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A series of conversations over two days, jam-packed with Australian and international photographers joined by experts in the creative industry and media who share their passion for photography and exploring contemporary issues.
Participate in thought-provoking discussions that will raise and answer questions, inform, inspire and move you.
Why the power of photography to address global challenges is declining. What is behind this crisis of compassion in an increasingly isolated world? How can we change the intolerance and fear surrounding refugees? Why is nobody paying attention?
Image detail: Head On Photo Festival Feaured exhibitor David Dare Parker
Moderator: Helen Vatsikopoulos - Australian journalist, academic and documentary maker
The stories they don't want you to hear. What's going on behind closed doors? How can you shed light on a topic kept in the dark? Plus, a survival guide for dealing with challenging issues.
Moderator: Liz Deep-Jones - journalist, television presenter, media commentator, author and public speaker
More to be announced.
What does modern sexuality look like? How do people express their sexual identity? Why is it so important? Plus how to gain trust and access as a photographer to the most private details of someone’s life.
Participate in thought-provoking discussions that will raise and answer questions, inform, inspire and move you
Image detail: Head On Photo Festival Featured exhbitor Giljung Yoon
Moderator: Matthew Friedman - founder of 2 Birds 1 Bee, a relationship and sex education business, providing educational content to students, parents, and schools whilst smashing the unhelpful taboos that silence most discussion in that area
Has the way we store our photos changed with Artificial intelligence software? Does using a NAS give you the safety you need? How do you work with cloud-based services? What do the proposed changes to Australian copyright law really mean? In today’s social media world, do moral rights have a larger role to play?
Image detail: Abir Sultan
Speakers: Ian McDonald - Ian is one of Australia's leading copyright lawyers and has been recommended in the leading international legal review guide Legal 500
Anthony McKee - a professional photographer who specialises in documentary photography, will also deliver a talk about how he backs up and stores his digital assets
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How to approach a project from a new perspective and find more success. Where is the line between the truth and a lie? How can you turn the mundane into the extraordinary?
Image detail: Head On Photo Festival Featured exhbitor Sina Niemeyer
Moderator: Alison Stieven-Taylor - journalist, international commentator, lecturer in journalism
Are we trying too hard to be inclusive? What can be gained when you shut out other points of view? Can you get more funding if you narrow your focus?
Image detail: 2018 Head On Portrait Prize finalist Marinka Massaus
Moderator: Dr Ella Dreyfus - Head On Photo Festival featured artist, 'Under Twenty-Seven', finalist in the Head On Portrait Prize, senior lecturer and Head of Public Programs at the National Art School, Sydney
Wind down the weekend with the Unexposed Collective (female and non-binary street photographers). Hear and see several photographers' different approaches to street photography.
Image detail: Rosie English
Moderators: Julia Coddington and Rebecca Wiltshire, Unexposed Collective co-founders
Speakers: Meg Hewitt, Sue Brunialti, Linda Maclean and more to be announced.