A meaningful photograph has the power to move you. To make you feel curious, happy, sympathetic, angry, shocked, uplifted. The Head On Photo Festival started as a small portrait exhibition in 2004 and grew. And grew! The 9th Head On Photo Festival has kicked off, showing stunning photography from Australia and around the world.
Tune in to The Dialogue at 6pm tonight (Wednesday 9 May) when I chat with the Festival’s founder and Director, Moshe Rosenzveig.
Moshe is a photojournalist, commercial photographer, educator and an award winning television producer/director. Photography is his world. We chat about his own experiences covering the conflict in Lebanon, the rise of mobile phone photography and the remarkable artists and exhibitions that enrich our lives with their visual storytelling.
The Head On Photo Festival is now on and runs till 20 May 2018. See the winners and finalists in the Head On Photo Awards for Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student categories. There are 180 exhibitions at 100 venues, with 800 exhibiting artists. Plus talks and workshops. Drop in to the Festival Hub at Paddington Town Hall. Check out the full program at https://www.headon.com.au/
Peng Xiangjie’s exhibition “Cosplay” explores the search for acceptance and self expression through the escapism offered by Cosplay Festivals in China. Delmar Gallery 5 – 27 May.
Samantha Everton’s “Indochine” explores the conflicting cultural pressures of East and West in dreamy, colour saturated images. Arthouse Gallery 3 – 19 May.
Nancy Borowick’s “The Family Imprint” is a moving visual diary. In Nancy’s words – Dad called these “his and hers chairs.” He would sit beside Mom, his partner and wife of thirty-four years, as they got their weekly chemotherapy treatments. He had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and she was in treatment for breast cancer for the third time in her life. For him it was new and unknown, and for her it was business as usual, another appointment on her calendar. Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall. 5 – 20 May.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 21, 2015: Boys carry toy guns as thousands of Afghans gather during celebrations for Afghan New year which is called Nowruz at a local Shrine in Kartai Sakhi area Kabul, Afghanistan. The new year which welcomes the coming of Spring is also celebrated by people from diverse ethnic backgrounds for thousands of years in Iran, Kurdistan, parts of Turkey and Syria.The Persian calendar begins a new year at the time when the Prophet Mohammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 621 AD.
(Photo by Paula Bronstein/ for the Wall Street Journal)
Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall. 5 – 20 May.
Winner of the Head On Mobile Prize. “Life in Colour” by Zay Yar Lin. Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall. 5 – 20 May.
Winner of the Head On Portrait Prize. “Mama” by Irmina Walczak and Savio Freire. Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall. 5 – 20 May.
Claudia Chan Shaw with Moshe Rosenzveig