Image: Lowell Hunter from First Sight

Since early 2021, Head On Foundation has run First Sight, a mentorship program specifically designed to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers. Produced by Head On Foundation with Indigenous photographer Michael Jalaru Torres, it aimed to provide valuable career skills around curation, exhibition design, printing and framing, writing and PR, working with galleries, and more.

The program included a series of insightful online sessions by industry professionals with Indigenous mentors photographer Michael Torres, legendary photojournalist Barbara McGrady and film producer Pauline Clague on hand to help the photographers get the most out of the program. 

Image: Brendan Blacklock from First Sight

The exhibition First Sight is the culmination of this program, where the program comes together, and the participants put everything they learned into practice. We are very proud of what these photographers have achieved.

We welcome them to our photography community and congratulate them on a wonderful exhibition.

Join us on Sunday 28 November with Milly Hooper, Lowell Hunter and Brendan Blacklock for an artist talk from 4pm in person at Paddington Reservoir Gardens. We’ll hear about the amazing work they created and their experiences of the mentorship program. Book here.

Image: Melinda Hooper from First Sight

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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