In May 2017 I taught a one day introduction to large format photography class at the National art School, Darlinghurst for the Australian Centre for Photography. I followed my usual structure of beginning with a 4×5 camera photographing architecture with paper negs and film negs, followed by portraiture with an 8×10 camera, again with paper and film.

Above and below are the paper and film versions of the same scene. The film was Ilford HP5 rated at 400 and the paper was Foma glossy RC rated at 6. I know it’s better to use matt paper and that it can be flashed to lower contrast, but I couldn’t find any matt and the paper was just an easy way to demonstrate the basic concepts of film loading and processing. The camera was a Chamonix 045-N2 with Rodenstock Apo Sironar N 150mm lens. This is a good, sharp lens but I wish it had more image circle to allow for movements, this is particularly obvious in the photo below that used a fair bit of front rise. The film in the exposure below also has some extreme fingerprint marks – I recall one of the students having a lot of problems getting the film in the holder so i think it was handled with some sweaty and perhaps chemical stained fingers.

Below is a scan of a paper negative made with a 360mm Apo Ronar Rodenstock f/9 lens at f/9 on a Deardorff 8×10 camera.

Below is a scan of the HP5 neg scan. I prefer the pose in the paper neg shot and don’t even mind the extra contrast. That’s the difference between photographing people and objects – things don’t change between exposures, while people can radically change the photo by even a slight movement or change in expression.






17 books borrowed during May 2017. I was writing an essay about Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

Eight books and two audio books borrowed during April.

Four audio books and sixteen print books borrowed during March 2017.

Library books, Feb 2017

March 31, 2017

Eight books borrowed during Feb 2017

Library books, Jan 2017

March 31, 2017

Seven books borrowed during January 2017.

In 2015 the ACP moved from a seasonal exhibition schedule (spring, winter etc) back to shorter durations. The third installment of the year ran from mid-June to mid-August, with two solo exhibitions, a group exhibition, and some video works in the gallery and on the street screen. During this time there was also a workshop and paste-up on the building facade by the dysturb group.


Ex & Post was a group exhibition of contemporary photography from Eastern Europe, curated by Sári Stenczer and coordinated by Krisztina Erdei (Photolumen, Budapest) in collaboration with ACP.







On the other side of the black curtain was a gallery showing a projection of the video “Blaktism” by Megan Cope.


The front gallery had “The Outside Land” – an exhibition of photographs made in New Guinea by Stephen Dupont. He also gave an artist’s talk one weekend.




Franky Tsang showed photos from “The Umbrella Movement” as part of the Emerging Artist Program.





Photo above is looking from Oxford St towards front of house and through to the rear gallery space where Ex & Post was installed.The photo below looks at front of house and towards Oxford St. It also shows the video on the monitor that was connected with the Street Screen program. The Street Screen was a white screen on one of the front gallery windows that ran curated projections all night.



There were two Street Screen projections during this period – Cyrus Tang, shown above, and Merilyn Fairskye, below.



Shown above and below is the paste-up done by #dysturb, who also pasted up posters in other parts of Sydney at this time. They also ran a workshop at ACP covering their ideas and rationale.