The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Exhibition + Award is a biennial showcase of contemporary Australian documentary photography and since 1997 has represented a unique initiative in support of such work.
The exhibition recognises the key influence of photography on our lives and examines the power and effect of the medium through the presentation of work in essay format, assessing current developments within the genre.
The exhibition presents the work of fifteen finalists selected from over 250 entries by a panel of artists and arts professionals, and will subsequently tour capital city and regional galleries from 2001-2003. The work explores a range of documentary themes, including political reportage, multi-culturalism, public housing and homelessness.
From Matthew Sleeth's documentation of Australia's public relations 'Tour of Duty' in East Timor, to Steven Lojewski's delicate portraits of the urban environment, the Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Exhibition + Award continues to provide a fascinating entry point into the variety of approaches and concerns which characterise contemporary documentary practice.
Artists: Narelle Autio, Alex Cyreszko, Agnes T Earl, Ashley Gilbertson, Steven Lojewski, Sam McQuillan, Simon O'Dwyer, Trent Parke, Stephen Rooke, Dean Sewell, Steven Siewert, Matthew Sleeth, Tamara Voninski, Sandra Walker, Marzena Wasikowska.
Judges: Isobel Crombie, Rosemary Laing and Emmanuel Santos.
Support: The Leica/CCP Documentary Photography Exhibition & Award is generously sponsored by Leica. The project is supported by the Victorian Government's Touring Victoria program through Arts Victoria - Department of Premier and Cabinet, and has received development assistance from NETS Victoria's Exhibition Development Fund Grant, supported by the Community Support Fund through Arts Victoria and the VACF of the Australia Council.
Image Credit: Matthew Sleeth Christmas, Dili, East Timor 1999 (detail)
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