Image detail: Demetris Koilalous, “Untitled” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

With Father’s Day right around the corner, what’s a better gift than a photo print or coffee table book from Head On? Your dad might want to indulge his artsy side, or may just need something to fill that blank bit of wall in his man-cave.

We have assembled a collection of nine limited-edition, ready-to-hang photographs from our archives, taken by Australian and international artists who have been featured in Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival. Combining the picturesque and nostalgic with the cutting-edge and confronting, these photographs bring together the best of Head On, which strives to capture a range of insights into our fascinating world.

In addition to our 8 photographs, we also have a limited sale of our book Paper Tigers, an anthology of critical Australian photojournalism conducted throughout the world, containing 60 images that provoke thoughtful insights and conversations.

There’s a gift here for every dad, guardian and mentor; each with its own story to tell.

Your purchase will help both the artists themselves and Head On Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting established and emerging photographers from Australia and around the world.

Image: Craig Holmes, “Of caravans on canvas / Ashton Circus” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

“In the Ashton Circus series I set out to capture the human face of the circus, I wanted to investigate the individuals within and explore their environment. To go beyond the curtains and the arena, to share their passion and capture portraits of them immersed in the light of their canvas theatre.”

– Craig Holmes

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Image: Lulu Pinkus, “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

Lulu Pinkus’ mesmerising photo collages have always reflected the fluctuating nature of Australia’s climate. This collection of dried flowers, edited to look almost like a painting, reflects the transition from winter to spring through both the seasonal choice of flowers and the warm colours. Pinkus’ highly imaginative work aims to provide an escape from the noise of everyday life and into a more serene state of peace.

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Image: Peng Xiangjie, “The second dimension / Cosplay” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

Photographs from Peng Xianjie’s series The second dimension were taken in various cities all around China (Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Luoyang, Jinan and Kunming) to document a widespread phenomenon among the young generations’ subculture: Cosplay festivals. The work does not focus on the content of the stories these young people have to narrate or on the reasons behind the birth of this expressive medium, it is in fact concerned about the slight border between fictional and real, and the psychedelic dimension where they are reunited.

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Image: Marcus Lyon, “José Maria Carvalho Ferreira” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

Marcus Lyon’s series Somos Brasil draws together three elements of identity: visual, spoken and genetic, together to cast light on the personal, social and cultural diversity of Brazil. The work amplifies the stories of those nominated and encourages us to reflect on our own identities and roles in society.

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Image: Jasmine Poole, “Middle Kingdoms” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

Jasmine Poole’s series Middle Kingdoms is an exploration of Chinese restaurants and their owners in regional and rural NSW. Over the past 50 years, the Chinese restaurant has become a notable part of Australian culture, representing immigrant histories and cultural exchange at a time when Australia was a very different place. These kingdoms, scattered across NSW, symbolise more than just a place to have a meal. For many migrants they were a life-changing opportunity enabling a journey to belonging, shaping the Australian landscape as we know it today. 

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Image: Michael Jalaru Torres, “SKIN” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

“I am an Indigenous photographer and media professional from Broome, Western Australia. As a Djugan and Yawuru man with tribal connections to Jabirr Jabirr and Gooniyandi people, I am inspired by the unique landscapes and people of the Kimberley region, which feature prominently in my work.”

– Michael Jalaru Torres

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Image: Oded Wagenstein, “The Convoy” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

While exploring the Yamal Peninsula of Siberia in March 2017, Oded Wagenstein captured this convoy of reindeer, migrating over the frozen River Ob. They belong to the Serotteto (white reindeer) family, a Nenets clan of just 128 people. The Serotteto have managed to connect to the modern world while maintaining their nomadic traditions, though their children’s insistence on staying up late to watch TV has pushed forward the time to pack up and migrate! 

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Image: Demetris Koilalous, “Untitled” (Head On Photo Festival 2018)

This image from Demetris Koilalous’ series Heterotopia: the promised land examines Israel’s attempt to tame the hostile Palestinian desert, raising questions about the relationships between land, heritage and authority. Koilalous sees in this landscape a sense of Michel Foucault’s “Heterotopia”, a place where ideals meet reality, or in this case where philosophy and identity meet space and geography.

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Image (L to R): Paper Tigers photobook cover. Paper Tigers flatlay of David Dare Parker’s page.

A celebration of the best of Australian photojournalism, Paper Tigers features 60 images from 60 of the best Australian photojournalists. The need for truthful journalism has never been more critical. It is through the lens of these photographers that we understand and experience much of the world’s events. Look back at the most critical moments through recent Australian history, and the images by which we remember them. 

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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 open in May/June.

Image detail: Gary Ramage