Posts Tagged ‘Reportage Festival of Documentary Photography’

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

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Open: 27 September 2014 – 26 October 2014
Venue: Exhibition Galleries 


Reportage is proud to present together with The State Library of NSW, Don McCullin: The Impossible Peace From War Photographs to Landscapes, 1958–2011 a touring exhibition by Contact Press Images.

Over five decades, legendary photojournalist Don McCullin has captured some of the most remarkable photographic images of the twentieth century. His impact on photography will be showcased in the exhibition Don McCullin: The Impossible Peace, featuring more than 150 photographs.

McCullin is best known for his memorable images of the world’s most dangerous conflict areas and social disasters: the building of the Berlin wall, the war in Congo, the Vietnam War, civil war in Biafra, fighting in Northern Ireland and the war in Lebanon. However, his recent photography focuses on sublime landscapes. This exhibition is curated by Robert Pledge, founder and president of Contact Press Images. McCullin’s work has never been shown in Australia before and the State Library is the exclusive Australian venue.


Tet Offensive, Battle of Hue, Vietnam

‘Shell-shocked US soldier awaiting transportation away from the frontline, Têt Offensive, Hué, South Vietnam, 1968’ Contact Press Images © Don McCullin



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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

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

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.

Photoville Comes to Reportage

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
The Reportage Team is very happy to announce the very first of five major outdoor installation exhibitions to be held across the Sydney CBD and Vivid Light Walk as a featured part of the 2013 Reportage Festival Program.

The first is a very special collaboration between New York’s United Photo Industries. The exhibition installation will see a portion of the Photoville Festival coming to Reportage of which the equivalent of four shipping containers will be featured on Central Avenue in Hyde Park past the Archibald Fountain. The containers will feature three major exhibitions that were on show at Photoville last June in its premier year.

The three exhibitions include an installation exhibition of Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden and his work Foreclosures in America presented by Magnum Foundation in co-ordination with Photoville, the second exhibition will highlight the work of talented Brooklyn photographer Russell Frederick with his work ‘Dying Breed’, lastly the third exhibition ‘Cruel and Unusual’ featured in a massive 40 foot container features work curated by Noorderlicht curators Hester Keijser and Pete Brook, featuring the work of 11 diverse photographers.

Photoville Comes to Reportage
May 24 to June 13
A Featured Part of the 2013 Reportage Festival


Where: Hyde Park Sydney

When: May 24 to June 13, 2013

Day and Evening

Opening Night: TBA

United Photo Industries’
Highlights from 2012


More information on Photoville can be found here

Reportage – Sydney Morning Herald Emerging Documentary Photographer Scholarship Winner Announced

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The Winner of the ReportageSydney Morning Herald Emerging Photographer Scholarship has been announced. Congratulations to Matthew Abbott, the recipient of the award for his work in Arnhem Land. Matthew will be attending Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s ‘Finding Your Vision’ workshop starting May 18, 2013. There was a tremendous amount of great work sent in for the award and made it a difficult choice for the judges at The Sydney Morning Herald and Reportage Festival Stephen Dupont. Two runner ups were announced accordingly:

Raphaela Rosella for her work on the story of four young mothers and Richard Payne for his work on immigrant integration in Sydney’s neighbourhood of Auburn, more images to come soon from the winner and runners up. Other opportunities for emerging photographers are yet to be announced in regards to the 2013 Reportage Festival so stay tuned. Thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald for helping Reportage realise this award and thanks to everyone who entered.

The Reportage Team

               © Matthew Abbott, ‘Daily life at Galiwinku Elcho Island’ from his work in Arnhem Land

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’

Festival Director Stephen Dupont and Reportage Festival Featured in Sydney Magazine

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Festival Director Stephen Dupont and Reportage Festival have been featured in today’s Sydney Magazine. The article marks Reportage Festival as pick of the month of May for Sydney events. Festival Director Stephen Dupont who has taken over Festival direction from 2012 was one of the original founders of the Festival in 1999, together with David Dare Parker, Jack Picone and Michael Amendolia

Women Documenting: The Experiences of Emerging and Accomplished Female Documentary Photographers

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Don’t miss out on this incredible experience to hear about the experiences of some of Australia’s and the world’s most prominent and emerging     female documentary photographers.                                                                                                                                                                                                        .

Speakers include, Tamara Dean/Olsen Irwin Gallery, Lee Grant/OculiRaphaela Rosella/Oculi and award winning American photographer Paula Bronstein represented by Reportage by Getty Images… Discussions will cover the history of female photographers in the field and highlight some of the incredible work being done in the world by women today.

Tickets are $35
MCA for Reportage at Vivid Ideas
June 2, 2013
9.00am – 1.00pm
To book

© Tamara Dean/ Olsen Irwin Gallery from her new series ‘The Edge’

James Nachtwey and Stephen Dupont Workshop for Reportage 2013

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Reportage Team is excited to announce the last of the Reportage workshops that will be available during the 2013 Festival.

Firstly we are happy to release confirmation of  a special opportunity to attend an intensive documentary photography and photojournalism workshop conducted by two of the world’s most renowned & celebrated photographers.

In an Australian first and exclusively for Reportage, James Nachtwey and Festival Director Stephen Dupont will be holding a five day workshop together  from June 10 – 14, 2013 as an official part of the 2013 Reportage Festival program

This is a rare opportunity for photographers to benefit from the wealth of experience that Nachtwey and Dupont have to offer.

One of Australia’s emerging giants of photography is Ed Giles, based in Cairo covering the unfolding Middle East Crisis for the last couple of years, Ed is flying back to work alongside Nachtwey and Dupont. Ed will offer the students his creative insights into multi media development and editing throughout the week.

The workshop schedule will be demanding but highly rewarding.

For further information and to enrol contact


© James Nachtwey

The workshop will run from June 10 – 14 at  10 x 8 Gallery in Surry Hills.

The last workshop to be announced will be a two day artist book making course to be held in conjunction with Momento Pro, details and enrolment coming soon.