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Part Time Student - Heather Felix on a Major Career Change

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 17/09/2018 5:49:00 PM

 "I never thought I would be a photographer. I came to PSC thinking I wanted to understand photographers. I wanted to see what language they speak and what training they go through- what drives them."

Judging by your accent you have done some travelling. What brought you to Australia?

I’m from Chicago originally and have a Masters in Business Systems and Engineering. I spent time doing the back-pack thing in Europe, was in the Peace Corps and did research in Central America and the Caribbean, so yes, it is fair to say I have a bit of a travel bug. In 2005 my husband and I decided to leave the states and come check out Australia for a year… that was in 2005! Initially, I got a job working for an environmental company. I was their sales manager for NSW and NT which was a great opportunity, as I can say I have been to parts of Australia that most Australians haven’t been to. During this time, I moonlighted as a travel writer for ‘Australiablog’, which (at the time) was one of the premier blogs about all things Australia (I wrote a ripper article focused on Aussie Slang!). I had a little digital camera and would take a shot in whatever town my environmental work sent me to and write about something in the town- a great restaurant or maybe something cool to see. I was always one to multitask.

Clearly that job sparked your creative side. How did photography fit into the puzzle as something more than a side project?

During my Environmental research and Peace Corps years I produced botanical photos of the species we were working with. This was in the days of film and manual focus! (gasp!) I had a Minolta 707… I still have it. Other than that, I was always just the family paparazzi. As my 20 years in corporate life wore on- I started looking for...

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Exhibition Highlights-Faces Of Melbourne / Faces Of Osaka

Posted by Social Media on 14/09/2018 5:31:00 PM

 This week saw the special opening of the Faces Of Melbourne Faces of Osaka student, photography exhibition in Osaka and in Melbourne. The exhibition features 20 photographs by PSC students and 20 photographs by students of Shasen (the Japan Institute of Photography and Film) in Osaka, making a total of 40 photographs to celebrate the 40 year alliance of the two sister cities!


PSC has been very proud to have taken part in this exhibition and we wish to congratulate the Shasen and PSC students on their wonderful photography.  The Melbourne opening at the 'Library at the Dock’ in Docklands was a testimony to the special relationship we have with Shasen, the City of Osaka and the City of Melbourne.

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Topics: Exhibitions, Events

Call for Entries: all Year 10, 11 & 12 Victorian School Students

Posted by Social Media on 11/09/2018 4:52:00 PM



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Busting the myth: There are no jobs in photography?

Posted by Social Media on 04/09/2018 5:05:06 PM

We would like to focus on a phrase that we at PSC have all heard before. You may have been told this from an influencer in your life or you may have even said it yourself, “there are no jobs in photography”. Or, “there is no stability in a career as a creative.” So, we thought it was about time that we bust this myth wide open...


The cold hard facts…

Australia’s creative and digital industries – of which photography is an integral part – are two of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. Creative and digital industries represent $90 billion to the economy and employ over 6.2% of the Australian workforce, which is more than mining and agriculture (source: 

In 2017, 15 700 people were employed in the photography industry alone. Of those, 57.8% of those jobs were in a full-time capacity. This does not include freelance photographers that may have also received the equivalent of a full-time workload. The job outlook website states that the photography industry as a growing sector and predicts there to be significant job growth in the next 5 years.



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Faces of Osaka + Faces of Melbourne -a photographic exhibition

Posted by Social Media on 31/08/2018 5:43:00 PM
‘City of Melbourne + City of Osaka, 40 year Sister City celebration photography exhibition opening on 12 September at the Docklands Library Gallery.  All welcome’.

This exhibition is the outcome of an International multi-faceted joint venture between Melbourne City Council and the Osaka City Government and between the two photography colleges, PSC in Melbourne and Shasen (The Japan Institute of Photography and Film) in Osaka. It will run at the Melbourne Docklands City Library Gallery from September 12 until October 4, 2018.

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Topics: Exhibitions, Events

First year BA Student Farley Webb on making the right decision!

Posted by Social Media on 23/08/2018 5:25:00 PM


We recently sat down with current first year student, Farley Webb to talk about why he made the decision to come to PSC and what it's like to follow your passion!


Was photography the only thing you were considering to study? Or did you have other things in mind?

Photography has always been my interest, but not my first field of study.


What was your first field of study?

I began with a Bachelor of Business.


How was that?

Studying business didn’t come naturally to me. I have to say, that it makes a world of difference studying something you are passionate about.


What made you decide to choose photography?

My relationship with photography goes all the way back to 2005 when my mum gave me her Kodak Easyshare digital camera to take with me on school camp. I was practicing photography all through high school but put it to rest for about 5 years while I studied business and worked after my degree. I picked it up again in early 2016 because I just missed it too much! I feel I’ve made the right decision.

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Sophie Gabrielle Finalist in the Lens Culture Art Photography Awards.

Posted by Social Media on 16/08/2018 5:20:00 PM

Congratulations to PSC Graduate Sophie Gabrielle – just announced as a finalist in the Lens Culture ‘Art Photography Awards’ (USA).

An international panel of judges selected 38 photographers from 18 countries from thousands of entries for these significant global awards.

SophieGabrielle_LensCultureAward-1Sophie’s series is titled  ‘Worry for the fruit the Birds won’t eat’

Sophie a PSC graduate from 2015 majored in Art Photography and has since been making her mark internationally. Sophie has exhibited across the globe and is currently preparing for an arts residency at Gulikstan in Iceland. To see more of her creative work and bio visit Sophie Gabrielle Photo.

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IMSS Presents Aliki Smith Editor of She Shoots Film Magazine.

Posted by Social Media on 15/08/2018 5:06:00 PM

Photography Studies College (Melbourne) is proud to present Aliki Smith, Editor-in-Chief of She Shoots Film magazine, which is an independent publication dedicated to exploring life through the female gaze. The publication encourages, supports and draws attention to emerging and seasoned film photographers that make with a woman's eye. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aliki Smith has been the editorRinRchief of She Shoots Film since its inception on the digital front in 2014. After a successful crowdfunding campaign in early 2017, she moved She Shoots Film into the print world. She has since published two issues of She Shoots Film (Self Portrait and MOTHER), with the third instalment

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Topics: image makers seminar series

Fashion Photography Workshop with Alumni, Liane Hurvitz

Posted by Social Media on 14/08/2018 5:40:00 PM

PSC is delighted to again be collaborating with Melbourne Fashion Week in September 2018. This year we are offering an exclusive workshop with fashion photographer and PSC graduate Liane Hurvitz.

Join Liane Hurvitz for a 3 hour fashion shoot – complete with professional model, stylist, makeup artist and photographic assistant. Liane will work through a range of looks and techniques using the state-of-the-art facilities at Photography Studies College Melbourne.

Workshop details:

We will be running this three-hour workshop in two groups on Saturday, September 1st 2018 – you can choose either 10-1pm or 2-5pm.

Each workshop will have 15-20 participants at $100 per person.

Book Group One : 10am-1pm

Book Group Two : 2pm-5pm   

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Topics: alumni

PSC Tutor, Alana Holmberg reporting for the Guardian from Vanuatu

Posted by Social Media on 13/08/2018 4:46:00 PM

'Residents of the island in Vanuatu have been forced from their homes by an erupting volcano, not knowing when they will return'

Two young boys from Maemo watch the evacuees, by Alana Holmberg

'Two young boys from Maewo watch as the first evacuees from Ambae disembark the ship at Narovrovo, a black pebble beach in the south of the island.'

A must read picture essay by PSC Lecturer Alana Holmberg on "Leaving Ambae: where evacuation is a way of life". Follow the link to read and see more of Alana's captivating documentary on the impact of the volcano, Monaro Voui in The Guardian.

Residents from nearby villages gather with their belongings on beach near Lone, West Ambae awaiting evacuation to Santo. Photograph: Alana Holmberg for the Guardian

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