To mark the fortieth anniversary of The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP), Photofile Magazine (in its thirtieth year, itself) has produced a stunning publication which looks back at the photographic medium, in Australia, in recent decades.
The cover alone – illustrated with a newly (re)-discovered colour photograph of Narelle Autio’s from her and partner, Trent Parke’s momentus 90,000km journey throughout Australia in 2003 – is one of the most pleasing that I’ve come across on the newsstand in many-a-month.
As well as a brief look into that couple’s “B-Sides” edit from that trip which were on show at the Hugo Michell Gallery in Adelaide recently, there are stories on the obsession of the American road, the influential American curator and historian, John Szarkowski and his visit to Sydney, the coming of indigenous photographer, Michael Riley and Sydney’s omnipresent William Yang and his valuable work from the gay community in the 1990’s.
I was also fortunate enough to be present to document an interview conducted by outgoing Director of The ACP, Kon Gouriotis, with the original director, Graham Howe on his thoughts of the trajectory of the institution which he helped to found four decades ago. An edited transcript of the interview can also be found in the issue.
Photofile magazine, which re-launched under the editorship of former Art & Australia managing editor, Michael Fitzgerald earlier this year is a smart, thoughtful publication. It’s a welcome relief from the countless magazines of photographic techniques and photoshop skills that one has to wade through at the newsagent when looking for pieces of actual photographic interest.
12 September, 2013