Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s largest photo festival and the world’s second largest festival. Heading into its fourth year, Head On celebrated a wide range of photography across all genres from photojournalism and reportage through commercial to fine-art.
HUGH STEWART ‘The Still Life’
This is a new body of work from the internationally acclaimed photographer Hugh Stewart, who’s recent portraits of Baz Luhrmanns The Great Gatsby cast were featured exclusively in Vogue Magazine internationally. Hugh explores his passion of still life photography, creating gestural relationships between every day objects, nature, iconography and the viewer.
Hugh Stewart was born in New Zealand and grew up on a farm. The eldest of 7 children, he displayed no interest in farming, and after school absconded to Europe. It was while residing in a notorious London squat in the early 1980s that he first picked up a camera and started taking portraits of his friends. Following a particularly spectacular eviction, he returned, via New York, to the Southern Hemisphere. This time Sydney. It was here, faced with the prospect of unemployment, he put together a portfolio and received his first assignment, (for Australian VOGUE). This led to further commissions for magazines and advertising agencies.
He has photographed amongst others Johnny Cash, Michael Caine, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Kenneth Branagh, Naomi Watts, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Catherine Deneuve, Clint Eastwood, Harvey Weinstein, Julian Schnabel, Rod Stewart, Sir John Mills, Sir Ian McKellen, John Updike, Leonardo Dicaprio, Bill Nighy, David Hare, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett and The Duchess of Devonshire.
His photographs have been hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London and in Canberra
Hugh Stewart lives between NY, London and Sydney, and has worked for I-D, The Face, British, Australian, French and American VOGUE, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Sony, HBO, Microsoft, Levis, J. Crew, Singapore Airlines, Emirates airlines,The Sydney Theatre company, MasterCard and Chanel.
RINA V ‘A Girl Who Sees the Lyrics’
Rina V- In 1991 an article about my haiku verses was published. The title was ‘A girl who sees the lyrics.’ This article encouraged me to try to visualise some of the characteristic haiku lines through the medium of photography. By reading each haiku, I am trying to visually construct and note down.
Born in Novi Sad in 1986, Rina graduated in 2010 at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Her works have been shown in group exhibitions in many places in the Serbia and abroad. Some of them: Phodar Biennial 2011, Bulgaria; Exhibition Unreal: Directed, Designed and Surreal images, 1650 Gallery, LosAngeles; IMP (International Meeting of photography Plovdiv), Bulgaria; Zagreb Photography Salon, Museum Mimara, Croatia… Awards include a Commendation on Sony World Photography awards (2011), Finalist of the 31st annual College Photography Contest in Santa Barbara Canada (2011), PSA Gold Medal Maribor Photo Salon (2012), FIAP Bronze Medal Zagreb Salon (2012), SIEP Merit Sidney International Exhibition of Photography (2012).