Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

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′



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.

2013 Reportage Festival Guest Adam Ferguson Featured Today in the Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

2013 Reportage Festival guest Adam Ferguson has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald today on page 7 in the paper and online editions discussing his work in Iraq.

Ferguson a member of the VII agency and one of Australia’s distinguished emerging documentary photographers will exhibit his work in an outdoor installation exhibition under the Cahill Express Way at Circular Quay as a featured part of the 2013 Reportage Festival.

Adam will share this space, in a separate exhibition with legendary photographer James Nachtwey who will also be exhibiting a selection of his retrospective work Testimony in the space.

The Reportage Team is happy to announce that the exhibition will be a featured part of the Vivid Light Walk and will illuminate the differing perspectives of one of the world’s most prominent documentary photographers and strong emerging photographer Adam Ferguson.

Adam Ferguson will be involved in two seminars at the MCA as a part of the 2013 Reportage Festival

‘Inside the Evolving World of Photojournalism, Photo Agencies and Newspapers’
Vivid Ideas Exchange
May 25, 2013


‘Photography in Conflict’ An Investigation into the Changes of Conflict Photography from the Past to Present’
MCA Veolia Lecture Theatre
June 1, 2013

© Adam Ferguson/ VII from his work ‘Iraq’s Legacy’

Giovanni Cocco

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Continuing to highlight the participating photographers in the 2013 Reportage Festival Projections, the Reportage Team would like to introduce Giovanni Cocco who will be showing his work ‘Monia’ at this year’s Festival.

Monia is Giovanni’s sister and she has been disabled since birth, she lives with their parents in a small town in Abruzzo in Italy where they take constant care of her. ‘My family lives in habits, simple gestures and long moments without words or actions. A world away from everything else, solitary, confined, but not empty, where time is made up of moments,a present that does not need to project into the future.’

‘Photographing Monia is an act of knowledge and research. It is a way to understand her, wondering what she thinks and what she wants. Telling her story and her life is the first step for one to enter the life of the other, with both the joy and the difficulty of the encounter.’

Giovanni Cocco is an Italian photographer based in Rome, Italy.

His ongoing work on ‘Monia’ won second prize for the Emerging Photographer Grant from Burn Magazine and Magnum.

 © Giovanni Cocco

“She stands still, holding her breath. She keeps searching with her eyes,anxious at what she might miss. I move closer. Maybe I’ll understand what she is looking at. I’ve been doing this since we were kids. I stare at my sister while she stands still, holding time still. I keep looking – there is an undercurrent, a tidal force drawing her nearer every thing she sees. She touches them uncertain, as if it were always a first time. Hesitating, marveling. Might she think that aiming is better than reaching? That touching is not the same as the desire to touch? That some are best left alone? Maybe this is why she loves light, and water, and shadows. She keeps reaching out to them. Everything that might escape – she wants to touch that. I keep looking – she is there, yet gone. And she carried me away with her.”

‘This work is a work in progress; it started five years ago, in silence. The photographs came first, before any other project, and before the story, which they belong to. They are the result of an experience and the desire to tell it.’


David Burnett ‘The Presidents: From JFK to Obama’

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The Reportage Team is proud to announce another of the featured exhibition at the 2013 Festival, The Australian Centre for Photography exclusively for the 2013 Reportage Festival  will be hosting an exhibition of David Burnett’s work on the American Presidents from June 1 to August 18, 2013.

David Burnett (USA) is a photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images, with over four decades of experience covering the news, history and people in over 70 countries. Burnett has been listed by American Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography.

Burnett is one of the few photographers to have photographed every US president since John F. Kennedy. ‘The Presidents: From JFK to Obama’ exhibits Burnett’s intimate and rare photographs, which capture both the professional and personal moments shared by America’s presidents over the decades.

© David Burnett/Contact Press Images Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Regan with their interpreters at the Geneva

                                            Summit. Switzerland, November, 1985. 1985


Australian Centre for Photography

1 June – 18 August

NOOR presents an evening with Francesco Zizola

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Renowned photojournalist and co-founder of NOOR Agency and 10B Photography, Francesco Zizola (Italy) has photographed some of the world’s major conflicts and hidden crises and is considered to be one of Italy’s finest photographers.

In 2007, he opened 10b Photography, a Rome-based multipurpose centre for professional photography, featuring a gallery and a digital laboratory that has grown to become the world’s most prominent ‘digital darkroom’.

NOOR – an Arabic word meaning light – seeks to contribute to a growing understanding of the world by producing independent visual reports that stimulate positive social change and impact views on issues of global concern.

It is an abiding commitment to the fundamental power of photography to bear witness to the struggle for human rights and social justice that form the principles of NOOR.

In this discussion Francesco will share his experiences as a documentary photographer and his achievements founding two internationally renowned institutions.

9pm – 10pm, Wednesday 29 May 2013
Vivid Ideas Exchange, MCA Sydney

Tickets: $15

Book tickets here 

10×8 Gallery Opening Launch – Saturday April 13, 2013

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Those who haven’t heard about it, there is a new gallery opening up in Surry Hills Sydney this April,  10×8 Gallery opens its doors to the public April 11, 2013 for its inaugural exhibition consisting of nine of Australia’s finest and emerging photographers…

The group show features work from… William Yang, Andrew Quilty, James Brickwood, Marco Bok, Donna Bailey, Alexia Sinclair, Rennie Ellis, Cuba’s Raul Cañibano Ercilla and Reportage Festival Director Stephen Dupont.

10×8 is a new Sydney based gallery specialising in multimedia art and contemporary photography and is dedicated to raising the profile of the genre.

The gallery will also be the hub for two exhibitions presented by the 2013 Reportage Festival including Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s ‘Violet Isle: Two Visions of Cuba’ and another soon to be announced.

The team at 10×8 have created an amazing space for workshops which will be an  ongoing feature of the Gallery and to inaugurate the space, they have joined forces with Reportage to become the hub for the 2013 Reportage Festival workshops hosting the ‘Finding Your Vision’ Workshop by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb and the 10b Photography workshop with Francesco Zizola and Claudio Palmisano.

The group show will run from April 11 to May 11, 2013.

Public launch April 13, 2013 2pm to 5pm

To attend

10×8 Gallery
Level 5/ 56-60 Foster Street
Surry Hills

Raul Cañibano Ercilla: A Retrospective

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Reportage is happy  to announce another of our featured guests for the 2013 Reportage Festival, Cuban master of photography Raul Cañibano Ercilla who will be exhibiting a retrospective of his work, for the first ever time in Australia at Reportage. Raul will be attending the Festival alongside two other esteemed young documentary photographers (TBA) as a special guest and will be holding talks and seminars about his work and life in Cuba.

Born in Havana in 1961, Cañibano originally a welder is a self taught photographer, inspired by surrealist paintings and by the great photographers such as Josef Koudelka and Sebastian Selgado who taught him to see through the lens of a camera. Raul’s work stands as a testimony to his time in an era of Cuba that is little known to the world.

Despite difficulty due to the restrictions placed upon Cuba, Raul has exhibited work in England, the U.S, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Malaysia and has had individual exhibitions largely in Cuba and the United States. His work has been published in the New York Times and various other Art and Photography publications.

This month in March Raul opened a retrospective of his work at the Student Art Foundation in Miami and will be exhibiting for the very first time in Australia at the Reportage Festival.

Reportage will be exhibiting Raul’s retrospective work at level 1, of Customs House from May 24 to July 22 as a part of the 2013 Festival also to be included in the Vivid program. Opening night with Raul Cañibano Ercilla  May 29, 2013 (TBA)

These images are from the work  ‘Tierra Guajira’ by Raul Cañibano Ercilla

“Tierra Guajira” is the result of a personal project, which began in 1999. As a child I lived in Manati, Las Tunas province, located in one of the more eastern areas of Cuba. As a photographer the need to relive the experiences of my childhood through my images was born and thus I began this work, “Earth Guajira”.

To do this I toured many corners of the island, living day to day with the inhabitants of the more rural parts of my country. I suffered with them in their difficulties, invisible to their eyes as I gradually became a part of their routine I entered into their world, translating sentences, experiences and the joys of those that live in the country with images.

This project has an anthropological nature since my goal was to document modes of life and social habits that might be lost in Cuba with the passing of the years and the change that is going through the society in its constant development.

At the same time my work is a tribute to the nobility, the familiarity and the good of the Cuban peasant.’ <Raul Cañibano Ercilla>


Those wishing to get a preview of how amazing this exhibition will be of Raul’s should head to the opening of the new 10×8 Gallery in Surry Hills April 13, 2013 where a photograph from the retrospective will be on display. 10×8 Gallery will be a venue for various workshops and exhibitions for the Reportage Festival in 2013.

Did we mention… James Nachtwey

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Did we mention…

The Reportage Team is proud to announce that James Nachtwey will be a featured international guest at the 2013 Reportage Festival.

James will be holding a talk on his life’s work at the MCA June 9, 2013 as a featured part of the Reportage program… he will also be involved in exhibitions and talks… stay tuned for further announcements…



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Enrolment Open for 10B Photography Workshop with Francesco Zizola at Reportage Festival May 27 to May 31, 2013

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Enrolment is now open for the 10B Photography workshop held by 10B co-founders (Digital imaging expert Claudio Palmisano and renowned documentary photographer Francesco Zizola, also member and co-founder of NOOR Foundation) for Reportage Festival 2013.

The 10B Photography workshop is a five day masterclass with the objective to develop advanced photoshop skills in photojournalism and documentary photography under the instruction of the world’s most prominent digital darkroom, providing services for the most important institutions in the documentary photography field worldwide.

The combination of portfolio reviews and assessments with photographer Francesco Zizola make this workshop an important masterclass for emerging and established documentary photographers alike.

The dates of the 10B Photography workshop are May 27 to May 31, 2013 during Reportage Festival 2013

For enrolment and further information contact The Reportage Team


                                       Photo: ‘South Sudan: On the Eve of Independence’ © Francesco Zizola/NOOR

Francesco Zizola (Rome, 1962) has photographed some of the world’s major conflicts and their hidden crises. His book “Born Somewhere” was the result of a 13-year project; covering the situation of children in 28 different countries around the world.

Zizola has been awarded many international industry rewards; including the World Press Photo of the Year 1996, documenting the tragedy of land mines in Angola, together with nine other awards in the World Press Photo contests, and four Picture of the Year Awards.

He has published five books, including Iraq (published with Amnesty International, 2007), which documents the beginning of Iraq II, Etats d’enfance and Born Somewhere (Fusiorari); an extensive piece of work on the living conditions of children from 28 different countries.


10b Photography is a multipurpose centre for professional photography based in Rome, Italy.

Founded in 2007 by photojournalist Francesco Zizola and digital imaging expert Claudio Palmisano, 10b Photography premises feature a digital imaging laboratory, a multimedia studio and a gallery, summing up five distinctive areas of activity: digital imaging, fine art printmaking, multimedia projects, exhibition design and photojournalism related workshops.

10b photography is commissioned to execute the delicate task of post production in documentary photography and photo journalism by some of the genres most prestigious photographers and institutions that trust the 10B ethic that defines the difference between photographic processing and digital manipulation.

Clients include… Magnum Photos, VII Photo Agency, Noor Images, Contrasto, Stefano De Luigi, Yuri Kozyrev, Paolo Pellegrin, Finbarr O’Reilly, TIME, The New York Times, Russian Reporter, Postcart Editions, Simona Ghizzoni to name a few…