Christopher Tovo

Born in Townsville, Australia in 1972, Christopher’s fascination for photography and art started at a very young age through the influence of his Italian father, Peter Tovo. Peter was a photographer who trained in Italy under Fornasa Tarcisiso before migrating to Australia.

As Christopher grew, so did his curiosity for his father’s camera collection. One day, to his father’s dismay, Christopher decided to dismantle one of the cameras, to ‘find out what happens inside’. Peter sent Christopher to the library with a list of three names. Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa were the subjects of his homework and they proved to have an everlasting effect, along with many years of mentoring from his father.

Christopher attended photography school, albeit briefly. Traditional scholastic methods weren’t to his liking. Instead he took to apprenticing, which gave him a well-rounded education in photography and showed him how to apply his knowledge in the real world. He hasn’t looked back since.

Christopher’s scope as a photographer is both broad and deep. His uncomplicated, ‘gut instinct’ approach to his work exposes a subtle appreciation for life in all its diversity. A classicist at heart, Tovo subconsciously seeks out the timelessness in any given situation presented to him.

Tovo’s strengths lie in Portraiture and Reportage. He was a finalist in the 2006 Archibald Prize and has been commissioned by the Vatican, in conjunction with the Mary MacKillop Foundation, to photograph Pope John Paul II. Merely casting a quick glance over the many people and locations he has documented display his talent for engaging with his subjects and their environments, no matter how foreign.

Christopher has had a highly successful career as a commercial photographer, proving his ability to meld the worlds of art and commerce. His extensive client list includes: Rolling Stone, Nike, The Australian Ballet; Coca-Cola; Fosters; Crown Lager; Foxtel; The Sydney Morning Herald; Universal Records; Myer; Levi’s; Vodafone; Jack Daniels; The Australian Defence Force; Canon; The National Australia Bank; The Commonwealth Bank; Tennis Australia; Ford Motors; The Australian Football League; Schweppes; Qantas; Holden; and Adidas, to name a few.

A retrospect of Christopher’s career has appeared in Australian Photography Magazine. He has also been invited to speak at schools, universities and photography colleges in both Sydney and Melbourne. In 2010 Christopher’s famous “Leopard on Toilet” shot earned him two honourable mentions in the 2010 International Photography Awards. In 2011 Capture Magazine named him fashion photographer of the year.

Christopher’s debut as director and cinematographer for “The Tradesman Series” saw him as a finalist in the prestigious One Show Awards in NYC, a screening at the New York Surf Film Festival, Byron Bay surf film festival and finalist in both Best Director and Best Cinematographer at The Melbourne Advertising and Design Club Awards. In 2013 Christopher received an honourable mention at the International Photography Awards for his ‘Corona’ series as well as Capture Magazine placing him in the top 5 travel photographers in Australia and New Zealand. In 2014 “Mark of a Champion” featuring Rod Laver earn’t a Grand Clio (the award show’s highest honour). Plus three New York Festival finalists and a highly commended in ADMA Print category in Australia. That same year Christopher also won a Gold Lion at Cannes for his print contribution to the RSL “Minute of Silence” campaign.

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Over the past two decades photographer Russell James’ images have become synonymous with provocative, unique perspectives of many of the most prominent people of our time in the worlds of entertainment, fashion and beauty. He is renowned as an international Vogue cover photographer and his works have appeared in many leading publications such as W, Vogue, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, American Photo, French Photo and Sports Illustrated. James’ works are the subject of five fine-art books of his solo works including ‘Russell James’ (2009), ‘Nomad Two Worlds’ (2010), ‘V2’ (2011), ‘A Virgin Island’ (2013) and ‘Angels’ (2014) all published by world leading art book publisher teNeues Publications. The books have achieved critical acclaim and mass popularity, appearing on multiple best-seller lists. They are published in more than seventy countries around the world.
In August of 2007 James was awarded the Hasselblad Masters Award, and in 2009 he joined the prestigious ranks of Irving Penn and Helmut Newton as a resident artist of Camera Work, the world’s leading gallery for contemporary photography and vintage master works.
Russell’s diverse photographic achievements range from exhibiting for brands such as Hermes in association with Guggenheim, to breakthrough advertising campaigns for global brands such as Rolex, Victoria’s Secret, Evian and Revlon, to emotional portraits of many of the world’s leading celebrities, musicians and supermodels, such as Scarlett Johansson, President Bill Clinton, Halle Berry, Faith Hill, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and a host of others. He has been the subject of solo photographic exhibitions in New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, Sydney, Aspen, The Hamptons, Oslo among other cities.
Russell’s fine art project entitled Nomad Two Worlds, a series inspired by the global consequences of cultural collision, has been recognized and lauded by critics and fans alike. Nomad Two Worlds is informed both by Australia’s ancient past and by an unfolding, present-day political narrative. It has become a global example of reconciliation in action. Since its launch in New York City in 2009 with the support of Donna Karan, Hugh Jackman and the Australian Government, the collection has previewed in the national gallery of Victoria and lead to the forming of ‘Nomad Two Worlds Foundation’ in 2012. The Foundation provides grants and supports artists in indigenous and marginalized communities around the world.
His eye originally inspired by the rich natural location of his home lands in Western Australia, James developed his cutting edge and provocative fashion style in the cities of London, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Milan in the years 1987 to 1996 creating a unique blend of fashion and extreme location as his signature trademark. Known for his love of the environment, social activism and dramatic architecture, James is often found shooting in locations ranging from the shores of the Caribbean beaches, to the outback of Australia, to the ice flows of the Arctic Circle to the more civilized realm of designer homes and studios in the major cities of New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris.

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Anton Bruehl studied engineering at the Christian Brothers School in Melbourne before emigrating to the United States in 1919 to accept a job with Western Electric. An exhibition of photographs at the Clarence H. White School in New York inspired him to give up engineering for photography. He enrolled in White’s school in 1924-25, and soon became a teaching assistant for White in New York and Canaan, Connecticut. After Vogue published his photographs in 1926, Bruehl dedicated himself to freelance commercial photography by establishing a New York studio, which was active from 1927 through 1966. His photographs appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and other prominent publications, and his work was shown in major international exhibitions, such as Film und Foto at the Deutscher Werkbund in Stuttgart (1929) and Photography 1839-1937 at the Museum of Modern Art. His best-known body of work produced outside the studio was published as Mexico (1933), a book of black-and-white photographs of life and people in Mexican towns.

Bruehl is noted for the color photography he produced in the 1930s for Condé Nast, which at that time had a virtual monopoly on the color printing process. Fernand Bourges, a color technician at Condé Nast Engravers, developed a four-color separation transparency process in 1932 that allowed the company to print color images in its publications on a regular basis. This collaboration–Bruehl’s color photographs, Bourges’s color transparencies, Condé Nast’s printing–accounted for the majority of color images that appeared in print in the mid-1930s. Besides his innovative color photography, Bruehl was recognized for his stylish advertising still lifes, and for the celebrity portraiture and fashion photography he did for Vogue during the 1930s.

Rennie Ellis

Rennie Ellis, photographer and author, who with his images and words has taunted, titillated and tickled our collective fancies for years, has left behind a treasure trove of over half a million images spanning over three decades.

Ellis’ photography has concentrated on documenting both popular culture and the demi-monde and examining Australia as a hedonistic society. In his own intuitive way he was committed to capturing on film those moments in time that offer insights into the human condition.

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Max Dupain

Max Dupain was Australia’s most respected and influential black & white photographer of the 20th century. His images capture a long gone era in which Australian society was vastly different from what it is now. With his documentary eye his images exude quality and demonstrate Dupain’s mastership of light and form.

Dupain was considered the pioneer of modernism in Australian photography, an approach that departed from the sentimentality of soft focused, nostalgic imagery to the simplified world of light contrasts, sharp focus, varying angles and creative compositions.

Jarrod Castaing

Jarrod Castaing is an internationally award-winning fine art landscape photographer specialising in nature photography and fine art prints from USA, UK, Australia and around the world. Having been fortunate enough to travel through over 35 countries (and counting!), his passion is capturing those moments of light that only last for a few minutes, twice a day.

Carol Jerrems

Carol Jerrems was an Australian photographer. Jerrems studied photography at Prahran College 1967-70. She is mainly known for documenting the counter-culture spirit of Melbourne in the 1970s.

Jenny Papalexandris

“What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface” Constantin Brancusi, Sculptor.

Jenny Papalexandris is a Visual Artist based in Australia. She holds a Master of Art (1997) and a Bachelor of Education (Art) 1987 from the University of NSW in Sydney. She works across three main disciplines; Photography, Sculpture and Painting. She has established a visual language that allows her to extend her ideas across all three mediums.

The photography of Jenny Papalexandris explores a subjective response to the world of light and shadow. The photographs are highly expressive and visually commanding. Thematically rich and diverse, her photography is imbued with a strong sense of poetry, symbolism and metaphor.

Her work as a Sculptor investigates her immediate natural environment. The sculptures are part of an ongoing investigation which explore organic growth and the structure of form. Her intention is to create work which speaks about the air, the salt, the clouds, the sea, the leaves and the earth. She aims to transcend physical resemblances and truly abstract felt experience to create essential forms.

Painting further consolidates and refines the scope and ideas within the work. Her paintings can be deeply saturated with colour and luminosity. In them one traces the lyrical outlines and moods of a landscape. The common thread in her work is the impulse to ‘sense’ rather than ‘see.’ Her work reveals a singular vision explored with rigour and sensitivity, both visually and conceptually.

Jenny Papalexandris continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally. She has been the recipient of numerous Art Awards. Her work has been included in various publications and media.
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Nepal, Leïla Joy Berney

“I hope this website will take you on adventures and offer you a peek at the world through my eyes.”

22 years old and based in Sydney, Leïla has completed a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and internships at both Australian Geographic and a specialised agency of the United Nations. Leïla is available for freelance work both for photography and writing.

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Vasil Boglev

This is Vasil Boglev’s sitehe does work in black & white and color. Some of his main topics are: Australia, Macedonia, World, and Choices. These are very impressive shots. They all tell a story in a single click of the shutter. That is what I find so amazing about photojournalism, is that an entire story can be seen in a glimpse. One photograph can be studied and interpreted several different ways by different people

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Maxwell Dupain Spencer

Maxwell Spencer Dupain is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest photographers. He stressed simplicity and directness in his work, creating images of sharp focus, boldness and graphic composition. He was one of the earliest and most outstanding champions of modernism in Australia.

Dupain’s working life spans decades of commercial and artistic success, and photographic genres. His repertoire includes landscapes, beaches, nudes, still life and architecture. His particular love of the latter, coupled with his carefully set up symmetries made him the pre-eminent photographer of Australian architecture for more than 50 years.

However, Dupain is best known for his photographs of Australians, particularly their beach culture. A dedicated patriot, he believed in clearly and simply showing Australia’s way of life. His 1937 photograph Sunbaker is arguably his most famous work. For many, it is an iconic image of what it means to be Australian.

Dupain tirelessly photographed his beloved homeland, and in particular, Sydney, leaving a legacy of more than one million photographs. His work has been collected by most major Australian galleries, and private collectors world-wide.

Brian Cassey

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Long based in Australia’s northern tropical city of Cairns, I was born in London UK – almost with a camera in my hand.

I spent my formative and ‘interesting’ teenage years playing and photographing football (the round ball World game). My sports pictures, along with a smattering of news, appeared regularly in London’s metro and suburban press before moving to Australia in 1973.

Currently working for numerous Australian and International media – newspapers, wires and magazines – principally covering news, features and sport.

Covered the tsunami aftermath in northern Papua New Guinea 1998, the evacuation of refugees from East Timor 1999, the coup in Fiji and the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne in 2000, the victims of the 2002 Bali bomb blasts, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami disaster in Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar and the category 5 Cyclones Larry (2006) & Yasi (2011) which brought devastation to northern Queensland Australia.

I am fortunate that my work has been recognised with numerous awards both in Australia and Internationally – and you can find details on the ‘Awards’ page here.

I am also a member of photographers collectives – ‘fotostrada’ (an award winning group of talented & experienced photojournalists based in Australia) – and the @everydayaustralia Instagram collective (one of several ‘everyday’ feeds from around the planet). The ‘fotostrada’ site may be accessed here … and the @everydayaustralia IG feed here.

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Bill Henson

“Now as the light from a row of TV screens blends with the last rays of the sun, both play over a face staring into a shop window, and as the sound of the mall dies away, imagine as that face curves off into shadow. Turn ever so slightly, a single camera movement brings the distant lights of a freeway into view, blinking through the darkening forest. And the sun goes down behind the mountains”. Bill Henson

Jason Ierace

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Jason Ierace

Jason’s passion for visual aesthetics has been brought to life thanks to a 25-year career in photography and graphic design. Taking influences from years spent travelling and living in foreign cultures, he draws upon life experiences to capture a moment in time. Jason counts photography as his passion, as well as his career, and strives to tell a story, or convey an experience or emotion, visually via his images.

Renowned for his relaxed, easy-going nature and dedicated approach, as well as his ability to deliver inspiring and captivating imagery under any conditions, Jason’s style remains polished, elegant and timeless, yet always spontaneous.

Inspired by creative people who take the best from life, Jason loves the opportunity to travel and work seamlessly with creative teams that share his passion to capture the perfect picture.

Jason now lives on Sydney’s northern beaches and specializes in advertising, lifestyle, portraits and fashion while trying to pursue his personal projects and explore the medium of photography.

When he’s not working between Sydney and London, you’ll find him surfing one of his favourite surf spots on the east coast of Australia or playing with the source of his inspiration – daughter Noa and son Arlo.

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Bihar Hosts One Of Asias Largest Cattle Fairs

 

Hong Kong’s poor living in cages, Brian Cassey

 









Small enclosures line the room, leaving just enough headroom to sit up within the confined walls. Money is as tight as the spaces hidden among multimillion dollar high-rise apartments.

In 2009, Australia-based photographer Brian Cassey flew to Hong Kong, where he had discovered people were living in nothing more than cages because of dire economic conditions.

But nailing down the location of these caged dwellings proved to be harder than Cassey expected.

“The cage people are very well-hidden in dense, packed high-rise buildings,” Cassey said. “All cage homes are well-hidden behind several bolted doors.”

This set-up doesn’t come as cheaply as one might expect, either. Cassey said it costs about $200 a month to rent the space.

“No one wants to live here, but we need to survive,” a resident of one of these facilities told CNN in July. Mak, 72, works as a janitor at the nearby Times Square and said his living conditions are “a step up from being on the streets.”

Cassey said he was looking for a project that “had the prospect of making a difference by bringing the situation to light.”

With only two hours to spend with his subjects, there wasn’t much time to get personally involved with them. Instead, the British photographer tried to hide in the shadows and “be as unobtrusive as possible,” he said, adding that it was very difficult task to accomplish in the cramped space.

“The atmosphere was one of resigned but controlled despair,” he said. “From those few I talked to, they are resigned to their fate,” deeming it preferable to being homeless.

He found the situation “extremely depressing” but said he was impressed by the attitudes of many of the people living there.

“The cage home residents I met acted, despite their dire circumstances, with amazing dignity and grace,” he said.

– Elizabeth I. Johnson, CNN

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