Steph Doran shares her perspective of life in Japan

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 26 April 2018 2:50:36 PM

Meet Steph Doran, our wonderful Japanese based, Australian Photography guide. Steph is a successful Commercial Photographer, fluent in the Japanese language and culture. She is a passionate advocate for empowering people with the skills and knowledge to create beautiful imagery with their cameras. Steph will be accompanying us on our Discover Japan Tour this September, here she gives us a perspective of life in Japan.

What are your favourite thing to do on the weekend or in the evenings in Japan?

I'm glad you started with an easy question- my absolute favourite thing is to go to izakaya with my friends. An izakaya is a kind of Japanese pub, but it's nothing like the pubs we have back in Australia, and the experience is completely different. Back home, I never really liked "going out" or drinking, but going to an izakaya has become one of my favourite ways to unwind. The reason is, you are really there for the atmosphere, and the focus isn't just on alcohol. At an izakaya, of course you can enjoy a drink, but it's also a prime place to sample a variety of small dishes, both traditional and sometimes very modern (and let's be honest, the real reason I go there is to eat!) My flatmate and I love exploring back-street izakaya, especially if we can stumble across tiny hole-in-the-wall type places. Izakaya are best visited in the evening, so if it's still daytime, I love finding some nature and just getting out of the city for a while.

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Topics: photojournalism, Travel Photography, steph doran, Japan, Dr Michael Coyne, Discover Japan Tour

PSC's Steph Doran presents to Osaka Food and Tourism Seminar

Posted by Vicki Bell on 28 March 2018 1:30:00 PM

As part of the 40 years Sister City Relationship between Melbourne City Council and Osaka City Council an Australian delegation visited Osaka last week. One of the highlights organized by Osaka City Council was the Osaka Food and Tourism seminar which explored opportunities for Osaka based on Melbourne’s great success in this area.

Photography Studies College's Osaka-based Japan- Australia Educational Liaison Officer, Steph Doran was one of four guest presenters at the seminar. Her presentation, delivered in Japanese, featured photographs of Osaka and Melbourne, including her own and a number shot by PSC students. She highlighted the food and coffee culture of both cities, their similarities and differences. Her lively presentation was enthusiastically received by a predominantly Japanese audience drawing on her knowledge of the great food culture of both cities.

Other presenters included Professor Shinya Hashizume from Osaka Prefecture University, Councillor Philip Le Liu from Melbourne City Council and Mr David Lawson, Australia’s Consul General in Japan.

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Topics: photography graduates, photojournalism, Street Photography, Travel Photography, steph doran, Japan, International Photography Tours, Graduate Exhibition, Dr Michael Coyne, Photojournalist, Osaka City, Melbourne City Council, Discover Japan Tour, Osaka, In the Press

International Photography Tour to Japan September 2018

Posted by Jim on 28 February 2018 6:00:00 PM

It seems that everyone is running ‘photography tours’ to some exotic part of the world!

Given the capacity of relatively light, modern cameras to be transported across the world without exceeding an airline’s restrictive cabin baggage limits, students of photography can readily create a personal narratives of people and places they have visited and the culture of the communities they engage. 

So why travel to Japan with PSC? 

PSC International Photography Tours 

PSC first ran its first photography tour to China in 1986, Egypt and Israel in 1987 and followed this with tours to countries as diverse as Turkey and Vietnam. A subsequent planned tour to Mongolia was cancelled following the SARS epidemic in 2003!


It was not until 2016 that PSC again decided to offer a photography tour to interested photographers, students and enthusiasts. We commenced with Iran a country about which there are many preconceptions and very little practical engagement. The small group was led by our Senior Fellow Michael Coyne, the distinguished Australian photojournalist who worked extensively in Iran, and our Bachelor of Photography Convenor for the Art Major Hoda Afshar, an Iranian photographer. 

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Topics: PSC graduate, Tokyo photography, Travel Photography, Event, photography, Rakuto Makino, steph doran, International Photography Tours

Aiming High with Steph Doran

Posted by Social Media on 7 November 2015 9:31:54 AM

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Topics: freque magazine, Highlight, blue Tree studios, diploma of photography, graduates, photography, steph doran

Aiming High with Steph Doran

Posted by Social Media on 7 November 2015 9:31:54 AM

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Topics: freque magazine, Highlight, blue Tree studios, diploma of photography, graduates, photography, steph doran

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