“Reportage A Retrospective exhibition 1999-2009”
Photographer and writer Robert McFarlane opened “Reportage A Retrospective exhibition 1999-2009” at the National Art School Forbes & Burton Streets, East Sydney (Outdoor Exhibition) Thursday night. It runs from November 11 – 21, 2010 it presents an selection of some of the most memorable photographs from the past decade of the Reportage Festival curated by Stephen Dupont, David Dare Parker, Jack Picone, Billy Plummer and myself.
Director of the festival Jacqui Vicario and photographer Stephen Dupont have done a great job putting together the exhibition, and accompanying catalogue book created by Momento Books. It was wonderful to see the way the exhibition wrapped so well around the walls of the historical grounds of the National Art School. The exhibition installation designed by Susan Freeman and Beth Stevens and the team at Freeman Ryan Design did a great job as did Axel and his team putting it all up. Warren Macris made the crafted exhibition prints.
It is personally satisfying to watch Reportage evolve over the last ten years into a multi dimensional photo documentary event. Reportage has jumped leaps and bounds from it’s first raw beginnings in late 1999 when, Stephen, David Jack and myself wanted to rev up some interest in documentary photography in Australia and create a outlet for photojournalists and their work.