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Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography is the headline exhibition for PHOTO 2021, Melbourne’s international photography festival. It brings together a host of phenomenal and thought provoking artists from thirteen countries in order to test the relationship between documentary photography and truth.
Over the past 15 years a shift has occurred in documentary photography and we have witnessed new ways of communicating that have emerged from the field. What was once the territory of the traditional photojournalist is now shared with photographers who see themselves as artists and collaborators, more interested in raising questions than in telling complete, digestible stories through photographic storytelling.
Not standing still celebrates divergent and conceptual photographic processes, with each artist employing a technique that enables them to grapple with a question, whether about the environment, politics, warfare, judicial inequality, racism, history, or revolution. Here, visual language is elastic, and communication is achieved through experimentation and engagement
Mathieu Asselin (FR/VE)
Broomberg and Chanarin (ZA/UK)
Cristina De Middel (ES)
Laura El-Tantawy (UK/EG)
Yoshikatsu Fujii (JP)
Ashley Gilbertson (AU)
Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad (IN/IN)
Zhang Kechun (CN)
Dana Lixenberg (NL)
Max Pinckers (BE)
Raphaela Rosella (AU)
Alec Soth (US)
James Tylor (AU)
Daniel Boetker-Smith (AU)
Pippa Milne (NZ), Senior Curator, MGA
Gareth Syvret (JE/AU), Associate Curator
View of South Korea from the Balcony at the DMZ, North Korea 2018
from the series Red Ink
courtesy of the artist