Events and Public Programs

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The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) presents a range of Events and Public Programs which take place alongside the exhibitions. The programs aim to engage visitors with the artworks, artists and concepts in the exhibitions and to provide a greater understanding of photography. Programs include talks by artists, curators and industry professionals, masterclasses, guided tours and other special events.

ACP also provides an extensive range of photography courses.

Photostart Opening Night

Photostart Opening Night

Term 2, 2014 Students

6–8pm Thursday 21 August 2014
Free Admission

Join us for opening night of the third instalment of our pop-up exhibition Photostart for 2014.

This unique event showcases the best student works from our photographic courses from Term 2 2014 and is an exciting platform to present new and emerging photographers.

Gaze upon the work of our students and get a sense of the creativity and skill that can emerge from our photographic courses.

Entry is free and no RSVP is required.

Bring your friends and family along to this celebration of new photographic talent.


22 August - 24 August 2014

Photostart is curated by Australian Centre for Photography and is part of the ACP's education program and our commitment to supporting emerging photographers and the wider photographic community.

IMAGE © Ashleigh Millet Untitled 2014, Courtesy and © the artist

Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions

Peter Solness and Murray Vanderveer - Landscape Photography

2–4pm Sunday 24 August 2014
Free Admission

This month’s Sunday Session will be presented by landscape photographers Peter Solness and Murray Vanderveer. These two highly respected landscape photographers are collaborating with the ACP to produce extraordinary courses around landscape photography and its process from file to print.

Designed for lovers of fine landscape photography this talk will also discuss the importance of conservation and the potential role landscape photographers can play due to the extraordinary images they produce.

In this exciting session Peter Solness will discuss his 30-year journey as a photographer, culminating in his current success as Australia's leading exponent of 'light painting’. Murray Vanderveer will discuss his past work with the National Parks and Wildlife service, and his current involvement in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), being held in Sydney, November this year.

Peter and Murray are working with the IUCN World Parks Congress team and are engaged in the “Saved” photography exhibition and competition which is part of the congress activities.

Join Peter and Murray at our gallery on Sunday 24 August for this rare opportunity to learn from two of Australia's most experienced and active landscape photographers.


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IMAGE © Peter Solness Untitled 2014, Courtesy and © the artist

Artist Talk

Artist Talk

In Conversation: Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong

2–4pm Saturday 30 August 2014
Free Admission

Join International award-wining photographer and journalist Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong as they talk about their striking multimedia installation Poppy – Trails of Afghan Heroin.

With two decades of travels across the globe and three years of production, Poppy draws you deeper into the international path of heroin production, distribution and use, revealing the dark side of globalisation.

The artists will discuss what is documentary photography today and how they explore new forms of storytelling.


This event is presented in association with Reportage 2014 and Paradox

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IMAGE © Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong Poppy field in Balkh, Afghanistan from Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin 2004, Courtesy and © the artists

Lecture: Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin

Lecture: Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin

Hosted in partnership with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and Media Arts & Production, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UTS

6:30–8pm Tuesday 2 September 2014
Free Admission

In the 21st century, globalization has opened up the world for better and for worse. While we all welcome the virtues and advantages of an open society, Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin, tells a different story: of a world facing destabilization as a result of multiple threats. Drugs, armed conflict, transnational crime, corruption, chronic poverty, and the spread of HIV/AIDS; Poppy shows how closely they are all intertwined.

Join award-winning International photojournalists Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong as they guide audiences through the entire production process of their multi-platform exhibition, tracing Heroin from the Poppy fields of Afghanistan to the concrete jungle of London.

In many ways Poppy challenges the current direction documentary photography is moving towards. Knoth and de Jong believe storytelling is the most important aspect to master for any documentary maker. Therefore in the process of making Poppy Knoth and de Jong stripped the project to its raw core: storytelling.

The lecture will be held in the Performance space, Ground floor, Bon Marche building, University of Technology, Sydney, 755 Harris St, Ultimo.

Bookings open soon

About the speakers

Robert Knoth is an internationally renowned documentary photographer. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide. In recent years Knoth’s work has seen a shift towards a more contemporary approach that aims to show the complexity of various social, economical or political issues and the effects they have on the lives of ordinary people.

Antoinette de Jong is a writer, photographer and broadcaster, based in the Netherlands. Her work includes in depth reporting and documentaries for the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO and Radio Netherlands World Service and the BBC World Service. She has worked in many conflict areas including Somalia, Iraq, Former Yugoslavia, and has covered developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost two decades.

Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin is produced by Paradox (Edam, Netherlands)

This exhibition is supported by

Reportage Festival of Photography

Mondriaan Fonds


Hosted in partnership with

IMAGE © Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong Balkh province, Afghanistan from Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin 2003, Courtesy and © the artists

Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions

Lyndal Irons - Documentary Photography

2–3:30pm Sunday 21 September 2014
Free Admission

Documentary photographer Lyndal Irons has shot lesser known sports, topless bars and traffic arteries in a series of photographic challenges that have become a body of work.

Lyndal has been recognised as one of the top emerging photographers in Australia by SOYA and Capture magazine, has had work purchased by the State Library of New South Wales, and is currently exhibiting as part of the Elizabeth Street Gallery 2014 featured photographer near Central Station.

In her Sunday Session presentation Lyndal will look at the process of finding your feet as a photographer in reference to her own ever-evolving portfolio, and discuss the value of trial and error in attempting to capture difficult subject matter.


This event is part of Reportage 2014

IMAGE © Lyndal Irons Untitled 2014, Courtesy and © the artist