Shot in the Heart of Melbourne, a group photography exhibition featuring 26 independent Victorian photographers and 156 street photographs, was on display at the Victorian Artists’ Society for two weeks in 2012.
Victorian Artists Society
430 Albert Street, East Melbourne Victoria, 3002
: Wednesday, 20th June, 10:00am – 4:00pm
: Thursday, 21st June to Monday, 2nd July
: Tuesday, 3rd July, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Mon to Fri: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday, 22nd June, 2012, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
For some time, several RedBubble photographers have been talking about the potential for a real, flesh and blood exhibition of Street Photography & Photojournalism.
Our first call out (8 August, 2011) revealed a very strong interest to stage a real exhibition, in or close to Melbourne’s CBD, featuring photographs of Melbourne by RedBubble photographers who are passionate about images from the “street”, presented in the style of the Street Photography & Photojournalism genre.
At the same time, RedBubble management featured a community exhibition titled
50 Breathtaking Examples Of Street Photography And Photojournalism by RedBubble, and the member response was astounding.
In recent times it has seemed that this time-honoured, traditional art form of Street Photography has been overshadowed by the flood of the more contemporary studio, staged, set-up, composite, digitally manipulated and heavily processed genres of photography. The digital camera and computer-based, processing techniques have created a more “eye candy” style of photography that tends to elbow its way to the front of exhibitions and competitions. Street Photography celebrates the art of capturing a compelling subjects in the real world, presented in unadorned photographs.
There are many aficionados of traditional “street photography” who are very passionate about those fleeting images: taken outside in the real world; on the street; in the rain; on trains and trams; in shops and malls; where people are themselves, acting naturally; and where our unrehearsed lives happen every single day. Those who love this genre of photography know the feeling of elation when they capture something truly unique, fleeting, decisive and graceful.
Our exhibition showcases Street Photography & Photojournalism in Melbourne, by Melbourne & Victorian based photographers, as a way of honouring the beauty and meaning of our real world, as truthfully and artistically as possible.
This site “Shot in the Heart of Melbourne”, is the virtual nursery for the real exhibition. Each contributing photographer has a single page allocated to them to display some of their finest works in the Street Photography & Photojournalism genre.
The “rules” for the photography that will comprise this exhibition are generally based on those accepted for photojournalism and are as follows:
The photographers contributing to this Exhibition instinctively embrace the “spirit” of this event because they are passionate about photographs of the real world, presented in an unadorned style.
“Shot in the Heart of Melbourne” is a self-curated exhibition, cooperatively managed and staged by the featured photographers. Because this group of photographers has enthusiasm, skill and passion, we believe we can do this. And if RedBubblers are anything at all, they are artists brimming over with these essential qualities.
Some useful Resource Links
These RedBubble Groups showcase the genre of photography that will be the core subject of this Exhibition. Have a wander through their galleries, or explore those of some of their members.
Street-photography and Photojournalism
All Street Portraiture
This article describes the fundamentals of Street Photography in its purist form.
Street Photography by Larry Grayam
This Journal Article by RedBubble honours the genre of Street Photography & Photojournalism
50 Breathtaking Examples Of Street Photography And Photojournalism by RedBubble
May 14, 2012