site this week and the next for the ‘Reportage Censored’ Installation down at Hyde Park opening tomorrow.
Bodies willing to show their support by discussing the issue with the public and being able to explain the contents of the containers to interested passer-bys.

The more the better, we need your presence!

Please get in contact with us at if you feel this is an important discussion to have and you feel you can support us with some of your time from May 24 to July 3, 2013

Dedicated volunteers will receive a copy of Take 3 – The Reportage edition of the magazine and lots of love!

We’re waiting to hear from you!


Reportage Censored – June 24 – July 3, 2013

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Reportage Censored

The Reportage Team is proud to announce Reportage Censored, an exhibition and discussion that we have been planning and can finally bring to you thanks to the support of our photographers, friends, family and a couple of generous benefactors.

Reportage Censored brings to the NSW public the entire uncut selection of documentary stories that were set to feature at Reportage this year on the VIVID Sydney ‘Light Walk’, before the majority were excluded by Destination NSW on the grounds the images were too distressing or offensive for public viewing.

These outdoor projections included some of the world’s best documentary photography from some of the most acclaimed photographers today.

The full uncensored works of the 2013 Reportage Projections will be made available to the public, as well as printed poster images of a selection of the censored works in three shipping containers in Hyde Park, a highly-trafficked public space. Under each image will be the question ‘Do you find this image suitable for public viewing?’.

These containers were originally used for the Photoville exhibition at the 2013 Reportage Festival and housed installations concentrating on human rights issues and social justice. The ‘Reportage Censored’ exhibition was inspired by this installation and forges the way for these spaces to engage the public in important human, social and political issues, as well as becoming symbols of freedom of speech.

Reportage presents these works in an open space, as a way of allowing you, the public, to make your own decision and bring to the fore a discussion about what is, or is not, appropriate for your own viewing. We believe it is important for Destination NSW, a statutory authority responsible for some of NSW’s signature cultural events, to hear your feedback. We also want to hear your opinions.

Reportage hopes that this exhibition will create an interesting and progressive discussion about what is seen in the public sphere, the role of photography and the Arts in the community and also broader freedom of expression issues.

Rain or shine Reportage Censored will be open from Monday, June 24 from 10am to 7pm and will run daily until Wednesday, July 3 in Hyde Park Sydney.

Please join us for the official opening of Reportage Censored and a discussion regarding the issues at hand next Saturday, June 29 at 3pm in Hyde Park on site.

Show your support, spread the word and hope to see you this week and especially next Saturday!


‘Ishinomaki, Japan.
Hikari Oyama, 8, plays with bubbles, after she and her grandmother payed their respects at the memorial to victims of the last year’s tsunami at the Okawa Elementary School, where 74 children were killed and 4 are still missing, on March 11, 2012 near Ishinomaki, Japan.’

Photo: Daniel Berehulak /Getty


Reportage Censored

Hyde Park Sydney, Central Avenue near the Archibald Fountain

June 24 – July 3, 2013

Official Opening and Discussion : 
Saturday, June 29 at 3pm

Yuri Kozyrev ‘On Revolution Road’ Currently Exhibiting at Ambush Gallery Waterloo

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

‘When we speak from our living rooms about war, about riots, about terror, we look for indicators of right and wrong. We plainly classify heroes and villains, speak of crises as though they all look the same, and refer to The Middle East as a maelstrom of interchangeable cultures and ideologies.

While the components of these faraway conflicts are similar – martyrs and mourners, rebellion and righteousness – the context of each country’s revolution is singular in both motivation and approach. 

During photographer Yuri Kozyrev’s travels throughout North Africa and the Middle East, he identified with these differences, and considered that perhaps each revolution deserves its own narrative.

On Revolution Road tells these stories.’


Those of you who haven’t seen the Yuri Kozyrev Exhibition on at Ambush Gallery right now should get on down here to see it.

Viewing times from June 6 – 13 from 12pm to 4pm

What’s more Ambush Gallery will play host to the official 2013 Reportage Festival Closing party next Thursday June 13 from 6-9pm where you can join the Reportage Team and participating photographers for drinks and celebration…

Check it out and see you thursday!


When: June 6 to June 13, 2013 – 12pm to 4pm

Where: Ambush Gallery, 4A James Street Waterloo

Official 2013 Reportage Festival Closing Party: June 13, 6pm-9pm

*Tonight* Program Addition Gary Ramage and Vlad Sokhin Work Presentations *Free Entry* from 8pm, Barnet Long Room, Customs House Sydney

Friday, June 7th, 2013

As an addition to the current program, originally planned tonight at Customs House to show more of the Censored Reportage Projections, Reportage is proud to announce two presentations exclusively for the 2013 Reportage Festival by photographers Gary Ramage and Vlad Sokhin.

Entry is free and the talks kick off from 8pm in the Barnet Long Room, Level 1 of Customs House.

Best Mates-United States Marine, 20-year-old Lance Corporal Brandon Tucker huddles up to his explosive detection dog  “Auggie” to keep warm during the night. © Garry Ramage


Gary Ramage is one of Australia’s leading photographers, with more than 22 years experience in the industry. He’s currently the Chief Photographer for the News Limited Group, covering Australian federal politics.

Walne was accused of using sorcery to kill a young boy and hunted by her husband’s family. Narrowly escaping public execution, she is currently in hiding.  © Vlad Sokhin
Vlad Sokhin is a Sydney based Russian/Portuguese documentary photographer. In his work he covers social, environmental and cultural issues around the world, including post-conflict and natural disaster zones.
Vlad’s work has been exhibited and screened in the United States, Russia, Portugal, Georgia, and Turkey, including VII Agency gallery in New York and the Visa Pour L’Image photo-festival in Perpignan. He has received various awards and his work has been published in international newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic, GEO, International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire, Das Magazin and others. Vlad is represented by German photo-agency “Agentur Focus”  and Russian “Grinberg Agency”. He also collaborates with the United Nations Human Rights organization (OHCHR).
Witch hunt in Papua New Guinea
 Sorcery-related-violence is widespread in Papua New Guinea. In the Highlands Region of PNG witch-hunts occur almost in every province. Locals believe in black magic, often accusing random women of causing the death of someone from the village.
Amnesty International reports that the traditional belief in sorcery was responsible for at least 50 murders in 2008 alone, and many more are thought to have gone unreported. Although men can also fall victim to these accusations, it is 6 times more likely for women. When those ‘sanguma’ (witches) people being tortured, locals cut their bodies with machetes and axes, burning them with hot iron bars, forcing to admit that they were involved in witchcraft. If the victims survive, they would be expelled from the community permanently. Despite this widespread violence, the PNG Government does not have a program to help victims of sorcery-related violence nor provides any shelter for those women and men. It is very rare such cases are brought to court and sometimes even police are involved in witch hunt, supporting the perpetrators, not the victims.

Arien Chang Castan ‘A Traves de mis Ojos (Through My Eyes)

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The Reportage Team is proud to announce another featured exhibition of the 2013 Reportage Festival

A Traves de Mis Ojos (Through My Eyes)’ A young photographer’s perspective of Cuba…

Arien Chang Castan’s ‘A Traves de mis Ojos’ (Through my Eyes) is the window into a changing Cuba viewed from the perspective of one of its most prominent emerging documentary photographers.

In 2003, Arien Chang Castan began to work as a documentary photographer. For seven years he worked primarily with black and white film. In the beginning, his work dealt with diverse themes such as urban landscapes, portraits, and various aspects of Cuban life. Yet all of this is a prologue to his current work.

Inspired by the work of Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, Bruce Davidson, and Eugene Smith, Arien has developed a series that, in a certain way, reveals an alternate reality within the changing Cuban society. Arien’s work focuses especially in areas within Cuban society that are generally ignored in Cuban documentary photography. Themes like the rodeo, gay culture, and bodybuilding are reflected in his work, always portrayed with an artistic, conceptual vision that enriches the image.

The exhibition will be on at Pixel Perfect’s X88 Gallery from May 28 to June 8, 2013

Opening night with the artist will be Wednesday May 29, contact Pixel Perfect for more info and to RSVP

Where: X88 Gallery

88 Abercrombie Street


When:  May 28 to June 8, 2013 

Opening night: Wednesday May 29, 2013

© Arien Chang Castan from his work in Cuba ‘Serie Parrandas, 2011′



Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb ‘Violet Isle: Two Visions of Cuba’

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The Reportage Team is happy to announce that Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb will be opening an inaugural exhibition of their work from Cuba in Australia. The exhibition, a selection of images from their book ‘Violet Isle’ will be on show for the first time in Australia as a part of the 2013 Reportage Festival at 10×8 Gallery, also the venue for the upcoming ‘Finding Your Vision’ workshop presented by Reportage.


                           ©Alex Webb, “Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, 1993” from Violet Isle (with Rebecca Norris Webb)


‘This book began as two separate projects: Alex’s exploration of the streets of Cuba and Rebecca’s surprising discovery of unique and sometimes mysterious animals. As we photographed in Cuba, we began to realize that our work sprang from the feel of a nation in a kind of bubble—an economic, political, cultural, and ecological bubble. For, thanks to the vagaries of history and politics, Cuba has now existed for some fifty years outside the world of globalization. So, in the spirit of a duet—with its point-counterpoint—we decided to weave our images together to create a multi-layered portrait of this ‘Violet Isle,’ a little-known name for Cuba. This island is a bubble whose people and animals seem caught out of time, a place that’s engaging yet unsettling, a place that’s vibrant yet vulnerable, a place that—for better or worse—probably won’t exist as it is much longer.’

– Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb


Where: 10×8 Gallery

When: May 15 to June 1, 2013

Opening Night: TBA

Reportage Festival Liftout featured in Spectrum in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Amazing Reportage Festival lift out in Spectrum today in saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald!
Thank you to all our supporters!

©Arien Chang Castan, Cuba

‘Finding Your Vision Workshop’ Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

The Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb ‘Finding Your Vision’ Workshop has officially started today at 10×8Gallery…
Great work from the students!

The first official workshop for the 2013 Reportage Festival

Simona Ghizzoni

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Continuing to highlight the participating photographers in the 2013 Reportage Festival Projections, the Reportage Team would like to introduce… Simona Ghizzoni  who will be showing her work ‘After Dark’ at this year’s Festival.

‘ I reached the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the first time in 2010, on assignement with a friend journalist, to document the condition of palestinian women in the Gaza Strip. At that time, we had the access to the Gaza Strip denied by the Israeli Government. So, I decided to spend a couple of months in Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to see and understand more of the social and political situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories. That was the beginning of my long-term project about the consequences of war on women’s life, Afterdark.

A few months later I got the permission to enter the Gaza Strip, where I stayed as a whole around three months., documenting the aftermath of Cast Lead Operation (ended in 2009) and the life of women in the extremely complex context of the Strip.

Women in Gaza suffer of a double pressure: the isolation from the outside world imposed by Israeli blockade, with all the economical, physical and psychological consequences, and, on the other hand, the worsening of  women’s human rights condition under Hamas government, heading towards an effective gender separation.

The latest trip was in December and January 2012-13 right after the Operation Pillar of Defense on the Gaza Strip (14 to 21 November 2012). During the course of the operation, the IDF struck more than 1,500 sites in the Gaza Strip, including rocket launchpads and cache sites, Hamas command posts, the Hamas run interior ministry and other government buildings, as well as dozens of houses and apartment blocks. More than 180 Palestinians died in the operation, with between 40 and 103 of them being civilians. An additional 1,200-1,300 Palestinians were injured. Civilians paid the highest toll during this war, especially women and children who didn’t recover yet from the traumas of Cast Lead Operation (2008-2009).

Through the stories of the women I met, I’m trying to understand what actually happens when a military operation is declared “a success”, how is the return to normality of life, and which normality can be actually restored, in order to avoid to forget the real human toll of any war. ‘

– Simona Ghizzoni

        © Simona Ghizzoni/ Contrasto

Simona Ghizzoni is an Italian photographer based in Rome, Italy

Her work ‘After Dark’ won second prize for the Emerging Photographer Grant from Burn Magazine and Magnum.