Steve Scalone (Co-Founder)
Steve embarked on a professional career in a series of photographic commercial labs, his own wedding studio, and witnessed the beginnings of the digital camera revolution, embracing the change. In the years since, Steve is working with commercial photography and lecturing at both Swinburne and Melbourne Polytechnic.
Along the way being honoured with AIPP Victorian Travel Photographer in 2016 three years running and the past Australian Travel Photographer of the Year.
His talent on the ground for inspiring his fellow photographers and nurturing his peers through education, as well as his continuing public advocacy for the arts, have led to him being honoured with the title of an ILFORD Ambassador.
Craig Wetjen (Co-Founder)
Craig Wetjen is a national and international award winning photographer based in Melbourne Australia.He started his career photographing sports for his local news papers in Connecticut, USA. Some career highlights are working for NASA prior to moving to Australia where in 1996 he established Melbourne’s RMIT University’s first digital imaging course.
His latest book project “Men and Their Sheds” published in 2016, documented 101 men and their relationship the shed has to his physical and mental health.
Craig is currently working on a documentary book on Dementia and another book on craftsmen and women working on lost or dying trades.
Vicki Bell is a leading Portrait Photographer with a philosophy to create sensitive, soulful portraits.
With a Bachelor Degree in Education (Art and Craft) from Melbourne University, Vicki began her journey with a dual passion in Portrait Photography and Fine Art Photography. She has recently ignited her interest for teaching and is now imparting her years of experience and knowledge to students at Photography Studies College as well as continuing private commissions in all areas of people photography.
Vicki has been rewarded with many accolades over the years , including the Aipp Victorian Illustrative Photographer of the year (2013), Victorian Fine Art Photographer of the Year (2011) and the Victorian Portrait Photographer of the Year (2010).
Vicki is currently a Master Photographer WPPI and a Master I Photographer AIPP
Nicola is a freelance commercial photographer based in Melbourne, where he arrived via building his career both in Japan first and Rome later. He worked with big international brands such as Specialised Bicycles, Martini, Airbnb, Jaguar, L’Oreal for various campaigns, and had the honor of being Steve McCurry’s first assistant in Africa.
Stupidly enamoured with people and their stories, he wakes up every morning aching to shoot portraits and broadcast the personality of his subjects, whether it be for editorial, commercial or fine art purposes.
Susan Brunialti is a Melbourne based photographer, currently studying an Advanced Diploma at Photography Studies College. Her passion for photography grew from her love for travel, where she continues to be inspired to capture the essence of a time, place and its people.
In 2016, her street photography won Best Entry at the Australian Interstate Photographic Competition run by the Australian Photographic Society. She is also an exhibitor in the 2017 “Shot In The Heart of Melbourne” Street photography exhibition.
‘The stimulation photography provides me is what drives me, I enjoy communicating stories through a visual medium.’
Brian Carr’s photographic career started in 1969 with a 6 year contract for the RAAF, thirteen years at The University of Melbourne Science faculty, then 3 decades shooting advertising as a freelance.
His photographic education includes the RAAF Diploma from School of Photography at East Sale (V), and 6 years part time at RMIT, doing the diploma of photography (science and art stream).
He is currently involved with a book project about the Melbourne music scene.
Andrew Chapman began a love affair with photography over 45 years ago and is still working on it. A passionate documentary photographer, he has authored 8 books and hosted many exhibitions over the last 17 years.
In 2011, after nearly dying from a hereditary liver condition, he was fortunate enough to receive a donor transplant and has since powered on with projects ranging from recording the rural practice of droving cattle, the end of Hazelwood Power Station and the demise of Ford motor vehicle manufacturing. In 2016 he was fortunate to be asked to photograph the pathway of organ transplantation and produced a show for Donate Life entitled ‘Giving Life’.
His work resides in The National Library of Australia, The State Library of Victoria, The City of Montpellier France, and many regional and private collections.
Don decided not to fulfil the Asian prophecy of becoming a Doctor or Dentist. Instead he became a Tax Consultant, only to quit that and pursue a career as a Professional Photographer. His parents still love him. True story.
His passions lie in wedding and travel photography, which has lead him trekking around Asia and Europe. He is attracted to minimalism, clean lines, and symmetry.
He has been a finalist at the 2016 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards in the travel category and subsequently selected as part of the 18-person team representing Australia at the 2017 World Photographic Cup.
Rodney Dekker is a photographer and video producer predominantly covering environmental and social justice issues. His most significant project has been documenting the affects of climate change and its resulting hardship on livelihoods in Australia, Bangladesh, Tuvalu and Kiribati.
Dekker’s been a finalist of Reportage, UN Media Peace Awards, Australia's Top Photographers, Moran Photographic Prize, International Photography Awards, Px3, received nominations for Prix Picket and PDN’s 30 and was selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop USA.
Roland graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) and a Bachelor of Education (Media) at Deakin University in 2009 and began working as a freelance photographer.
In 2012 he received a Master of Communication from RMIT, in which his thesis explored how formal aesthetics shape the way we read photojournalistic images.
Roland currently teaches Digital Photographic Practice and Post Production at Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne. Roland continues to freelance for a variety of clients, producing a range of architectural, event and lifestyle work.
Currently, Roland is also rededicating himself to his artistic pursuit; working on a range of projects exploring abstraction and experimental photographic methods.
Owner of Lifeworks Photography for 25 years, my primary focus is Portraiture, photographing families from the very beginnings through all stages of life.
Recently, we completed a Book project with our return Lifeworks clients in a “then and now” scenario, raising $10,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer foundation. Currently we are working on an Exhibition for late 2017 showcasing the talents of Melbourne’s Young Musicians.
With a passion for travel photography, perhaps what ultimately lead me into photography as a profession many years ago, I’m thrilled to partake in this wonderful concept, to capture, create and curate an "all in one day” Photographic exhibition.
The possibilities are endless, I can’t wait to see the results!
A dual Greek-Australian citizen born and residing in Melbourne Australia, Bill Gekas is a multi awarded and published portrait photographer. Self taught and by learning the intricacies of photography since the mid 90's, his admiration and respect for the works by the old master painters has influenced his stylistic approach to the craft.
His works have been published in various art journals, books, magazines, newspapers and other media outlets worldwide including BBC, NBC Today, ABC News, Daily Mail and others.
Although he occasionally shoots commissioned work, the renowned and exhibited works are primarily of his young daughter portraying a protagonist in a storytelling scene, a universal child.
Practicing the art of photography and constantly refining his style.
Silvi is a photographer and printmaker with a practice that extends from commercial, editorial to fine art photography.
Silvi has exhibited through out Australia and abroad, most recently at the Museum of Victoria and twice Boweness and Head On shortlisted finalist. Major achievements include winning the prestigious Nillumbik Prize and commissioned by the Victorian government to create a documentary series for bushfire recovery and memorials in 2014 and 2016. Selected artist in residence for Print Residence, Barcelona and Inkmasters, Cairns.
Silvi’s work is held collections that include the Albury and Geelong Regional Galleries, Melbourne Museum, Monash Gallery of Art and Nillumbik Shire council.
Alli Harper is the 2017 AIPP Victorian Emerging Photographer of the Year. Based in Melbourne, working with people and collaborating with clients and other creatives is what inspires her.
Her business, Alli Harper Photographer, specialises in portraiture and commercial work. However, with a background in design, she enjoys photographing architecture and urban landscapes.
Alli can usually be found prowling the backstreets or on the Mornington Peninsular, enjoying the spectacular country that we are so lucky to have an hour’s drive from the CBD. Alli especially enjoys hanging out with other photographers because they don’t howl in protest every time she wants to stop and grab her camera!
Naomi Herzog is a photographer & multidisciplinary practitioner. She is best known for her documentary and fine art photography centred on social, cultural & political themes.
Herzog’s work with Jill Orr has been exhibited & collected by the NGV and her digital media and film projects have been shown with Experimenta, ACCA, SBS, ABC, & Cinemedia. Her photographic works have been included in numerous awards exhibitions including the Bowness, Olive Cotton, JUWS and Head On Awards.
Herzog studied photography under the renowned John Cato at Prahran and currently lectures in photography at RMIT University in Melbourne.
Sarah Louise Jackson
Sarah Louise Jackson first picked up a camera in the early ninety's while still in high school, and the passion for photography has never left her. Specialising as a Commercial Photographer, and particularly known for her Architectural work Sarah Louise has carved quite a niche with repeat clientele such as McDonalds, David Jones and Master Builders Association to name a few.
Sarah has been awarded Master of Photography with one gold bar by the AIPP and was Victorian Commercial Photographer of the Year consecutively in 2013 and 2014.
I’m a Melbourne based Street Photographer and Photojournalist. I have a Bachelor Degree from Photography Studies College and am currently undertaking my Master of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts.
My work is mainly an exploration of place and space through the lens. Wandering the streets I’m interested in the way people move through and interact with the space they inhabit. Walking around I’m constantly thinking about how photography can map not only a space, but the lives and memories of those that might have moved through the same spaces.
Glynn Lavender, owner of Creative Photo Workshops is well known both in Australia and the USA for his 35+ year involvement in the photo industry and brings passion for teaching photography to every event.
With nearly a thousand Workshops under his belt Glynn’s experience shines through at every event and he willingly shares everything – there are no ‘trade secrets’. Glynn leads international photography tours and training events to places such as Vietnam, India, Cuba, Africa, Myanmar and many others with his good friend Malcolm Fackender.
Glynn Lavender is proudly a brand ambassador for: Tamron Lenses, Elinchrom lighting, Lexar Memory and Think Tank photo bags
I am a keen amateur photographer, self taught, always learning. My passion is street photography and I am lucky enough to be able to photograph most days walking to and from my ‘day job’.
The street is my studio and I try to capture its random nature with empathy and elegance, always searching for the light.
I have had some success exhibiting at the annual Shot in the Heart of Melbourne exhibition, and one of my current projects is to post one image a day over a 12 month period (maybe more!) on my instagram street feed.
I’m honoured to be amongst such a talented group of people supporting this worthwhile cause.
Melbourne based photographer who in his own words "It’s creating interesting portraits, stories or capturing lifestyles/cultures and life’s fleeting moments are what I’m constantly striving for”.
Rooted in portraiture and documentary photography Sean has recently exhibited bodies of work from New York and Africa. “I just absolutely love what I get to do every day and feel so lucky, it really is an incredible journey and cant wait for what’s next!”
Anthony McKee is a New Zealand born photographer with a keen interest in social documentary photography. Having studied at Wellington Polytech where documentary photography was a major part of the curriculum, he went on to work in newspapers for a few years before going freelance in 1995.
Most of Anthony’s social documentary projects have focussed on small town life in New Zealand, but he often applies his documentary skills to his commercial and corporate work. Anthony is a past winner of the AIPP professional documentary photographer of the year award, and also NZIPP landscape photographer of the year award.
Scott McNaughton is a Melbourne based portrait and editorial photographer with over 20 year of print media experience; including 13 years at Fairfax Media. Combining editorial photography with controlled lighting has been a key feature of his work. Fusing ambient and flash light along with a strong sense of communication to create a distinctive body of work.
Over the course of his 20 years in the industry Scott has been fortunate enough to photograph everything from celebrities to ‘Underworld’ funerals. ‘As photographers we lead a charmed existence because we see things differently. We notice things other people miss. That’s why I love photography”.
After many years of photography Mercury has always continued to focus on his personal work, he is recognised as one of Australia's most passionate photographers, and is renowned for his zest for life and a highly enthusiastic approach for everything he does.
His photographs speak from the heart and are filled with emotion, joy and impact. His designer images and original ideas have gained him respect not only with his peers, but with appreciative and often emotional clients. Mercury started his career from capturing on film to printing his own in the dark room. Pass winner of Australian Professional Photographer of the year.
Raised in the wilds of urban Tasmania, Alan found his way into the bushland and started taking photographs to record this land of trees and rocks. Some people found his work quite good and encouraged him.
He ventured to the wilds of Melbourne and got him self an expensive piece of paper with B.Ap.Sci(Phot)Hon on it and then ran back to Tasmania to be amongst the mountains. From there he met people and realised he liked them and tuned his camera to them. Now he shoots alot of people getting married and in families. He managed to pick up a few state and national awards with the AIPP even being Tasmanian Photographer of the Year once and Album of the Year in Victoria. The urban areas is where he enjoys finding quirks, compositions and beautiful mundaneness for his personal shooting pleasure.
Mike Reed seeks and trawls with his ever present camera for the quirky, double meaning, juxtaposed oddities of life around him. He travels widely, but always includes the back streets, the low roads and uncommon grounds. “ Sometimes life is better from behind the facades of life”
Thus always trying to think outside the square Mike has insatiable desire to enmesh and immerse creativity in all things that are interesting.
Mike’s general rule in the street is what Raghu Rai, Magnum photographer, said..."I wait...(pointing skyward) and He performs."
Born in Rome, Italy and moved to Australia in 1991.
Full time photography teacher at Melbourne Polytechnic. Although education is his main activity he also specialises in street and documentary photography.
Since 2014 Maurizio has been a member of the MAPgroup, documentary photography coop, participating in the group projects as well as working on personal ones.
Maurizio’s work has been exhibited both in Australia and Italy and it is held in private collections in both countries.
Hi I’m Jason and currently I’m studying a Creative Arts degree majoring in Photography at Deakin University. It was while planning an African adventure in the year 2000 that I purchase my first serious camera. That holiday was not only an amazing experience it also planted a photography seed deep inside.
It wasn’t until over a decade later that the tiny photography seed planted earlier began to sprout and grow. Inspired by the awesomeness of the Serengeti landscape, I see beauty, albeit not in the traditional definition of the word, in the urban, industrial environment. I guess I would call my style of photography ‘Serendustrial Urbanscape’.
Ken is an AIPP member and the current Victorian AIPP Travel Photographer of the Year. He specialises in photographing anything that is stunningly beautiful and, in particular, hot air ballooning throughout the world.
I was born into a creative family. My father painted, my mother is a playwright and author and my brother is a musician.
I studied musical composition at university and took up photography later in life after a career as a musician. I am a passionate fashion, portrait, and commercial photographer.
I am a vegan and teetotaller. I thrive on pushing my own boundaries both technically and creatively. I aim to live my life with integrity, developing love, compassion, kindness and wisdom.