Ian Flanders seeks to challenge himself
and others with what he captures through
his lens. His most recent project, in
south-east Asia, saw him meet and
photograph young women forced to work
off their debts through sex slavery.
Self-taught, Flanders works solely with
film, which he says gives him control and
creativity. He attempts to engage and
confront his viewers with the reality he
captures in his photographs.
Daniel Boetker-Smith, Stephen Dupont, Benjamin Lowy,
Jack Picone, David Maurice Smith.
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Recently graduated from the photography
program at Queensland College of Art
with a major in photojournalism and a
specialisation in documentary
photography, Jessica has worked with
non-government organisations throughout
south-east Asia and Australia. Her
current work observes the character of
childhood and attempts to reveal its
fragile nature. Her work has appeared in
“A lot of the works submitted dealt with expected subject
matter in the normal, expected ways. The hardest part of
telling stories is to engage the viewer, and hold their attention.
You can’t achieve this if you only show things we expect to see.
Defy our expectations and you will alter our understandings.”
“Documentary photography is about the photographer
becoming a collaborator and/or stakeholder in the lives of the
people they are documenting, and authoring images with a
highly evolved aesthetic that are bound together by a
structurally strong narrative that enables story telling. When
these variables are combined, documentary photography is at
its potent best.”
“Overall, some missed the mark by submitting a selection of
single images instead of presenting a documentary series.”
“Some presented a specific series, but mixed black and
white with colour images with no real reasoning, which shows
a lack of direction.”