Head On Photo Festival

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Head On Photo Festival
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.

This year (its seventh), Head On Photo Festival is spreading across Sydney, with exhibitions not just in the CBD but north of the Harbour Bridge, as far west as Penrith, Katoomba and Dubbo; and as far east as...well, Bondi.

As always, the flagship exhibition is the Head On Portrait Prize, which showcases 40 finalists this year, and will take place at the Museum of Sydney, alongside exhibitions of the Mobile Prize category, for smartphone photography; and the Student Prize, for primary and secondary school students.

The Festival Hub for 2016 is Central shopping centre in Chippendale, which will host nine exhibitions, including a major survey of analogue photography by acclaimed Berlin photographer Sven Marquardt, a part-time bouncer at Berlin techno palace Berghain who has three decades capturing city’s subcultures.

The other major festival hub is Lower Town Hall, where eight exhibitions will take up residence, including Paolo Marchetti’s confronting documentary series about the harvesting of animal skins; LA photographer Michael Grecco’s exhibition of celebrity portraits; and Australian photographer John Dobson’s recreation of iconic paintings, Visual Arts Icon.

Read our Head On Photo Festival guide for a hit list of what and where to find the best of the fest. 

By: Dee Jefferson

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