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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: joboutlook.gov.au). 

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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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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Missed Open Day? Every Day is Open Day at PSC!

Posted by Social Media on 09/08/2018 5:42:00 PM

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In case you missed our annual Open Day on Sunday 5 August, here are just some of the highlights that made it such an inspirational day for all who attended.
We had a full house exploring our creative campus and our visitors came from near and far - including Horsham!
There was a great energy throughout the day as our super students and staff shared all the reasons they love being part of our unique College here at PSC! 
 
Our Alumni Q&A session ‘Busting the myth: There are no jobs in photography?' was a great success!! 

Alumni Panel

As aspiring photographers we have all been told many times that there are no jobs in photography! Or, that there is no stability in a career as a creative! But this session, led by Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith,  introduced our captivated audience to the diverse and exciting range of successful careers our Alumni have pursued since graduating. Each shared their journeys and the importance of the mentorship program, and the business and entrepreneurship subjects they studied throughout the Bachelor of Photography.  
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TSUKA' - curated by PSC’s Dr.Kristian Haggblom at the Centre for Contemporary Photography

Posted by Social Media on 20/06/2018 4:50:32 PM
 
Tsuka: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography 
Curator: Dr. Kristian Häggblom
Gallery: Centre for Contemporary Photography
Dates: June 8th - July 15th
 
Out the back of Ueno Park and beside the pond, one can find a stone monolith, a ‘tsuka’ for sewing needles. The monument was donated and erected by local seamstresses’ to commemorate sewing needles they have worn out and hence discarded. ‘Tsuka’ is an ancient and complex Japanese term that has several meanings. Its simplest and most commonly used makes reference to a mound or hill, a pile of dirt. This mound of heaped earth is not a natural formation, but rather created through human intervention. These physical pilings are usually associated with burial and entombment, for the purposes of worship and/or mourning. Another more complex layer to this term refers to the mound as an ‘atonement tombstone’ for animals or objects that humans have thrown away or treated harshly often for their own purposes. These ‘tsuka’ sites scatter the landscape of Japan and act as physical totems and metaphoric signifiers for empathy, alleviation and possible subsequent atonement. ‘Tsuka’ therefore act as a milestone between ‘this world’ and ‘the after world’ a physical space to project invisible human aspirations, hopes and guilt. 
Tsuka is an exhibition of contemporary Japanese photography and a selection of associated photobooks. The project uses these ‘tsuka’ monuments as the starting point for visual suka  is an exhibition of contemporary Japanese photography and a selection of associated photobooks  investigations by a selection of artists that work with still and moving photography and the photobook. The artists in this project make both literal and lateral responses to the notion of ‘tsuka’, ultimately addressing the question: is the act of taking, making and exhibiting photographs, a form of ‘tsuka’ in its own right?
 
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Congratulations to Part Time Student Luke David!

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 18/06/2018 4:45:33 PM

Part Time PSC student, Luke David has made it into the latest issue of Capture Magazine’s Top 20 Emerging, Australian Photographers, 2018 in the Travel Category! Luke is currently in his first year at PSC and is studying the 40 week Pro Photography Certificate. 

We sat down with Luke to ask him what has helped contribute to his success.

Congratulations Luke! You are fairly new to photography so what inspired you to take it up?

"Thanks. What inspired me to take up photography was actually travelling. I try to go overseas every year and was taking hundreds of the usual tourist point and shoot, snap shots. I work in retail and there was a really great camera on sale a few years ago that I bought with the idea to take some “proper shots”. I went to the USA the next year and shot everything on auto. Some images worked, some didn’t, but I was getting really inspired just the same. Then before a trip to Japan, I decided “RIGHT! I am going to learn how to use this camera" So I downloaded all the info, read all the blogs and watched all the videos and when I started taking shots in Japan, I started to really love it. I put some images into a few competitions and they did well. I got really excited about creating images and wanted to learn more and more."

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One Piece Of Advice

Posted by Peter Hatzipavlis on 11/09/2017 3:07:10 PM

Indispensable pointers and advice from women photojournalists who’ve seen and done it all

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Reuters launches grant program to develop the next generation of photojournalists

Posted by Peter Hatzipavlis on 11/09/2017 3:03:17 PM

This week, at the Visa pour l‘Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France, Reuters is launching a grant program which seeks to recruit and develop a diverse new generation of photojournalists to tell original human stories from around the world.

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Look Inside The New Yorker’s Photo Department

Posted by Peter Hatzipavlis on 11/09/2017 2:58:59 PM

Genevieve Fussell, senior photo editor for the prestigious New Yorker Magazine, discusses what she looks for when assigning photographers. 

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Not For the Faint of Heart: Views from a Freelancer

Posted by Peter Hatzipavlis on 11/09/2017 2:55:00 PM

In this interview, Pete Muller talks about what it takes to be a dedicated photojournalist in todays working environment.

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Stepping Back: The Art of Seeing

Posted by Peter Hatzipavlis on 11/09/2017 9:40:05 AM

A long-time, highly decorated Iranian photojournalist finds fresh inspiration for his work with a simple new tool—the phone in his pocket. Vibrant mobile photography from across the world.

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