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Oculi Photo Collective Newsletter # 2: July 2013

United by a shared commitment to the power of photography, Oculi offers a poetic visual narrative of our times and our region through eleven distinctive styles and perspective. At the heart of our projects, both commissioned and personal, lies a central conviction – to reveal the beauty, wonder and struggle within everyday life; to show the extraordinary in the ordinary.
 


News


Various members of Oculi were interviewed in both domestic and international press regarding the censorship controversy at the Reportage Festival in Sydney in June/July.
Some included:
The GuardianABC TV NewsThe Sydney Morning HeraldABC Online and Crikey

 

 
Projects
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Tamara Voninski has published two new bodies of work Lingering Days and In search of the Nullarbor Nymph.
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Claire Martin’s latest series Nimbin completes a triptych series titled The Misfits, about marginalisation in developed countries and profiling communities in Canada, USA and Australia. 
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Publications and Press
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In partnership with Blurb Books Australia, Oculi published the book Oculi: Home. In collaboration with Blurb books and Epson, Oculi gave visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to create their very own, personalised book by sequencing images from the exhibition in an order of their choosing. The exhibition was held at Cleland Bond in the Rocks. 


 

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Raphaela Rosella and Claire Martin were both published in Take Magazine, Issue 3: The Take/Reportage Issue
Raphaela’s work was also published by Youngbloods Edition 2013 through the Queensland Centre for Photography. Available for purchase through the QCP for $15. 


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Lee Grant was interviewed by the Meander Journal and a selection of her work from an ongoing artist residency featured in Volume 6 of Smith Journal.
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David Maurice Smith was published in The Heart of the Nation page in the Weekend Australian Magazine in May.
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In a busy few months, Andrew Quilty covered the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing for The Australian. He also photographed a man claiming to be Jesus Christ for a story by Matt Siegel for The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend Magazine. More recently, Andrew was profiled in the lead up to the Reportage Festival on the French website Le Journal de La Photographie
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In an exclusive for Fairfax Media , Nick Moir photographed the discovery of a lost Angkor city in the mountains of Cambodia. Under embargo for several months for scientific confirmation, the images were finally released as a multimedia piece on the Fairfax website and in newspapers and was quickly picked up internationally. The resulting series The Lost City, can now be viewed on the Oculi website
 
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Germany’s GEOlino magazine commissioned Andrew Quilty and Tamara Voninski to photograph and conduct interviews with two young children from a total of six from around the world who had experienced natural disasters in recent years. The interviews can be seen here.
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Exhibitions and Events 
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Four women, Four visions, Four stories, Four corners: Featuring the work of Jodi Bieber, Tamara Dean, Claire Martin and Raphaela Rosella. An exhibition curated by Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario and a featured part of the 2013 Reportage Festival. 4 Stories investigates four different perspectives of four award winning female documentary photographers.
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As part of the Reportage Festival, Andrew Quilty, James Brickwood and Donna Bailey, were featured in a group exhibition at the new Surry Hills gallery 10x8.
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Lee Grant and Raphaela Rosella alongside Tamara Dean and Paula Bronstein spoke of their personal experiences at a Vivid/Reportage event Women Documenting: The Experiences of Emerging and Accomplished Documentary Female Photographers, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney.

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Several Oculi members enjoyed a panel discussion at the Museum of Contemporary Arts as part of Semi-Permanent Objective/Subjective.
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 Raphaela Rosella’s exhibition of ‘You didn’t take away my future, you gave me a new one’  was held at The Queensland Centre for Photography in Brisbane, Australia.

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With the help of Oculi Members Dean Sewell and Andrew Quilty, the Palisade Hotel at the top of Miller’s Point was brought back to life with an unauthorised exhibition of photographs from the surrounding streets. Also responsible for the Elizabeth Street and King George Galleries, the group who call themselves "Red Door Society" aim to bring photography to the streets – the very place from which its images are taken. Watch the video.

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Claire Martin exhibited her triptych series Les Declasses (The Misfits) at the Image Singulieres Festival, in Sete, France.


Awards and Achievements
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David Maurice Smith was awarded Australian Emerging Documentary Photographer of the Year by Capture Magazine and the $10,000 Pool Grant for 2013 to continue work on his project Living in the Shadows. He was also selected as one of 6 finalists in the Anthropographia  Awards for Human Rights, Multimedia Category and listed as a finalist for the 2013 HeadOn Portrait Prize.
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Donna Bailey graduated from La Trobe University with a PhD. Bailey's thesis topic, "Childhood Belonging: The Place of the Child and Adolescent in Contemporary Australian Photography" examined notions of performance in photography, the child’s process of identity formation and the role that the Australian landscape plays in our historical and contemporary imaginings. 
 

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Raphaela received an Honorable Mention in the Foto Visura Spotlight Grant for her project You didn’t take away my future you gave me a new one. She was also runner-up in the Sydney Morning Herald Emerging Documentary Photographer Scholarship and has been nominated for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass by the Australian and New Zealand Committee. 

Travel and Whereabouts

James Brickwood will again be travelling to Germany  in July. Berlin from 12th -19th July. Then Freiburg 20th July - September 9th.
                                                                                                                                                                           
Tamara Voninski is based in Broome, Western Australia.  Geographically located in the Kimberley region of WA and within reach of Northern Territory and Perth, 
she is available for assignments.
 
Claire Martin has relocated to Los Angeles USA.
 
Andrew Quilty continues to divide his time between New York and Australia.

Dean Sewell is in Russia on assignment for Ria Novosti.
 

 



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