Social Gallery: Uncovered | Fiona Wolf

30 January – 25 February 2015

Uncovered shows an extract of Wolf’s growing body of work exploring body image, self-worth and the clichés of portraying ‘the nude’.

Wolf’s practice explores notions of nature and nurture with regard to body and gender representation. Her work examines identity formation as well as the evolution and reinvention of selfhood.

Social Gallery: Electric Forest | Françoise Holtzmacher

26 March – 28 April 2015

Sydney-based, Belgian photographer Françoise Holtzmacher has been documenting wooden telegraph poles in Sydney over the last year. Her series aims to draw attention to the unique and abstract beauty of these ephemeral ‘electric trees’ that are part of our everyday landscape.

Social Gallery: Tutor Show 2015

Marco Bok, Aletheia Casey, Steven Cavanagh, Bill Green, Richard Glover, Glenn Lockitch, Tom Luscombe, Benjamin Stone-Herbert, Murray Vanderveer, Michael Waite & Fiona Wolf-Symeonides.

29 May – 21 July 2015

Showcasing the extraordinary talent that exists within our body of educational tutors, this exhibition features selected work from eleven experienced Sydney-based photographers. From documentary to landscapes, architecture to darkroom this exhibition highlights the diversity and creativity of these practicing photographers and the wealth of experience available to our students.

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Social Gallery: Burnout | Simon Davidson

28 August – 26 October 2015

Over recent decades, Simon Davidson has become recognised as one of Australia’s leading photographers. Self-taught, he began his photographic career working in a monochrome darkroom back when photography was 100% analogue. From there he established a base in New York, then Los Angeles, to assist fashion and portrait photographers. He returned to Australia to further hone his technical skills before shooting full-time in 2002.

Since then Davidson has developed a comprehensive portfolio of personal work that includes solo and group shows and many private commissions. His personal work has been published around the world and has been featured extensively in leading national and global publications and online platforms. While his work is distinguished internationally across a broad spectrum of genres, his primary love is photographing car culture.

Davidson understands cars in a way that few others do; a car is not simply a conveyance, but a statement of identity, a commentary on not just who you are but who you aspire to be. Davidson’s approach to this subject is founded on a deep understanding of the culture and its creators and disciples. As a photographer, he is dedicated to much more than just speed and adrenalin: he is looking to capture the essence of the culture, rather than the simple enthusiasms of its rev-head adherents. With his Burnout series he acknowledges beauty where it’s not immediately obvious. He finds expression in a car spinning its rear wheels with the single purpose of destruction. His images are superbly composed contemplations of the moment. Slices in time that hold the gaze with car, driver and movement balanced in an ideal expression of contemporary art.