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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the Age of the Jpeg, is an exhibition that examines the resurgence of interest in analogue photographic techniques in contemporary art. I photographed the opening event at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP). The exhibition runs from Oct 30 until December 6th 2015.

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The Alchemists curators Martyn Jolly and Cherine Fahd.

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Left, Benjamin Stone-Herbert, exhibiting artist in the Alchemists, with ACP staffer Brenton Smith

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Diego Ibanez and Andrew Stockdale.

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The Australian Centre for Photography 2013 winter season ran from June until August, with exhibitions by Pat Brassington, David Burnett and the continuing project from Robert Besanko. It was also when I started using a Canon 6D, a great camera that I still use in late 2015. Initially I couldn’t open the raw files with my CS5 software so was doing some inconvenient things like converting the Canon raw files to Adobe dng files. It worked OK but meant duplicating large files, so it wasn’t long before I got CS6 which I’m also still using. I’m not planning to change my camera, computer or software until absolutely necessary as I dislike the complexity of needing everything to be of a certain newness for the various components to work together.

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At this time the ACP had a gallery wall that faced the street so they could try ideas such as this large format vinyl print. They would also leave the lights on all night so after hours pedestrians could view the work. This photo is from the David Burnett exhibition “The Presidents: from JFK to Obama”. David Burnett is one of the great photojournalists and is also a friendly and genial character. It was a thrill to meet him as I had many times showed his “What’s in the bag” video to students. I had him autograph one of my Holgas while he was in Sydney.

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Gallery view of David Burnett “The Presidents”. He photographed JFK when he was still a schoolboy, and the subsequent Presidents as a photojournalist.

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In the back galleries was a thoughtfully curated and beautifully presented retrospective of Pat Brassington, titled “A Rebours”.

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Large Pat Brassington prints in the entry hall.

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Pat Brassington to the left and Robert Besanko and David Burnett to the right.

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This is an original lith print by Robert Besanko, I’m pretty sure he was using Kodalith paper.

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Another Besanko, this is a contemporary large print from one of the vintage lith prints.

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