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Beyond the lens

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Presenter(s): Dr. Alasdair Foster, Sasha R. Gregor, Matty Karp, Sissel Annett, Judith Nangala Crispin

Photos can be created by many techniques – digital, film, screen print, and that’s just the beginning. Beyond the lens will look to the exhibitions that stray from traditional photographic methods, challenging the idea of what a photograph is.

This panel includes Featured artists from Head On Photo Festival 2022 that seek to expand the idea of photography – giving us an indepth look into their unique techniques and their innovative perspectives on how we produce imagery through photography.

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Dr. Alasdair Foster

Dr. Alasdair Foster is a writer, award-winning curator, and publisher of Talking Pictures – interviews with photographers around the world [ https://talking-pictures.net.au/ ]. He has twenty years’ experience heading national arts institutions in Europe and Australia, and over thirty-five years of working in the public cultural sector. A former president of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia and editor of Photofile magazine, he was, until recently, Professor of Culture in Community Wellbeing at The University of Queensland, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Sasha R. Gregor

Sasha R. Gregor is the alter ego of photographer Roger Grasas. Gregor has a passion for physical optics that has led him to investigate the phenomenon of light as a source of knowledge. Through his projects, Gregor draws unprecedented connections between art and science, simultaneously adopting both a hyper-technological approach to creation and an aesthetic vision of epistemology.

Matty Karp

Matty Karp turned to photography after a successful career in venture capital. He has won numerous prizes in international photography contests, including the International Photography Awards and the Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest.

At Head On Photo Festival 2022, Matty presents his series Zen and modernity which mixes the modern technology of photography with the traditional Japanese form of ink painting.

Sissel Annett

Sissel Annett is from the idyllic west coast of Norway, where she spent her childhood on horseback or down by the sea. Her career started in press photography, which allowed her to travel the world capturing personal stories.

Sissel’s series Emotional alchemy subverts our idea of photography which adds to the mind-bending imagery that evokes the trauma of her subjects.

Judith Nangala Crispin

Judith Nangala Cripsin is a Canberra-based poet and visual artist, published author with a background in music. She is currently the Poetry Editor for the Canberra Times. Crispin a proud member of Oculi collective, one of the chapter leads of Women Photograph, and the 2021 Artist in residence with Music Viva. Cripsin has spent time working with tribal people in the Tanami desert. Her work includes themes of displacement and identity loss, a reflection on her own lost Aboriginal ancestry, but primarily it is centred on the concept of connection with Country. 

At this year’s Festival, Judith presents her stunning series entitled Dangerous stars.  In this series Judith premiered a technique of her own devising called Lumachrome glass printing. The series layers alternative photographic practices, such as lumen printing (sun printing), cliché-verre and chemigram, with drawing and painting.

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Dangerous stars

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Zen and modernity

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Emotional alchemy

  • Head On Photo Festival 2022
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Ha Aretz: the promised land

  • Featured exhibition
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