The Centre for Contemporary Photography In 1 Minute

An old film camera from Olympus ©
An old film camera from Olympus ©
Born from humble beginnings as a community hub for local photographers, the Centre for Contemporary Photography has developed into a premier photo-based arts space. This not-for-profit organisation was established in 1986, and in the early 1990s a change of name and location brought upon a new era. In 2005 CCP moved into a Fitzroy location designed by Sean Godsell Architects. The facility features five exhibition spaces including two galley-style galleries, a Night Projection Window, a large central gallery and a smaller, intimate gallery.

CCP participates in annual and biannual festivals, presents an annual series of public lectures and hosts masterclasses with renowned practitioners. For those not living in Melbourne, CCP presents touring exhibitions. There are also offsite exhibitions which give artists the chance to have their work displayed on prominently placed billboards on the corner of Otter and Smith Streets in Collingwood.

CCP Exterior: Photo by Paul Knight

Exhibitions presented at the centre showcase the work of emerging and established photographic artists. Amongst the notable artists who have had their work displayed at CCP are Gregory Crewdson, David Noonan, Taryn Simon, Jane Burton and Patricia Piccinini.

Jane Brown Kyoto, from the series Black Ships, 2015 Toned gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery
Pilar Mata Dupont The Embrace (이상적인 포옹) 2013 (film still) single channel video with sound, colour 5:04min courtesy the artist

CCP also delivers free artist floor talks at 12pm on the Saturday following the opening of new exhibitions. These exciting talks allow you to hear the story behind a collection of work directly from the artist.

Since April 2009, the Centre has been publishing a quarterly online journal titled FLASH which aims at presenting readers with various opinions through reviews and interviews by both emerging and established writers. Also available on the website are a number of podcasts and videos, as well as information regarding past and future exhibitions.