Head On Photo Festival

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Head On Portrait Prize 2016 finalist Lisa Maree Williams 2015 portrait of Muslim fashion model Emma during the 2015 Annual Eid Collection Charity Fashion Show by Neva Style DETAIL ONLY
Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams - Head On Portrait Prize 2016 finalist Model (Emma) during the 2015 Eid Collection Charity Fashion Show (cropped)

Australia's largest photography festival takes over Sydney in May with a flotilla of exhibitions, events and talks

Festival Director Moshe Rosenzvieg says this year's edition of the festival – the eighth – is also the largest, featuring more than 600 artists from 10 countries across around 60 exhibitions. The Festival also expands into Paddington this year, with hubs at Paddington Town Hall and the Paddington Reservoir Gardens, and a series of exhibitions on Oxford Street.

The major international highlight for the 2017 festival is Bowie Unseen, an exhibition of photographs of the late pop star by celebrity and fashion photographer Markus Klinko. The 24-photo exhibition draws from the photo shoot for Bowie's 2002 album Heathen, and a cover shoot for GQ that same year.

Locally, the late Rennie Ellis is getting another showing of his Kings Cross photography, focusing on the summer of 1970-71.

As always, the flagship exhibition is the Head On Portrait Prize, alongside exhibitions of the Mobile Prize category, for smartphone photography; and the Student Prize, for primary and secondary school students.

The main Head On Photo Festival hub is returning to Lower Town Hall in the CBD this year, so head there for exhibitions and talks.


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