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CCP welcomes Isobel Crombie
CCP welcomes Isobel Crombie CCP welcomes Neil Hugh Kenna New Curator Appointed at Centre for Contemporary Photography COVID-19 Closure Winners of the 2019 CCP Membership Drive lottery CCP welcomes Michael McCormack New Director Appointed at the Centre for Contemporary Photography Photography is old, is new and is the future CCP Board acknowledges legacy of Director Artist and Curator Talks Behind the scenes of Entre Nous: Claude Cahun and Clare Rae 30 June Is Approaching – Donate Now! Symposium: The Transit Lounge Leica People's Choice Award New Photographic Folio Critique Program Sign Of The Times Ccp Youth Education—Senior Secondary & Tertiary Manit Sriwanichpoom: The Lambs Of God Call for proposals Teachers Professional Development Program 2008 Kodak Salon People’S Choice Award 2008 Ccp/COLOUR Factory Award Closing Soon Meet The Artist - Bindi Cole Up Against The Wall: Thinking Jeff Wall Intensive Photographic Workshops Macquarie Group Foundation Education Programs Careers in Photography Seminar Scanned and Drawn Lanier Zine Project - Ccp Term 3 Holiday Program 2008 Ccp/COLOUR Factory Award Winner Photographic Folio Critique Program Anne Zahalka’s The Bathers (1989) A Grand Success End of Year Gallery Education Program Free Artist Talk: Saturday 11 October, 1.30PM Ccp Film Appreciation Night: Black, White + Gray Ccp 2008 Free Lecture Series Special Event: You Don’T Have To Call It Music Disquiet Book Launch and Photographic Exhibition 2009 Kodak Salon - Entries close 6 March 2009 Photography Courses with Les Walkling No-BUDGET Staged Photography Workshop Ccp Lecture - Editioning: Photography and Video Ccp School Holiday Program Ccp Professional Development Program National call for entries: Closing 5 June 2009 National Call For Entries: Closing 29 May 2009 Ccp Lectures Now Available As Podcasts Flash Issue 1 2009 Now Online Ccp Members' Evening Want Feedback On Your Photography Folio? Ccp Closed This Sunday 24 May 2009 Flash Issue 3 2009 Now Online Ccp/COLOUR Factory Award 2009 Ccp/RMIT University Lecture Series National Indigenous Photographers' Forum 2009 Ccp Limited Edition Print 2009 Simryn Gill: Inland — Free Public Programs 2010 Kodak Salon - Entries Now Closed An Introduction to Portrait Lighting Workshop Ccp 2010 Annual Report Ccp/MONASH University Lecture 2010 Ccp Lecture Series Event Horizon Lecture Fieldtrip to Inner City Contemporary Art Spaces Ccp at the Melbourne Art Fair Ccp Limited Edition Print 2010 Fundraiser Duelle Video Void Ccp at the Melbourne Art Fair 2010 Public Program: Hidden and in plain view Ccp Summer School For Kids Is Photography Global? Book Launch At Ccp 2012 Courses with Les Walkling Face a l'histoire Members' Evening George Eastman House: Past, Present, Future Kodak Careers In Photography The Art of Self-promotion on the Web Upcoming Exhibitions Ccp 25TH Anniversary Limited Edition Print Happy 25th Birthday Ccp! Change Of Date: Patricia Piccinini Artist Talk Public Program Photography as Crime Nelson Alexander Foundation Day Serious Invasion of Privacy Job Opportunity Celebrating Emeritus Chair William Lasica Taking Photographs 'in Public' Nikon Ccp Members' Evening with Bruce Postle Video Diaries New Bindi Cole Work Launched Ccp Limited Edition Print 2012 Focus On Ccp Shop Fitzroy Art Spaces Tour and online resource Ccp Declares at the Fair Free Online Resources For Vce Studio Arts Exams Ccp 2012 Lecture Series Fast Professional Development Day For Teachers Be a part of the 2012 Kodak Salon exhibition Unpicking the Constructed Photograph Crewdson Nights Mobile Minds - A Rotary Youth Arts Project Public Program: What makes a great photograph? Robert Rooney Movie Night Ccp Video 2010 Kodak Salon 2010 Kodak Salon Winners Robert Rooney: A Night of Talks Around Photography: An Artists' Forum Q&A Evening with Dr Les Walkling Ccp Annual Report 2012 Instagram Competition We are seeking donations for our Annual Appeal Upcoming Exhibition Ccp's $1 Archive Sale Education Resource Brett Rogers Lecture Call For Entries 2010 Crumpler People'S Choice Award Less is more - A Rotary Youth Arts Project Wendy Ewald In Conversation With Louise Neri Ccp Salon New Masterclasses at Ccp Belong to something contemporary Desire caught by The Donkey's Tail The Sievers Project The Sievers Project: Satellite at the Fair Talking Sievers Ccp Documentary Photography Award 2014 Ccp Fundraiser How to craft a fine art black & white print Pascal Beausse Lecture Vivian Maier Through Children'S Soundtracks Kodak Salon People's Choice Award, online SwiM Cinema Film Screenings Shop late for photography books and artworks Masterclass with Stephen Dupont and Marshall Weber Salon Series Workshops Photobook Melbourne events Exhibit at Ccp in 2016 Stein Ronning Artist Talk Portfolio Reviews Hand-colouring photographs with Micky Allan Workshop: Photograph your 2D & 3D Practice Lecture: Curating Conflict Panel Discussions Announcing Ccp's Emerging Curators World Photobook Day Entries Now Open! Roland Barthes centenary discussions Masterclass: A Day in Light with Paul Barbera Ccp Salon Public Programs Masterclass: John Gollings on Architectural Photog Lecture | Jonathan Shaw: A creative call for Photo Steve Carr: On A Manual for Small Archives Spots by Charlie Sofo Exhibit at Ccp in 2017 Save The Date: Ccp's 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Coming Soon | Tin & Ed Limited Edition Tote Ba Walker Evans: Reading the Magazine Work Upcoming Masterclasses: Portraiture and Street Pho 2016 CCP Portfolio Reviews Les Walkling Photography Courses 2017 CCP at the Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017 Anne Noble, Reverie A stone's throw tour Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place Ccp Summer Closing Dates Closed For Installation Ccp Closed For Easter Echo Chamber: Emerging research on photography Weeknight photography course Free Artist Floor Talks Employment opportunity 2013 Weekend Photography Courses Ccp/City of Yarra Billboard Why do you take pictures? CCP welcomes Hoda Afshar A sustainable workforce for CCP

Isobel Crombie began her career at the National Gallery of Australia, and from 1988 to 2012 she was Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria, before being appointed to the role of Assistant Director.

Running alongside Isobel’s impressive and formative career across some of Australia’s most prominent institutions is a long-standing relationship with the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), which also had its start in 1988.

In 2020, The Board of CCP jumped at the opportunity to have Isobel bring her insights and experience to the team. Below, CCP Curator Jack Willet speaks with Isobel about her role in contemporary photography in Australia, her relationship to CCP, and being a ‘gun for hire’.

JW
It is a privilege to welcome you to the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and have your unique and reputable perspectives on art and photography join our Board. What made you want to get involved with CCP?

IC
Thank you Jack. I am really excited to be part of an organisation that I have admired throughout its history. I particularly love how connected and responsive CCP is to the photographic community and how it has ‘discovered’ and sustained artists at the start of their careers. It is why I was delighted to accept the invitation to be involved….and, also, for the purely selfish reason that I love looking and thinking about photography.

JW
You opened the exhibition The Thousand Mile Stare at CCP’s first iteration, the Victorian Centre for Photography, in 1988, an exhibition that included artists like Ponch Hawkes, Bill Henson, Wolfgang Sievers and Ruth Maddison — who opens CCP’s 2021 exhibition program with a major new presentation. This exhibition was a survey of photography from the period (and 25 years prior), if we were to do a survey of photographic practices today, what do you think would be the most pivotal concerns photographers would speak to?

IC
It is rather startling to consider that I have been involved (on the sidelines) with the CCP for that long! As you say, some of those photographers highlighted in the 1988 show are definitely still practicing and producing great work but there has, of course, been a rise in a new generation with different concerns. Digital photography brought a real shift in how the medium is considered and I see many contemporary photographers for whom interrogating the dynamics of ‘seeing photographically’ is paramount. It is good, also, to observe that documentary practices are also back into favour, and photographers are using the medium for social reasons: exploring environmental problems, gender issues and (to some degree) political concerns. And, there is always a committed group for whom photography offers a way to connect to their inner worlds in various ways.

JW
Having spent over 30 years at the National Gallery of Victoria, first as Senior Curator of Photography, then Assistant Director, no doubt you have worked on a number of memorable exhibitions, but is there one that always comes to mind first?

IC
Actually, I go back even further having started in the newly formed Department of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia in 1979! I have been so fortunate to have had a career with enormous opportunities and I can honestly say that every exhibition that I worked on gave me insights and pleasure. In recent years I would single out being part of the NGV team that helped organise Melbourne Now and the first Triennial – both enormous exhibitions that I feel very proud to have been involved with. As you can tell, it is hard to identify just one show – but if I was pushed I would have to say it was working as the Curator with Bill Henson on the Venice Biennale exhibition of 1995. It was my first overseas exhibition, and notable in every way!

JW
Alongside working directly with the concepts presented within the work of artists and photographers, did you ever have common references or themes that influenced the exhibitions you worked on? How did they weave into the exhibitions?

IC
Curators at State Galleries are, to some degree, ‘guns for hire’. They need to be even handed in presenting aspects of the history of photography. There is a place, of course, for personal input and ideas but not to the extent that you develop a curatorial ‘look’ that dominates every show you do. I can say that one interest for me privately has always been how photography and society intersect. That was something I explicitly explored (along with Curator Elena Taylor) with photography and other media in the show Brave New World: Australia 1930s and I dare say that it influenced some of my choices in other shows too.

JW
Do you have one piece of advice you would like to share with our artistic and photographic audience when it comes to creating and presenting their work?

IC
Please yourself, not others! It is enormously tempting to succumb to fashion but it invariably takes you away from what is unique about your own practice, and is not what sustains attention ultimately anyway.

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CCP welcomes Isobel Crombie CCP welcomes Neil Hugh Kenna New Curator Appointed at Centre for Contemporary Photography COVID-19 Closure Winners of the 2019 CCP Membership Drive lottery CCP welcomes Michael McCormack New Director Appointed at the Centre for Contemporary Photography Photography is old, is new and is the future CCP Board acknowledges legacy of Director Artist and Curator Talks Behind the scenes of Entre Nous: Claude Cahun and Clare Rae 30 June Is Approaching – Donate Now! Symposium: The Transit Lounge Leica People's Choice Award New Photographic Folio Critique Program Sign Of The Times Ccp Youth Education—Senior Secondary & Tertiary Manit Sriwanichpoom: The Lambs Of God Call for proposals Teachers Professional Development Program 2008 Kodak Salon People’S Choice Award 2008 Ccp/COLOUR Factory Award Closing Soon Meet The Artist - Bindi Cole Up Against The Wall: Thinking Jeff Wall Intensive Photographic Workshops Macquarie Group Foundation Education Programs Careers in Photography Seminar Scanned and Drawn Lanier Zine Project - Ccp Term 3 Holiday Program 2008 Ccp/COLOUR Factory Award Winner Photographic Folio Critique Program Anne Zahalka’s The Bathers (1989) A Grand Success End of Year Gallery Education Program Free Artist Talk: Saturday 11 October, 1.30PM Ccp Film Appreciation Night: Black, White + Gray Ccp 2008 Free Lecture Series Special Event: You Don’T Have To Call It Music Disquiet Book Launch and Photographic Exhibition 2009 Kodak Salon - Entries close 6 March 2009 Photography Courses with Les Walkling No-BUDGET Staged Photography Workshop Ccp Lecture - Editioning: Photography and Video Ccp School Holiday Program Ccp Professional Development Program National call for entries: Closing 5 June 2009 National Call For Entries: Closing 29 May 2009 Ccp Lectures Now Available As Podcasts Flash Issue 1 2009 Now Online Ccp Members' Evening Want Feedback On Your Photography Folio? Ccp Closed This Sunday 24 May 2009 Flash Issue 3 2009 Now Online Ccp/COLOUR Factory Award 2009 Ccp/RMIT University Lecture Series National Indigenous Photographers' Forum 2009 Ccp Limited Edition Print 2009 Simryn Gill: Inland — Free Public Programs 2010 Kodak Salon - Entries Now Closed An Introduction to Portrait Lighting Workshop Ccp 2010 Annual Report Ccp/MONASH University Lecture 2010 Ccp Lecture Series Event Horizon Lecture Fieldtrip to Inner City Contemporary Art Spaces Ccp at the Melbourne Art Fair Ccp Limited Edition Print 2010 Fundraiser Duelle Video Void Ccp at the Melbourne Art Fair 2010 Public Program: Hidden and in plain view Ccp Summer School For Kids Is Photography Global? Book Launch At Ccp 2012 Courses with Les Walkling Face a l'histoire Members' Evening George Eastman House: Past, Present, Future Kodak Careers In Photography The Art of Self-promotion on the Web Upcoming Exhibitions Ccp 25TH Anniversary Limited Edition Print Happy 25th Birthday Ccp! Change Of Date: Patricia Piccinini Artist Talk Public Program Photography as Crime Nelson Alexander Foundation Day Serious Invasion of Privacy Job Opportunity Celebrating Emeritus Chair William Lasica Taking Photographs 'in Public' Nikon Ccp Members' Evening with Bruce Postle Video Diaries New Bindi Cole Work Launched Ccp Limited Edition Print 2012 Focus On Ccp Shop Fitzroy Art Spaces Tour and online resource Ccp Declares at the Fair Free Online Resources For Vce Studio Arts Exams Ccp 2012 Lecture Series Fast Professional Development Day For Teachers Be a part of the 2012 Kodak Salon exhibition Unpicking the Constructed Photograph Crewdson Nights Mobile Minds - A Rotary Youth Arts Project Public Program: What makes a great photograph? Robert Rooney Movie Night Ccp Video 2010 Kodak Salon 2010 Kodak Salon Winners Robert Rooney: A Night of Talks Around Photography: An Artists' Forum Q&A Evening with Dr Les Walkling Ccp Annual Report 2012 Instagram Competition We are seeking donations for our Annual Appeal Upcoming Exhibition Ccp's $1 Archive Sale Education Resource Brett Rogers Lecture Call For Entries 2010 Crumpler People'S Choice Award Less is more - A Rotary Youth Arts Project Wendy Ewald In Conversation With Louise Neri Ccp Salon New Masterclasses at Ccp Belong to something contemporary Desire caught by The Donkey's Tail The Sievers Project The Sievers Project: Satellite at the Fair Talking Sievers Ccp Documentary Photography Award 2014 Ccp Fundraiser How to craft a fine art black & white print Pascal Beausse Lecture Vivian Maier Through Children'S Soundtracks Kodak Salon People's Choice Award, online SwiM Cinema Film Screenings Shop late for photography books and artworks Masterclass with Stephen Dupont and Marshall Weber Salon Series Workshops Photobook Melbourne events Exhibit at Ccp in 2016 Stein Ronning Artist Talk Portfolio Reviews Hand-colouring photographs with Micky Allan Workshop: Photograph your 2D & 3D Practice Lecture: Curating Conflict Panel Discussions Announcing Ccp's Emerging Curators World Photobook Day Entries Now Open! Roland Barthes centenary discussions Masterclass: A Day in Light with Paul Barbera Ccp Salon Public Programs Masterclass: John Gollings on Architectural Photog Lecture | Jonathan Shaw: A creative call for Photo Steve Carr: On A Manual for Small Archives Spots by Charlie Sofo Exhibit at Ccp in 2017 Save The Date: Ccp's 30th Anniversary Fundraiser Coming Soon | Tin & Ed Limited Edition Tote Ba Walker Evans: Reading the Magazine Work Upcoming Masterclasses: Portraiture and Street Pho 2016 CCP Portfolio Reviews Les Walkling Photography Courses 2017 CCP at the Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017 Anne Noble, Reverie A stone's throw tour Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place Ccp Summer Closing Dates Closed For Installation Ccp Closed For Easter Echo Chamber: Emerging research on photography Weeknight photography course Free Artist Floor Talks Employment opportunity 2013 Weekend Photography Courses Ccp/City of Yarra Billboard Why do you take pictures? CCP welcomes Hoda Afshar A sustainable workforce for CCP


CCP's newly appointed Board Member, Isobel Crombie.

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