My CCP Figure

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Greg Neville, Figure 1, 2013

This year’s CCP Salon opens on November 21. This is my work, a human figure taken from a 1912 postcard of Wall Street. I have a small collection of vintage postcards of US skyscrapers, many of which include tiny ant-like people on the streets.

The printers dots almost overwhelm the figures, which hover just at the point of disintegration. They have an appealing quality of mystery. Since the postcards are derived from photographs, although heavily retouched, they do represent reality and the figures are real people. Who were they? One of the enigmas of photography is this preservation of identity. Despite the distance of time and the disruptions of technology, we encounter this anonymous figure as an individual like ourselves, a fellow human being,

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Postcard, Wall Street, New York City, 1912

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Wendy Ewald at the CCP

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Centre for Contemporary Photography

The Wendy Ewald exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography closes on Sunday, November 10. This is a fascinating show, a well-curated summary of this photographic educator’s long and brilliant career.

For more than forty years, Wendy Ewald has been making art with children, families and teachers in countries across the world, from the US and Colombia to India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Both artist and educator, Ewald embraces the principles of experiential learning. Using pictures to teach children and teaching children to take pictures, she combines their astonishing images with her own, and adds their rich, colourful and often poignant stories of coming to terms with situations of social conflict and rapid change.

Presented for the first time in Australia this inspiring model for creativity, and poignant, beautiful exhibition spans four decades and four continents. Ewald has learned to recognise what other people see, the questions their visions ask of the world and, finally, how to allow their perceptions to surface with her own.

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CCP me

The Centre for Contemporary Photography is currently running the 2010 Kodak Salon, its annual open entry exhibition. This big, busy show “takes the temperature” of photography in Melbourne over the past year. Sort of. Anyone can put work in and they generally do, so you get a pretty wide range of quality. The walls are crowded 19th century salon style, so works have to compete for attention. I’ve been lucky in my submissions, always getting a really good, visible spot, and this year is no exception, you can’t miss it. The picture is from my Big Heads series, part of my MFA exhibition last year.

The other great thing about the Salon this year is how many of my current and former students are in the show. Soon I’ll do a post and show you their work.

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