Witness – An Exhibition of Australian Photojournalism

29 July – 4 September 2004

Narelle Autio, Michael Amendolia, Paul Blackmore, Stephen Dupont, Ashley Gilbertson, Glenn Hunt, Trent Parke, David Dare Parker, Jack Picone and Dean Sewell

Witness showcases the recent work of ten Australian photojournalists driven by a passionate commitment to bear witness to potent political events and affecting personal stories, many of whom have received World Press Awards.

Paul Blackmore presents turbulent street scenes of the 2001 G8 anti-globalisation demonstrations. David Dare Parker reminds us of the devastating war in East Timor in 1999. Stephen Dupont surveys Afghan life both before and after the events of September 11, while Michael Amendolia’s series of images reflect daily life in Kashgar.

Glenn Hunt documents Yeperenye, an Aboriginal festival in the Northern Territory. Narelle Autio (who graduated from the SA School of Art and was a photographer with The Advertiser from 1990 to 1995) and Trent Parke worked together on a whimsical documentation of some of the more bizarre Outback Races. Dean Sewell reports from the midst of the New South Wales bushfires, whilst Jack Picone’s deeply affecting AIDS series and Ashley Gilbertson’s anguished story of asylum seekers put faces and feelings before headlines.

Australian Centre for Photography exhibition. Curated by Robyn Johnston.