This years Festival features over 30 events, including gallery openings, artist talks, panels and workshops. Here’s a few to check out! 

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Sophie Howarth

Anthropology through photography 

Since the invention of photography, the camera has been used to document, study, and preserve all kinds of things. This year’s Festival features many artists who use their art as a form of study to capture humanity in all its forms. In times of celebration, perseverence and change – these photographers explore what it means to be human.

Tim Smith’s In the world but not if it, documents the life of the Hutterites in Canada and North America and their interaction with modern technologies. Ha Aretz: The Promised Land photographed by Roger Grasas is a highly researched body of work that captures locations where holy events in the old and new testaments supposedly took place. This is an in-depth study of the Holy Land – a land contested by Israelis and Palestinian that is important to several religions such as Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Baha’i. Sophie Howarth’s anthropologic study centres around women in the music industry – the women who make it and the women who love it. Homage to chicks is a collection of images taken between 1990 and 2012 that places women in the centre of music history.

Join us 11am, 5 November at Bondi Pavilion for Anthropology through photography! 

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Ilana Rose

Making social issues visible 

Featured artist Ilana Rose is joined by Trish Connolly, Keith Waters, and Elvis Martin to discuss the youth homelessness crisis in Australia and how photography can be used as a valuable tool to make social issues visible.

Ilana Rose’s Home Truths invites the viewer into the lives of homeless youth and the hardships they face in their daily lives. This must-see event will not only inspire you to take out your camera but also inform you of ways to combat youth homelessness in your community. Head to Bondi Pavilion in the High Tide room on Sunday, 13 November from 1:30pm – 2:30pm for Making social issues visible.

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Murray Fredericks

The international premiere of Murray Frederick’s BLAZE 

Murray Fredericks has been a long-time participant of Head On Photo Festival. He has been exhibited and spoken on many Head On panels both in and out of festival season. This year he was part of our illustrious selection panel. BLAZE captures the ever-changing and temperamental landscapes of Australia in striking moment elemental juxtaposition.

Bentley Dean, BLAZE’S film director and DP, will also be speaking at the event and premier alongside Fredericks.

Join Fredericks at 5pm in the Yalagang room, Bondi Pavilion on 5 November for the world premiere of BLAZE.

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Rachel Portesi

Stories that Stir: Self-Reflection

Don’t miss Head On’s collaboration with Stories that Stir, a podcast and event series produced by Monica Rosenfeld, public speaker, stand-up comedian, and PR expert. Stories that Stir was created to break down barriers, create conversations and inspire change. At this event, Monica will talk to Head On Featured exhibitors Ramak Bamzar, Garrie Maguire, Rachel Portesi, and Judith Nangala Crispin about their journeys with self-discovery and how they use photography to reflect upon their lives. Stories that Stir in partnership with Head On Photo Festival is sure to make you laugh, maybe tear up a little and inspire you.  

Stories that Stir: self-reflection will be held in the High Tide room at Bondi Pavilion at 6pm on 6 November. 

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Mervyn Bishop

Paper Tigers exhibition opening 

Originally exhibited in 2020, Paper tigers is back to celebrate Australia’s best photojournalists. Delmar Gallery will feature sixty images from sixty different photojournalists. Through the eyes and lenses of these Australian photographers, we’ll witness crucial moments in modern world and Australian history – the moments that shaped us.

The Paper Tiger’s exhibition opening opening will be Saturday, 12 November starting at 3pm.

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