RMIT student selected for prestigious US photo festival

RMIT BA Photography student, Abigail Assender (2nd year) has been selected to be part of the 2019 Eyes on Main Street Festival in North Carolina. She was chosen by festival director, Jerome De Perlinghi. The selected image was made during a street photography workshop while on a Chicago-Rochester-New York study tour, run by RMIT. 

© Abigail Assender
© Abigail Assender

Assender said that the workshop was “awesome”, and that “Jerome gave me the best advice: ‘Don’t be afraid to look behind you, because there might be something better that you have missed from only looking forward.’”

RMIT BA Photography student, Abigail Assender (2nd year).
RMIT BA Photography student,
Abigail Assender (2nd year).

About the festival

Eyes on Main Street is a large outdoor and indoor photography festival in Wilson, North Carolina. The main exhibition features 100 photographs by 100 prominent and emerging photographers from over 38 countries, with an equal number of men and women participants.

Founded in 2014, the first edition of the festival was held in May, 2015. Each year, 100 photographers are invited to participate – many are professionals, and mostly from the world of photojournalism. Typically, about five spots are reserved for young and upcoming photographers, including students that are still in school or college. The 2019 edition will feature William Klein, for the second year in a row, and Bieke Depoorter, a young Magnum photographer. In the past, work by Eugene Richards, Mary Ellen Mark, James Nachtwey, Susan Meiselas, and Martin Parr has been featured.