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(Image: Josh Dykgraaf, The Bureaucratic Machine)

100 Views of Canberra book
Published in 2013, the 100 Views of Canberra book showcases the work of over 100 Canberra photographers. It is important and insightful, documenting the grand, not so grand and human faces of Canberra in its Centenary year.

Cost: Only $45.00

You can pick up a copy of the book from PhotoAccess, or order online. To order online simply send an email to with your name and the number of copies you wish to purchase, then follow the Online Payments link to pay. You can collect your books from PhotoAccess. Please note that there will be a charge for postage if you would like to have copies mailed.

Click here for a preview of the first few pages of the book.

The 100 Views of Canberra publication and accompanying exhibition (exhibition was held in the PhotoAccess HUW DAVIES GALLERY in August 2013) were supported by the ACT Government's Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.

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(Images: Kerstin Styche)

PhotoAccess has a long history of supporting Indigenous artists. A particular focus for our support has been artist residencies and NAIDOOC Week exhibitions each year for emerging Indigenous photomedia artists.

We are inviting proposals now for 2015 NAIDOC Week. If you would like to be considered for a residency in 2015 read the information in this article and then email attaching a CV.

The PhotoAccess emerging Indigenous photomedia artist program
With assistance under the ACT component of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy we have been able to provide emerging Indigenous artist residencies based on digital storytelling and exhibition projects since 2006.

The aims of the residency program are to:

  • assist emerging artists to develop their practice and present work to a wider audience
  • provide established artists with opportunities to acquire new skills and produce and show new work.

Support for artists in residence includes membership of PhotoAccess, use of facilities and equipment, free enrolment in courses and workshops, help with grants applications, informal mentoring and advice, technical and creative support with projects and, in some cases, exhibition opportunities. Details of each residency and the support provided are decided on a case-by-case basis and normally run for one year.

We also work in partnership with community organisations to provide learning and exhibition opportunities for young Indigenous people in the photo based arts. Below is a brief summary of our recent work with Indigenous artists and young people:

Marissa McDowell is a Wiradjuri woman, from Cowra in the Central West of New South Wales. Marissa was our 2013 Emerging Indigenous Photomedia Artist and presented her first solo exhibition Colours of India in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY during NAIDOC week. Colours of India catalogue

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello's exhibition Grandmothers’ Countries was exhibited in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY during NAIDO week in 2012. Jenni is a poet, writer, visual and glass artist. Jenni was one of three artists involved in the second PhotoAccess Indigenous Artist Digital Storytelling project in 2007 and her River story, inkjet prints and fabric banners were shown in the PhotoAccess 2007 NAIDOC Week exhibition. Grandmothers' Countries catalogue

Kerstin Styche, a Wiradjuri woman with family connections to Western New South Wales, born and raised in Canberra, was our fourth PhotoAccess Emerging Indigenous photographer. Her NAIDOC Week exhibition Walan Budhang Yinaagirrbang (Strong Black Women) showed in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY in July. Kirsten was also selected for our Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) graduate emerging artist residency. Her second exhibition, Identity Through Our Eyes, showed in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY in November and December 2011. Catalogues for both exhibitions can be accessed by following the links below. As well as her two PhotoAccess residencies and exhibitions, Kerstin was presented with the Len Barratt Award for the outstanding CIT graduate in photography in October, and named ACT NAIDOC Artist of the Year in July. Walan Budhang Yinaagirrbang catalogue Identity Through Our Eyes catalogue

Nick Radoll, Tyrell Kamira Sams, Lyndy Delian and Jo Kamira were involved with the ACT Indigenous Strategic Arts Initiative run in 2009 by Ed Whalan for PhotoAccess and Jennifer Martiniello for Billabong Aboriginal Corporation. Their residencies and exhibition were supported under the PhotoAccess Emerging Indigenous Photographer program. The 4 Emerging Indigenous Photographers exhibition was shown in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY in July 2010, opening during NAIDOC Week. 4 Emerging Indigenous Photographers catalogue

AUtonomies by Jessie Boylan with Emma King was based on the Australian Government’s ‘Intervention’ in Northern Territory Indigenous communities. Jessie is a non-Indigenous woman who has worked extensively with Indigenous communities in northern Australia. Emma King spoke about the project and exhibition at a Sunday in the gallery event and we assisted with a short tour of the exhibition later in the year. AUtonomies catalogue

Our second Emerging Indigenous Photographer was Lyndy Delian, whose exhibition 12000 was shown in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY during NAIDOC Week in July 2009. Lyndy spoke about her work and exhibition at a Sunday in the gallery event on 12 July. Lyndy Delian catalogue

Working with Billabong Aboriginal Corporation and coordinator Jennifer Martiniello, we conducted two 10-week workshops as part of a photography project for young Indigenous people under the ACT Indigenous Strategic Arts Initiative.

Otis Williams was our 2008 Emerging Indigenous Photographer. Crossing, his exhibition based on the Fitzroy Crossing community in Western Australia was opened in NAIDOC Week 2008. Crossing catalogue

(Images: Duncan Smith)

Duncan Smith is a Wiradjuri man resident in Canberra. He is an outstanding cultural practitioner and leader. His PhotoAccess residency and Back to Country exhibition was supported by the ACT Arts Fund and the ACT Indigenous Arts Officer. Duncan spoke about his Back to Country exhibition and the return to Wiradjuri country project which was the basis for his images at a Sunday in the gallery event on 26 October. Back to Country catalogue

We provided technical and creative support for a film project with partner Southside Community Centre. I’m Awesome U Know was made by 22 Indigenous primary school boys involved in the ACT On Track Program. The project was coordinated by Cathy Laudenbach (Southside Community Centre) and Edwin Daughtry (PhotoAccess) with support from Ed Whalan. The project was assisted by a grant from the ACT Arts Fund. I’m awesome U Know was shown in the Multimedia Room in October and November 2008. I'm Awesome U Know catalogue

Our second Indigenous Artists Digital Storytelling Project culminated in a NAIDOC Week exhibition of digital stories and other works by three artists — River by Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Wiradjuri Echoes by Duncan Smith and Telling My Story by Renee Smith; the project was led by Ed Whalan and assisted by the ACT Indigenous Arts Officer. 2007 NAIDOC Week catalogue

The first Indigenous Artists Digital Storytelling Project culminated in a NAIDOC Week exhibition of digital stories and other works by Indigenous visual artists Leise Guthridge (Sisters’ stories—Anna) and Liz McNiven (Spiritual Land)

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A PhotoAccess weekend workshop sponsored by blurb

A great weekend of photo book making
Eleven keen photographers participated in the inaugural Blurb Bookmaking Weekend Workshop held at PhotoAccess on 25-26 February 2012. The class was fortunate to have Blurb’s Australian Community Representative, Garry Trinh, visit from Sydney for the two-day workshop.

Many of the world’s great photographers refer to the book format as the best way to view photographs; the sequencing, flow, design and size all helping to deliver what the artist strives to deliver to his/her audience. However for a long time, book publishing has been an expensive pursuit, one that has been out of reach for many independent photographers. Print-on-demand technology has been gaining solid traction in the last few years, and now numerous companies offer the opportunity for people to design and produce their own books, and to have as little as one book printed. As the worldwide market for photography books grows at an astounding rate, so too has the quality of books on offer and variations available for different applications. Beautiful, one-off hardcover coffee table books can now be made from the family holiday, a final year art project, a wedding, or a series of photographs that has been ten years in the making. The advancement of print-on-demand technology has truly democratised the book publishing industry, giving everyone the chance to have his or her own book made. In today’s day and age, everyone can be published.

Garry started the workshop off with an introduction to the Photobook and some great examples of self-published books that have been printed on demand using the Blurb Book Smart software. The participants seemed very excited at the different styles of books that were shown, all in different size formats, with differing layouts and paper stocks. Garry ran through the different design templates that Blurb offer, allowing people to customise their books from the very outset of their book projects. (cont...)

Click here to read more about the workshop.

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Conversations: Sunday 4 September, 2 to 3 pm

The first event in our new Conversations program will be on Sunday 4 September. It will focus on photography as personal documentation or photographic diary. Jocelyn Rosen (her Night and Day exhibtion opens on 25 August) and Amy Mills (No More Tears, also opening on 25 August) will be in the gallery for the discussion.

Photographer, Jamila Toderas, and our Education and Projects Manager,Sean Davey, will chair the event and all members are welcome to bring work of a similar nature to share as well as to ask questions.

Enquiries may be directed to or by phoning him on 6295 7810 during our business hours (Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4).

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The Photobook is having a resurgence, no doubt about it. Websites are encouraging the discussion and promotion of the photo book in various forms. This is of course fantastic for photography in an online age but one of the original goals of the photo book club was to facilitate physical meetings, much like a traditional book club.

The Photo Book Club (.org) aims to promote and enable discussion surrounding the photo book format. In particular looking at old, rare and influential photography books from the 20th century onwards.

Check out the Photo Book Meet Up happening @ PhotoAccess on 1 October 2011. Bring your favourite photo books to share and talk about as well as a plate of food so we can all leave happy and full! Even if you do not have any photobooks that you would like to bring, come along and check out what other people bring.

Time: Saturday 1 October, 2 to 4 pm

There will also be a Potluck lunch (bring a plate to share) and, if people bring them, a trade/sale table for pre-loved photography books.

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(Image: Kerry Baylor, Breach)

PhotoAccess 25th Anniversary Print Portfolio
This limited edition print portfolio is 16 images donated by artists associated with PhotoAccess as board members, board advisors, staff, course tutors and exhibiting members to commemorate the PhotoAccess 25th Anniversary in September 2009. Macquarie Editions printed the portfolio with UltraChrome HDR pigment inks on 310 gsm Canson Infinity BFK Rives 100% rag in a numbered edition of 25, with one artist’s proof. Boxed sets have been acquired by private collectors and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery. Seven boxed sets remain for sale. Images numbered 11 to 20/25 are for sale individually and a number have been acquired by private collectors. Proceeds from the sale of the edition help PhotoAccess continue its work providing community access to the photo based arts through exhibitions, courses and special projects.

The portfolio would not have been possible without our supporters:

Macquarie Editions: Stephen Best is a PhotoAccess member, master digital printmaker and owner of Macquarie Editions. His first solo exhibition, Coast, was shown in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY in 2007. Stephen has printed a significant number of exhibition images for PhotoAccess members and other artists around Australia and is renowned for the quality of his work.

Abell’s Kopi Tiam Restaurant at Manuka: Lorna Sim is a partner in Abell’s Kopi Tiam restaurant and a long-standing member of PhotoAccess. She and Abell Ong have supported and shown photography in the restaurant for many years and are very pleased to be associated with PhotoAccess and the commemorative print portfolio.

Barbie Robinson: Barbie Robinson is a member and staff member of PhotoAccess. Her exhibition 256 Shades of Grey was shown in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY in 2005. She is supporting the edition in memory of her mother, Beb Bartholomew. Beb came to openings at PhotoAccess and sat happily in 'her' chair at the front desk sipping champagne and people-watching. She loved encouraging and supporting people she saw as 'having a go'. She had a special affection for PhotoAccess, observing a supportive environment for both its staff and its artists. Ed Whalan was her particular pin-up boy because of his role in introducing Barbie to the intricacies and boundless delights of photography.

The PhotoAccess 25th Anniversary Print Portfolio was exhibited in the PhotoAccess HUW DAVIES GALLERY from 18 March - 14 April 2010. Download Catalogue

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Look At Me - A Video Project About Healthy Living by: Callum Scanlain, Gary Monk, Mereana Otene-Waaka, Paris Hunter, Tanya McConvell & Therese Gibbon.

Look at ME – Look at WE
At the annual Australian Health Promotion Association Conference held in Adelaide this month, the title was “Grass Roots to Global - Health Promotion in Challenging Environments” with emphasis on the significance of health promotion moving from grass roots activities out into the wider community. Some speakers turned ME into WE (by mirror reversal where M becomes W), and others used different names, but all shared the same stories of the importance of moving from small community groups and needs, outwards into our broader society.

Look at ME comes straight from the heart of our community. Members of Canberra’s public housing community made Look at ME.

Initially, the participants were asked to think and reflect on their own lives and health issues. What is good health for them? What makes for a positive life?

They received tuition in basic video camera, shooting, editing and storyboarding. With the assistance of Edwin Daughtry, they then had eight weeks to put their thoughts onto film. Sound was also to be a consideration.

The resulting film is a compilation of six individual approaches to good health.
Each participant has drawn from their own experiences and worked individually to make their film. The results are not necessarily the more common health messages of eating fruit and vegetables and going to the gym enough. They are honest and raw films that address the major health concerns of each individual film maker. Actually having the strength to get out of bed and face the day; coming to grips with emotional abuse at home; and using a dog as a positive incentive for physical exercise are just some of the themes.

Some of the films are serious, others funny, yet in viewing all the films we quickly realise that positive health is a complex individual issue in the community.

For the film makers, the making of the film has had the added result of giving them a voice to raise their own health concerns. This has both empowered and given them a sense of belonging. Their health messages have become a voice for our wider community. Good health is multi-faceted, involving social, emotional, physical and intellectual aspects. All factors need individual consideration.

The film makers hope you enjoy their film Look at ME which should really read Look at We. For all of us, continuing good health is an important and complex issue that must not be ignored.

Southside Community Services was pleased to partner again with PhotoAccess on the Look at ME project. I want to acknowledge the support and assistance of Edwin, Ed, Kerry and David and the importance of our partnership to the strong outcomes we have achieved over some years now for the community we work with.

Cathy Laudenbach


The Tocumwal Archive is a collection of stories and photographs, about living in the houses that were moved from the Tocumwal air force base in New South Wales, to the Canberra suburb of O'Connor. The base was built during the Second World War as an inland defence against Japanese invasion. As camouflage, the sleeping quarters for air force personnel were built in the form of houses. After the War, the acute housing shortage in Canberra gave the houses a new purpose. From the late 1940s, about 200 of them were transported to the growing suburbs of Ainslie and O'Connor. In O'Connor they were located in two groups of four cul-de-sacs meeting at a central park and bounded by Macarthur, Macpherson, Miller and Tate Streets. The area is listed as an Australian Capital Territory (ACT) heritage precinct. Collection for the Archive began in 1996 with a PhotoAccess project supported by the ACT Heritage Council. Stories and photographs are archived according to the donor's name. Ongoing community collection and maintenance of the Archive is encouraged. The Archive is open for research use and the contribution of material at the ACT Heritage Library in the Woden Town Library. The Tocumwal Archive website is hosted by PhotoAccess and was initiated as part of Party in the Park , a 2005 ACT Heritage Festival event co-ordinated by Northside Community Service. It features a fraction of the material held in the Archive.

For privacy reasons house numbers and full names are not included with recent stories and photographs featured on the website. The Tocumwal Archive