Head On Photo Festival Panel Discussion @ Vivid Ideas Exchange

Mike Bowers, Libby Baulch and Chris Shain
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Entry Fee: Free
Exhibition Event:
Official Opening 02/06/2012 4:00 am

Know your (photo) rights

In association with Vivid Festival
2 June, 2-3pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
Veolia Lecture Theatre
140 George St, The Rocks

Head On Photo Festival presents a discussion panel as part of the Vivid Festival. The event looks at the Rights Management of imagery and how artists can avoid pitfalls in protecting their works.

This panel involving Libby Baulch (Copyright Agency Limited), Chris Shain (AIPP & Commercial Photographer) and Mike Bowers (Picture Editor of Global Mail), will discuss the latest developments in rights management and open up to the viewing public for a Q&A.

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Mike Bowers

Mike Bowers found his passion for photography while still at school. One of his teachers inspired him to a life long love affair with images.

After working in the darkrooms of The Australian National University and a memorable few years printing glass plate negatives from World War I at The Australian War memorial in Canberra he embarked on a career in photojournalism.

Mike spent 14 years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery working for a number of publications including The Australian, The Age, BRW, Time, The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald. He covered 5 Federal election campaigns and has accompanied 3 prime ministers on assignments both around Australia and overseas. He has covered conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and The Middle East.

Mike has won Nikon-Press Photographer of the Year awards in the category of Photographic Essay and Portraiture. He was Pictorial Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2001-2008. Mike was Chief Photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald before striking out on his own in late 2008.

He has published 4 books, Gallipoli Untold Stories, The Big Picture 175 Years of The Sydney Morning Herald and A Century of Pictures, 100 years of Herald photography. His latest book is a joint venture with journalist Paul Daley. Armageddon-trouble on a faded ANZAC trail was published in August 2011.

In October 2011 Mike anchored the official photographic coverage of The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in Perth. He assigned and edited the work of ten photographers on the team.

Mike is now Director of Photography at The Global Mail, he is also a regular commentator on all things photographic on ABC radio and host of Talking Pictures on Insiders which airs on ABC 1 and NEWS 24 on Sunday mornings.


Libby Baulch

Libby Baulch is Policy Director at Copyright Agency, a non-profit rights management organisation that collects and distributes copyright fees and royalties for photographers, artists, writers and publishers. Prior to that, Libby was head of the Australian Copyright Council, an organisation that provides advice, information, training and advocacy services to photographers and others.



Chris Shain

Chris Shain is a passionate photographer and image maker and spends most of his waking hours immersed in some kind of photo related activity! He is also a successful commercial photographer with 30 years experience making creative photographs on location for a wide range of clients in the corporate, industrial and architectural industries. He has documented major infrastructure projects, produced high quality images for annual reports and capability brochures, as well as architectural photography of domestic housing, significant heritage structures and major public buildings.

Following tertiary education as an engineer, He began his career working as assistant, including 10 years working alongside the Australian photographic icon David Moore. His work has been published widely in Australia and overseas. He has personal work in the Australian Photographers Collection and has been a finalist 3 times in the Head On portrait prize. In a recent “Capture” magazine survey he was voted by his peers as one of the top ten commercial photographers in Australia, Chris is also a regular lecturer at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. He is a member of the American Society of Media photographers (ASMP), was made an Associate member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and is currently a director of the Australian Copyright Council.

He has wide respect within the photographic community around the world and has spoken to many photographers groups, government and the media on issues relating to photography and the photo industry. He was an integral part of an industry team that were successful in making amendments to section 35(5) of the copyright act in 1998

Chris has just returned from the CEPIC congress in London, where he represented photographer interests on panel discussions on the future of commercial photography. Funding support from the CAL cultural fund and the AIPP enabled this trip to occur.



This event has concluded
Entry Fee: Free
Exhibition Event:
Official Opening 02/06/2012 4:00 am
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