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Darren Sylvester, On Holiday 2011, courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Darren Sylvester (05/14 & 04/14)

3 sessions
Sunday 27 April, Sunday 11 May and Sunday 18 May, 2015
at Centre for Contemporary Photography
Gold-coin donation, no bookings required


Darren Sylvester will speak about his photographic practice and its highly choreographed compositions. In a series of intense and immersive presentations Sylvester will also discuss different currents within contemporary photomedia and how to create a point of difference within your practice.

The three sessions will cover new techniques in contemporary photomedia; workflows related to the production of contemporary lens based art; and a portfolio review.

Session 1 — Sat 27 Apr (at CCP)

New Techniques in Contemporary Photomedia

You will examine a number of techniques employed by contemporary artists such as Cory Arcangel, Charlie White, Sawada Tomoko, Thomas Demand, Aliki Braine and Filippo Minelli. You will look at the innovations of installation artists AES+F, Pierre Huyghe and Paul Pfieffer and discuss the crossover between commercial and fine art photography in the work of Roe Ethridge, and Christopher Williams before finally exploring ideas of post-photography with Olaf Breuning and Doug Aitken.

Session 2 — Sat 11 May (at CCP)

Workflow: From Budgets to Post Production

In the second class Sylvester gives an insight into his own practice, tracking how photographs are conceived, researched, planned, fabricated and executed. Workflow descriptions will include working through budgets, dealing with construction, tungsten lighting techniques, props, hair and make up, post production, printing and framing.

Session 3 — Sat 18 May (at CCP)

Private Folio Review

Each participant may present their portfolio of work or ideas for individual feedback to discuss conceptual development and practical advice with Darren Sylvester.

About Darren Sylvester

Darren Sylvester's ever-expanding practice involves photography, sculpture, video, music, books and performance. Often encompassing a wide range of narratives from pop culture, each medium is given high-end production sheen so as to pique discussion on contemporary ennui and mortality. Sylvester exhibits widely within Australia and internationally and was the only Australian selected for Vitamin Ph, produced by Phaidon Press as a definitive contemporary photography book. His work is held in public collections including NGA, Canberra, NGV, Melbourne, AGSW, Sydney and AGWA, Perth. He was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and is represented by Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney.

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Darren Sylvester, On Holiday 2011, courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney


$495 + GST CCP member
$565 + GST non-member

Date and Time

Session 1: Saturday 9 May 2015, 10am—4pm
Session 2: Saturday 23 May 2015. This private folio review will be by appointment.


Session 1: Sunday 27 April, 11am—3.45pm
Session 2: Sunday 11 May, 11am—3.45pm
Session 3: Sunday 18 May. This 20 minute private folio review will be by appointment. CCP will email you a designated appointment time after you have made your booking.

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