This May 12 photo essays will be selected for the first edition of The Long and the Short of It – Melbourne?s first bi-annual open-air photo essay exhibition – on The Big Screen, Federation Square.
The launch has been planned to coincide with World Freedom of the Press day 2011. All around the world on this day, supporters of media freedom celebrate the fundamental principles of press and media freedom.
The submission process is open for three months from 1 January to 1 April 2011 and everyone – artists, photographers, photojournalists, students and amateurs are encouraged to submit work into the event. There’s no restriction on subject matter, and the organisers hope to show a diverse range of photo essays from around the world and around the corner. After all, everyone has a story to tell.
Exhibitors will be chosen by a selection panel which includes: Naomi Cass, director for the Centre of Contemporary Photography and Bruce Postle, photojournalist and winner of the Walkley Award for photojournalism.
Situated alongside the Yarra River in the centre of Melbourne?s busy art scene, The Long and the Short of It will display 12 photo essays, with a maximum of 10 images each, over the three-week exhibition on The Big Screen at Federation Square. Each artist’s work will be marked by a brief artist statement and details of the location and the event where the photo essay was taken.
This is a unique opportunity for both photographers and the public to engage with images both global and close to home in a public forum. It will also give photographers the opportunity to represent an event they have recorded in its entirety.
Strip Billboard is a Melbourne-based arts organisation which organises public art projects that place non-commercial images into high-profile public spaces. This is the second public art series by Strip Billboard. If you would like more information on our current or past projects, visit the website www.stripbillboard.com or follow on facebook.
The Long and the Short of It
Public photo essay exhibition
Exhibition 1–21 May 2011 – Federation Square, Melbourne