Australian Photobook of the Year Awards

IT WAS MY HONOUR to chair the judging panel for the self-published category of this year’s Australian Photobook of The Year Awards. The winner was Jordan Madge for his book ‘Red Herring’, which he both photographed and designed. Jordan Madge is a 21-year-old artist with a Bachelor of Photography from Photography Studies College, Melbourne. His book … Continue reading

GUATEMALA: GuatePhoto

> IN 2015, Alasdair Foster was invited by the organisers of GuatePhoto festival to create an exhibition introducing some examples of Asian art photography to the country. The resulting exhibition, ‘To Seem and to Be’ was an exploration of the challenges of how photography, as an art of surfaces, might lead viewers to seek deeper … Continue reading

To Seem and to Be

IN 2015, Alasdair Foster was invited by the organisers of GuatePhoto festival to create an exhibition introducing some examples of Asian art photography to the country. The resulting exhibition, ‘To Seem and to Be’ was an exploration of the challenges of how photography, as an art of surfaces, might lead viewers to seek deeper insights … Continue reading

A Conversation of Memories

: :: Patricia Casey :: Erika Diettes :: Tomoko Hayashi :: Paula Luttringer :: :: Suk Kuhn Oh :: Wendy Sacks :: Diana Thorneycroft :: ~ :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: : This is the catalogue to an exhibition presented at the 2015 PhotoVisa photography festival, Krasnodar, Russia. The exhibition brings together artists from Argentina, … Continue reading

The Art of Connection

IN 2015, VIVAPHOTO was ten years old. Based in Krasnodar in southern Russia, this collective of photographers organises, among other things, the annual PhotoVisa festival in the city. To celebrate their anniversary, VivaPhoto published a book looking back over the preceding decade. They asked Alasdair Foster to write a short text to include within the … Continue reading

Photography and Remembering

:: Memory Holds the Future :: This is an edited version of a speech given by Alasdair Foster at the opening of ‘A Conversation of Memories’ at the Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (КИСИ) on 15 October 2015. Curated by Alasdair Foster and presented by PhotoVisa festival, the exhibition brings together work by seven artists … Continue reading

RUSSIA: PhotoVisa 2015

Conversation of Memories > Patricia Casey (Australia) Erika Diettes (Colombia) Tomoko Hayashi (Japan) Paula Luttringer (Argentina) Suk Kuhn Oh (Republic of Korea) Wendy Sacks (USA) Diana Thorneycroft (Canada)   IN 2015, Alasdair Foster was commissioned by PhotoVisa festival to create an exhibition for the Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (КИСИ) exploring the festival theme of … Continue reading

Dream Home

:: Dream Home :: Sian Bonnell :: Magdalena Bors :: Hillerbrand+Magsamen :: Suk Kuhn Oh :: Viktoria Sorochinski :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: This is the catalogue to an exhibition presented at the 2015 Pingyao International Photography Festival, China’s largest and longest-running festival of photomedia arts. Here four artists and one artistic partnership explore that most … Continue reading

Victoriana. Pleasure Garden

Not-So-Simple Pleasures On Saturday 29 August, it was my great pleasure to open an exhibition by the talented Melbourne duo Gerard O’Connor and Marc Wasiak. To introduce their work here are some shots of the installation and event, along with the text of my opening speech… :: In 1861 Albert, the Prince Consort, died. Queen … Continue reading

Dream Home, China

:: DREAM HOME This year, CDC will present the work of four artists and one artistic partnership at China’s largest and longest-running photo festival, the Pingyao International Photograph Festival. Each explores the psychological dislocations between the consumerist ‘dream’, domestic convention and the complex, sometimes dissonant, interior life of the individual. Hailing from four continents, they … Continue reading

Why Photographs are Important – GCCAG Speech

:: Gold Coast City Art Gallery Dinner in Honour of Mrs Win Schubert, AO :: Text of a short speech by the writer and curator, Alasdair Foster : : The celebrated curator, historian and critic, John Szarkowski, described the art of photography as having two distinct, but interconnected, modes. On the one hand, a photograph could be … Continue reading

One Million Dollar Gift

~ Major Photography Award Assured a Long Future ~ CDC’s Alasdair Foster spoke at the dinner on 9 May held in honour of Mrs Win Schubert AO, who has given one million dollars to the Gold Coast City Art Gallery to allow them to run the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award in perpetuity. Since … Continue reading

POOL GRANT 2015

~ Congratulations to Lyndal Irons winner of the 2015 Pool Grant The grant provides $10,000 to an emerging artist to enable them to create a body of photographs to be exhibited twelve months later at the next award ceremony. The award is organised and presented by the Pool Collective, a group of eminent Australian photographers who put their … Continue reading

‘Compulsion’ Tours Spain

~ MAGDALENA BORS EXHIBITION TOURS IN SPAIN ‘The Art of Domestic Compulsion’, an exhibition of work by the Melbourne-based artist Magdalena Bors, curated by Alasdair Foster, will tour Spain for the next ten months. Commissioned by Galleri Image and now forming part of its permanent collection, the exhibition received rave reviews in Denmark before touring … Continue reading

The Art of Domestic Compulsion

: :: Magdalena Bors :: Curator and writer: Alasdair Foster   This is the catalogue for an exhibition by the Australian artist, Magdalena Bors. The exhibition is currently touring in Europe through a partnership between Galleri Image in Denmark and Cultural Development Consulting in Sydney, with support in Spain from the Centro Andaluz de la … Continue reading

Featured Artist: Virginie Maillard

~ ~ “Images of an evolving past in the context of crisis”   Virginie Maillard   INSTITUTIONS HAVE A DUTY to be stable, noble, enduring. Or at least we might wish them to be. An institution is a both a structure and an ideal. It might be a cathedral or a parliament or a court. It … Continue reading

Roberto Fernández Ibáñez

~ “Photography is working with me, on me, through me. In every sincere artist, art expresses itself through them. For me, photography is a Way…” Roberto Fernández Ibáñez ~ RARIS AVIBUS  are indeed rare birds, caught in the space between the real and the imagined; they survive thanks to the diligence of one man: Roberto Fernández … Continue reading

Dona Schwartz

~ “Everyday living is a feat worth exploring and celebrating” Dona Schwartz ~ THERE ARE TWO MOMENTS in domestic life that clang shut like gates. There can be no return. One is the arrival of the first child, the other the departure of the last. Before there were just the two of you, each the … Continue reading

The Black Islands – part two

~ QUALITY AND THE CROWD ~ Back in November 2012, I wrote about a crowd-funding project by the photographer Ben Bohane. Based in Vanuatu, Ben has created an image archive that is now the most comprehensive visual document anywhere of the life and times of the Pacific islands of Melanesia. His fund-raising was successful and … Continue reading

PhotoWorld 2014

~ Latin America–China Extending the Conversation ~ Following the highly successful series of interviews with Australian photomedia artists published in ‘PhotoWorld’  in 2013, the Chinese magazine has commissioned Alasdair Foster to write a further 12 articles based on conversations with photographers in Latin America. 2014 opened with the Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes  whose work features on the … Continue reading

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