Head On Photo Festival 2013: top picks

Head On Photo Festival 2013: top picks

Head On is Australia’s biggest festival photography, and the world’s second largest. There are over 200 events at 100 different venues, including the Head On Portrait Prize, the Head Off Landscape Prize, and the Reportage Photography Festival (which is also part of Vivid Sydney).

The beauty of it? It operates on the philosophy of “inclusivity” – the merit of the work, not the celebrity of the photographer, is what counts.

It's just kicked off on the 17th of May and runs in a variety of locations around Sydney until June 23.

But where to begin? Here’s a guide, depending on how you feel.

Plus, check out the gallery for a teaser of what's on offer at Reportage.

You want to: learn

From two world-renowned, award-winning Magnum photographers about the places photojournalism has taken them
Chris Steele-Perkins and Eli Reed in conversation with curator Anni Turnbull, 5.15-6pm, Wednesday, 22 May

From a photographer, writer, curator and human rights activist
Shahidul Alam 4.30-6pm, Monday, May 20

About the experiences of emerging and accomplished female documentary photographers – Tamara Dean, Raphaela Rosella, Lee Grant and Paula Bronstein
Women Documenting, part of Vivid Ideas, 9am-1pm, Sunday 2 June

How to use technology in ways you never have before
Benjamin Lowy: Mobile Phone Publishing, 21-22 May

By getting your portfolio reviewed by some of the best – Monday 20 May

You want to: travel abroad

To China in Paul Westlake’s Ambition, Resignation, Alienation, 17 May-6 June

To Russia in Alexandra Demenkova’s Fragile Land, 17-22 May

To Afghanistan in Benjamin Lowy’s iAfghanistan, 28 April-22 July

To Lebanon in Paul Blackmore’s New Beirut, 15-22 May

To America in Zoe Wetherall’s Aerial Alberquerqe, May 30-June 8

To Photoville – an outdoor exhibition in shipping containers from Brooklyn, NY to Hyde Park, featuring foreclosures in America in Bruce Gilden’s No Place Like Home; photos of Bedford Stuyvesant in Russell Frederick’s Dying Breed; and work by curators Hester Keijser and Pete Brook, Cruel and Unusual – 24 May-13 June

You want to: go local

In Steve Marshall’s City Streets, 22 May-4 June

In Andrea Zubani’s Mono and Chrome, 1 May-30 June

In Elize Strydom’s Small Town Girl, 1-30 June

In Alex Cyreszko and Abdulla M.I. Syed’s Some Other Place, 19 April-22 June

You want to: go Lomo

In 20 Years of Lomography, 4-16 June

In Londonderry Public School students’ You, Me and All of Us

In David Landgren’s Thru A Plastic Lens

In Patrick Boland’s workshop, Introduction to Film and Plastic Cameras, 1 June

In Heleana Genaus’ workshop, Shoot the street Lomo walk, 8 June

You want to: people-watch

In Luciano Vranich’s Journeys With My Mother, 1 May-15 June

In Magnum on Set: Iconic Hollywood Stars, 18 May-23 June

In Belinda Kochanowska’s From Darkness, Light Always Emerges

In David Burnett’s The Presidents: From JFK to Obama, 1 June-18 August

At the Elvis Festival in Fiona Wolf’s In the shadow of The King, 21 May-21 June

You want to: check out some up-and-comers

 9 young Indigenous photographers in Photolines, 17 May-23 June

Photo Imaging students from TAFE in Thru The Lens, 15-28 June

You want to: be moved

By Scott Typaldos’ Waxed in Black, 18 May-22 June

By Shahidul Alam’s Crossfire, 18 May-22 June

By Jimmy Pozarik’s A Year In The Life Of Sydney Children’s Hospital, 15-26 May

By Marvi Lacar’s unlikely This Is A Love Story, 16-27 May


You want to: see things differently

In the group exhibition Ghosting Machine, May 12-June 9

In Justin Harvey’s Time Lines, 4 May-30 June

In Oliver Hopes’ DRAINS 2, 4-29 May

In Tyler Shields’ Suspense, 17 May-6 June

In Gilbert Bel-Bachir’s Looking Through Glass, 22 May-17 June

In various female photographers’ See More Janes, 28 May-8 June

In Jodie Bieber, Tamara Dean, Claire Martin and Raphaella Rosella’s 4 Stories – on 4 massive cubes at Darling Quarter, 23 May-29 June

In the Reportage Festival Screenings on the Vivid Light Walk, 24 May-10 June 

For even more info, head to headon.com.au.

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