SHORTS AND BRIEFS: April 11

Black Eye Gallery closes space, moves online… BIFB announces Yellow Dot fundraiser… Elinchrom ditches Photokina… Getty backs women photographers…

Black Eye Gallery closes space, moves online
Black Eye Gallery in Sydney, a leading exhibition space dedicated to contemporary photography, quietly shut its doors in February after one last exhibition, but will return to showcase work online.
The closure of the space will last for at least two years, with exhibitions planned for re-open in 2020. In the meantime operations are moving online, where Black Eye Gallery will continue to showcase photography.

Tom Evangelidis, Black Eye Gallery director, will work toward building an international profile by having a presence at art fairs. So there’s plans to revive the space at some stage.

For now, Tom is working toward the online launch.

The gallery was founded in 2013 at an enviable location on Darlinghurst Road.

It hosted scores of exhibitions from local and international photo artists.

This is the second Sydney venue dedicated to photography to close its doors in 12 months, with Stills Gallery shutting in mid-2017 after 25 years.

BIFB announces Yellow Dot fundraiser
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) will host its major Yellow Dot fundraiser over two events this year, with a Ballarat and Melbourne event running between the end of April and the start of May.

For $160 attendees can purchase a print by an emerging or established photographer – with well-known names like John Gollings, Maggie Diaz, Adam Ferguson, Ponch Hawkes, and Prue Stent in the mix, along with other collectable photos.

But it’s a lucky dip, and with 150 prints up for grabs there’s plenty to choose from.

The way it works is someone buys a Yellow Dot (formerly known as a Red Dot), then attends the exhibition. Names are randomly selected, and the first person to be chosen selects a print.

This process continues until there’s only one dot and one print remaining.

The fun of the process is that, given the prints are anonymous, it isn’t exactly clear who took what photo until it’s been taken from the wall – it’s a bit of a guessing game. Some prints are rare ‘one off’ archival pieces which can retail for far more than the price of a dot, others are not – but all images are of high quality.

Those who cannot attend but still want to be involved can purchase a dot and then provide a preference of images to organisers, who will pick a print based on the preference and what’s available.

Click here to view the catalogue.

Ballarat
Monday April 30
Mitchelll Harris Wines
38 Doveton St North, Ballarat
6-8:30pm

Melbourne
Thursday May 3
Eleven40 Gallery
1140 Malvern Rd, Malvern
6-8:30pm

Elinchrom ditches Photokina
Swiss lighting manufacturer, Elinchrom, will not partake in the 2018 Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany.

Elinchrom attributed the decision to Photokina, the world’s largest photographic trade show, repositioning itself as an annual event run over four days, rather than a six day event which hosted every two years.

‘After close to 30 successive participations we feel this is a transitional year for photokina and this break will help Elinchrom to analyse and refocus on what is really important for our customers in the coming years,’ said Simon Whittle, CEO of Elinchrom, in a statement.

After the 2018 Photokina trade show in September, the 2019 version will roll around eight months later in May, 2019. Such a short break between events likely has other exhibitors considering whether the cost is worthwhile.

Elinchrom also cited major changes in the photo industry.

DIY Photography blog heard rumours last month that Elinchrom wouldn’t exhibit at Photokina, along with Profoto and Canon.

If the two other rumours are true, Photokina may be in serious trouble. The absence of two leading lighting manufacturers along with the biggest camera company would be noticeable on the show floor.

Getty backs women photographers
Getty Images has announced a new grant aimed at promoting gender diversity in photojournalism, in partnership with Women Photograph.

The US$10,000 grant will support an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story.

Open for entries until May 15, the Getty Images Women Photograph Grant forms part of the stock agency’s grants program, which has provided over US$1.3 million since 2004.

The Getty Images Women Photograph Grant will be judged by an acclaimed industry-leading panel including:
– Mallory Benedict, Managing Director, Women Photograph and Photo Editor, National Geographic;
– Sandy Ciric, Director of Photography, Getty Images;
– Shaminder Dulai, Managing Editor, NBC Left Field;
– Sandra Stevenson, Picture Editor, The New York Times;
– Ariel Zambelich, Senior Photo Editor, The Intercept.


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