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© Hoda Afshar
© Hoda Afshar

Up-And-Coming Contemporary Photographers From Australia

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Monique La Terra
Updated: 30 December 2016
Through their distinctive and experimental photography techniques, these eight artists are capturing the attention of galleries and curators not only in Australia but also around the world. Culture Trip Melbourne spoke with the artists to bring you their stories and some of the best work from their ever-growing portfolios.

Hoda Afshar

Winner of the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize in Australia, Hoda Afshar is a Melbourne-based documentary photographer who has completed a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art–Photography and currently works as a lecturer at Photography Studies College in Melbourne. Born in Tehran, Iran, Hoda’s work reflects her relationship with her homeland while confronting issues of representation, displacement and identity politics.

‘In the Exodus, I love you more.’

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

© Hoda Afshar

 

Jane Brown

Atmospheric and evocative, Jane Brown’s hauntingly melancholy photographs are characterised by vacant settings and wistfully grey landscapes. Depicting the absence of people in places shaped by human interaction and interference, Jane is able to captivate viewers. She is often listed as a finalist for many art and photography awards and prizes, and her work has been featured in publications including Art Collector Magazine, Art and Australia, The Australian and The Age newspapers.

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

© Stills Gallery and Jane Brown

 

Jordan Madge

Having recently held a solo exhibition at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan, where he also completed a residency program, Melbourne-based Jordan Madge has wasted no time ensnaring the masses since graduating with a Bachelor of Photography (Documentary) in 2015. Fixated on a subject’s journey, Jordan uses image appropriation, found objects and his own photographs to enforce narrative in his photography.

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

© Jordan Madge

 

Christopher Day

Born in Melbourne in 1978, Christopher Day is a visual artist whose photos never reach a stage of completion, always existing in the absurd realm of the in-between where the source material is constantly re-adapted and morphed into something new. Presented as distorted collages, Christopher’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

© Christopher Day

© Christopher Day

© Christopher Day

© Christopher Day

© Christopher Day

© Christopher Day

© Christopher Day

© Christopher Day

 

Atong Atem

Intent on capturing the essence of black photography in colonial Africa, South Sudanese-born Atong Atem takes pride in arranging staged photographs which explore identity through portraiture. Focusing on African iconography and diasporic traditions, Atong can recreate the types of photos one would find in family albums of the diaspora.

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

© Atong Atem

 

James Tylor

Based in Adelaide, James Tylor’s work depicts Australia’s contemporary cultural identity seen through his multi-cultural lens which encompasses Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian) ancestry. James has acquired a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) and a Honours in Fine Arts (Photography) and has since honed a specific interest in 19th-century Australia while employing both historic and innovative processes to produce his photos.

© James Tyler

© James Tylor

© James Tyler

© James Tylor

© James Tyler

© James Tylor

© James Tyler

© James Tylor

© James Tyler

© James Tylor

 

Caroline Garcia

Sydney’s shapeshifter Caroline Garcia is a ‘culturally promiscuous’ hybrid artist who blends performance art with new media as a means of showcasing exotic rituals and feminine clichés. To create her work, Caroline samples pop culture and colonial imagery. She has exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, The Centre of Contemporary Photography and recently took part in La Pocha Nostra’s Live Art Lab in Greece.

© Caroline Garcia

© Caroline Garcia

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© Caroline Garcia

© Caroline Garcia

© Caroline Garcia

© Caroline Garcia

© Caroline Garcia

 

Anna Higgins

Upon completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013, Anna Higgins went on to present solo exhibitions including Higgs Boson, TCB art inc in 2013; Ma at 3331 Chiyoda, Tokyo; Super Panavision, West Space Gallery in 2014; and more recently, Double Negative at The Substation in 2015. Anna works with 120mm film and incorporates abstracted found imagery that she re-contextualises through collage, projection and other analogue methods to create photographs that explore the very essence of how images are perceived, particularly in an amorphous state.

Norwegian Sea, Cairo International Airport, Melbourne.  2015,2016 © Anna Higgins

Norwegian Sea, Cairo International Airport, Melbourne.  2015, 2016 | © Anna Higgins

International Waters, Installation Detail. Centre of Contemporary Photography, 2016 3. Iraq war, sonar image of the South China Sea , blurred misprint. 2001, 2012, 2016  © Anna Higgins

International Waters, Installation Detail. Centre of Contemporary Photography, 2016 3. Iraq war, sonar image of the South China Sea , blurred misprint. 2001, 2012, 2016 | © Anna Higgins

Coast of Madagascar 2016 © Anna Higgins

Coast of Madagascar 2016 | © Anna Higgins

Iraq war, sonar image of the South China Sea , blurred misprint. 2001, 2012, 2016 © Anna Higgins

Iraq war, sonar image of the South China Sea , blurred misprint. 2001, 2012, 2016 | © Anna Higgins