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We continue with our series about collectives and are delighted to introduce another homegrown group, this time of street photographers – the Unexposed Collective. 

Co-founded in January 2018 by Rebecca Wiltshire and Julia Coddington, the Unexposed Collective sees itself as a kind of ‘anti-collective’. Julia tells us that, “The Collective is a response to the elitism of traditional collectives, where members are invited to join. The Unexposed Collective is open to all, but only the work of female, non-binary and intersex photographers is featured on our platforms.”

When Julia and Rebecca first created the collective, it only featured Australian work, but in 2020, after friends overseas expressed a desire to join, they opened it up internationally. They created two regional branches – Unexposed Australasia and Unexposed South Asia. Each one caters to photographers in one region and providing a unique opportunity for members to connect at a regional and a cultural level. 

The collective has exhibited in Head On Photo Festival with Exposed in 2019 and Double Trouble in 2020, which also toured to Brisbane. The Unexposed Collective photographers are very sociable and keen to give artists talks and organise other special events. You can follow the Australian group and see their work on their Instagram.

You’ll be able to read more about the Unexposed Collective and other collectives in the first edition of Head On Interactional, our upcoming online magazine. Don’t miss this one – it’s due to launch August/September.


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Head On Foundation (est. 2008) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting photographers' work at all career stages. We encourage excellence and innovation, make photography accessible to all, and raise awareness of important issues through the medium. The Foundation's main activities are Head On Photo Festival and Head On Awards (Portrait, Landscape, and Student photographic prizes) and an annual program of collaborative projects. Head On Foundation is a bridge between Australian and international photography markets. The festival has toured in the US, China, India, Europe, and New Zealand, introducing the global arts community to the wealth of photographic talent Australia possesses.

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