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HEAD ON PORTRAIT PRIZE RETROSPECTIVE

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Past Finalists

Established in 2004, the Head On Portrait Prize aims to give the public and photographers (both emerging and established) the opportunity to view and exhibit high-quality photographic portraits. It is now one of the most highly acclaimed photographic portrait prize in the world and the heart of the Sydney-based Head On Photo Festival.

The portraits are anonymous at the time of selection, ensuring the final collection is diverse and engagingly unpredictable.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 06/25/2017
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Portraits on George

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Past Head On Portrait Prize Finalists

See past Head On Portrait Prize Finalist images installed throughout Geroge St, The Rocks.

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Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/28/2017
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Understanding My Country

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Justine Muller

‘Understanding my Country ‘: selected documentary photographs and stories from Muller’s time travelling 'on country'  from North East Arnhem Land with the Yolngu people, to the Far West NSW with the Barkandji (River People) mob.

Muller is a multidiscipline artist working in: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and writing.  She uses photography to document her journey. Her photography is the back bone of her research and visual connection, allowing her to better understand her country and her identity as a non-indigenous Australian artist. 

Dates of Exhibition: 
Sat, 05/06/2017 - Sun, 06/04/2017
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Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Paul Skillen

Paul was officially given his first film camera at the age of five, but has been playing with cameras since he was two years old.

Born in the the UK in 1968, Paul bought his first DSLR in 2003. Freelancing for various UK regional and national newspapers, he moved to Perth, Western Australia in 2007.

In 2015 he commenced a Bachelor of Contemporary Art at Edith Cowan University and was first invited to exhibit with the Head On Photo Festival in 2016. he prefers not to say too much about himself, instead letting his photographs do the talking.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/28/2017
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Heather Burn

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Mat Hay

Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/28/2017
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Beneath the Surface

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Lisa Clarke

Beneath the Surface explores the concept of otherness in the central Queensland community of Rockhampton. Rockhampton has been labelled a town of intolerance, racism, homophobia, and rednecks. Photographer Lisa Clarke confronts and challenges mainstream understanding of regional Australia, in particular, a region predominately known for being Australia’s beef capital.

Rather than focus on generalised stereotypes, the photographer actively sought to document the different cross-sections of Rockhampton’s population, each going about their everyday lives.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/28/2017
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Closer: Portraits of Survival

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Katherine Griffiths

Katherine Griffiths photographed 44 Holocaust survivors with objects which are emblematic of their endurance. Both the survivor and the object are witnesses to history and retainers of memory. They are embodiments of a traumatic past that engage us to contemplate the profound and ongoing impact of the Holocaust. When witness and relic are reunited, something extraordinary happens, the narrative deepens and the past and present collide.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Sun, 03/26/2017 - Wed, 08/30/2017
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Dream Summer

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Tom Williams

Australian documentary photographer and artist Tom Williams began his career as a photojournalist, before developing an interest in the controlled interventions of the documentary process. His work has been exhibited and published in Australia, South East Asia and Latin America.

At the start of summer 2016, Williams abandoned his usual practice of projects involving accuracy and research, and began taking photographs using a very simple plastic-lens camera and a sense of spontaneity.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 06/25/2017
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A Sobered Communist

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Callum Royle

A Sobered Communist is Callum Royle’s exploration into the psychological scars caused by the enforced systematisation and increase in surveillance in Romania. It was inspired by Paul Neuberg’s The Hero's Children: the Post-War Generation in Eastern Europe. With the 30th anniversary since the fall of communism approaching, Neuberg said “it is fair to suggest the system’s flawed nature still remains to have a psychological effect on the proletariat”.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Mon, 05/01/2017 - Sun, 05/28/2017
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Spy/Spy - Casula

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Julien Mignot & Fred Stucin

Spy/Spy is a cross-look at Cannes Film Festival 2015 & 2016. It covers the dark side of Cannes, the glamour, the secrets & the wannabes. Spy/Spy is a same-same but different approach, with beautiful portraits and intriguing images that look deeply into the dark side of the cinema world.

There is an intense dialogue between what we see in the media, the aspirations of the wannabes and the shy stars fighting to protect their privacy.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/28/2017
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Unseen Everyday Japan

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Instagram / Everyday Japan

Unseen Everyday Japan is a photo exhibition showing an alternative vision of contemporary Japanese life through Instagram. The photos span from picturesque cultural and street scenes, to more complex social and political issues. Documentary photographer Q. Sakamaki curated the images from @EverydayJapan, an official Instagram account of the global photography project, The Everyday Projects, which depicts everyday life through the eyes of its contributors.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Wed, 05/10/2017 - Fri, 06/09/2017
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Bowie Unseen: A Collection of rare unseen photographs of David Bowie

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Markus Klinko

Blender Gallery is excited to present photographer Markus Klinko’s Bowie Unseen, rare and exquisite images of David Bowie. The renowned photographer had the opportunity to capture Bowie in his Soho studio for Bowie’s 2002 album cover Heathen and again for the cover of GQ’s “Men of the Year” issue. The images reveal the artistic spirit and impeccable style that Bowie always took great care to display. This Australian premiere exhibition will feature over 24 fine art photographic prints.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Sat, 05/06/2017 - Sat, 06/03/2017
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Head On Portrait Prize

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
40 Finalists

The Head On Portrait Prize was established in 2004 to give both the public and photographers, both known and unknown, greater opportunity to view and exhibit high-quality photographic portraits. Today it is one of the biggest and most respected annual displays of portraiture in Australia, and the heart of Head On Photo Festival.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Sat, 05/06/2017 - Sun, 07/02/2017
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Closets Full of Dreams

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Roger Anis

Closets Full of Dreams looks into females’ closets, showing girls’ dreams and fears and illustrating their own stories from a society where women are facing danger, sexual harassment and oppression in the street every day.

It is a true story that affects most Egyptian women. They all have one item in their closet that they will never wear again because of the experiences she faces in the street or even behind closed doors of safe spaces.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Sat, 05/06/2017 - Sun, 05/14/2017
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Amelia & the Animals

Exhibiting photographer(s): 
Robin Schwartz

Amelia and the Animals is drawn from journeys undertaken by mother and daughter in the interspecies world they inhabit with animals, of all varieties, over the past thirteen years.

The line between human and animal overlaps or is blurred, where animals are part of mother and child’s world and humans are a part of theirs. Fantasies and eccentricities are explored to create a cultural space in the photographs where animals not only co-exist with humans, but also interact as full partners.

Dates of Exhibition: 
Fri, 05/05/2017 - Sun, 05/14/2017
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