Photomedia

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About

The National Art School’s renowned Photomedia faculty offers Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) and Master of Fine Art (MFA) students in-depth instruction in the technical skills and theoretical understanding across the broad spectrum of contemporary fine art photography and photomedia.

The BFA program introduces students to all aspects of photographic practice, from traditional analogue camera and darkroom techniques to contemporary digital imaging processes, advanced digital printing and moving image workshops using Adobe Photoshop and Premier software.

Study is integrated with studio demonstrations, tutorials, critiques and excursions to relevant exhibitions. Students are encouraged to broaden their practical skills and their understanding of the broad history and theory supporting photographic practices. As well as exploring the boundaries of photography in contemporary visual art, students are encouraged to find their own path and identity as an emerging practicing artist. As students progress through their degree, increasing emphasis is placed on individual experimentation and investigation, which fosters the artistic development, creative confidence and critical awareness needed to successfully pursue a career in visual art.

To support and facilitate their development, each student is provided with an individual working and studio space equipped with a personal computer and imaging software. Facilities include individual studios, a well-equipped lighting studio and extensive analogue darkroom facilities. Student projects are supported by digital or analogue camera and lighting equipment that can also be borrowed for off-site work. NAS also has a professional onsite digital print service, The Print Lab, with large-format print capability and managed by a highly experienced fine art printer.

The faculty team is led by Head of Photomedia Geoff Kleem, an artist and educator with extensive experience in teaching and research supervision. His practice, though primarily photographic, is conceptually orientated and multidisciplinary. He has exhibited and worked nationally and internationally, with his works held in public and private collections around Australia.

All Photomedia lecturers are experienced practicing artists, dedicated to engaging, supporting and challenging their students. NAS is renowned for its studio-based, hands-on model of learning, and all Photomedia students receive intensive face-to-face teaching in small classes. Postgraduate students also are provided their own studio space on campus in the new Postgraduate Centre.

In the BFA program, all first year students at NAS take Photomedia in first semester alongside electives in ceramics, painting, printmaking and sculpture, as well as the core subject of drawing. In second semester students choose to specialise in two electives, to explore in more depth. In second year, students focus fully on a chosen elective such as Photomedia, however there are always opportunities for cross-disciplinary work.

Facilities

NAS Photomedia facilities include:

  • Individual workplaces (BFA2 students)
  • Individual studios (BFA3 students)
  • Individual studios (MFA students)
  • All spaces equipped with computers with Adobe Creative suite
  • Studio access to medium format inkjet printers and photo scanners
  • Lighting studio equipped with high-intensity flash and LED studio lighting
  • A range of multi-format digital and analogue cameras and equipment for use in class or for loan
  • Well-equipped analogue darkrooms and film processing facilities outfitted with Bessler 35mm, medium-format and 5×4 enlargers
  • Professional digital print service offering large-format fine art printing

NAS has a number of public spaces and opportunities for students to exhibit their works and be involved in professional work experience over the course of their degrees.

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Alumni

NAS Photomedia graduates have gone on to successful careers as practicing artists or in the arts sector as academics, gallery managers, curators, fine art printers and other associated fields

Core subject

This outline for Photomedia Studio Elective 1, a core first year subject at NAS, gives an insight into the foundations of the Photomedia program.

This BFA First Year subject aims to further the creative intellectual and speculative capacity of each student informed by a practical studio experience, and to broadly familiarise students with the body of knowledge that constitutes the Photomedia discipline.

Subject Content
The subject follows a program of thematic class projects and exercises exploring the fundamental processes of fine art photography including:

  • Exploring the creative elements of digital photography through the controlled use of digital cameras
  • Selecting, editing and sequencing photographic files and images using appropriate image editing software
  • Printing colour and/or black and white photographs using ink-jet printers
  • Examining photographic print presentation techniques
  • Discussion of the historical, cultural and theoretical contexts of photography
  • Engagement with photographic theories and practice through written exercises
  • Critical discussion of work produced by students in the class
  • Engagement with professional standards of studio practice including Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) guidelines relevant to the Photomedia studio

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Demonstrate developing technical competence using digital photography including camera, software and printers
  • Develop and realise visual ideas through the use of digital photographic process
  • Demonstrate a developing capacity for visual analysis of photographic language and content in order to realise expressive images
  • Describe and interpret relevant aspects of the history and concepts of fine art photography
  • Work co-operatively, undertaking all tasks in accordance with Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) standards relevant to the Photomedia studio

Short Courses

In addition to full degree study, NAS offers an extensive range of Short Courses suited to all ages and experience levels. The courses are taught by practicing artists and are run on campus and online throughout the year, covering every artistic discipline from ceramics to sculpture to photomedia. NAS also offers an extensive school holiday program for all primary and high school students. Visit the Short Course pages for more information about what’s coming up.

Staff

  • Geoff Kleem

    Head of Photomedia

  • Damian Dillon

    Photomedia Studio Technician

  • Steven Cavanagh

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • David Manley

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Benjamin Chadbond

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Harley Ives

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Gary Warner

    Drawing / Photomedia Sessional

  • Caterina Pacialeo

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Sarah Mosca

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Todd McMillan

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Vincent Watson

    Photomedia Studio Technician

  • Socorro Cifuentes

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Alex Kershaw

    Photomedia Lecturer

Geoff Kleem

Head of Photomedia

Geoff Kleem is an artist and educator with extensive experience in teaching and research supervision. His practice though primarily photographic is conceptually driven and multidisciplinary, often encompassing installation, sculpture and other areas of practice.
He has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1982 with works held in the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, South Australia Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art plus institutional and private collections.
He has had over 30 Solo exhibitions and participated in over 100 group exhibitions. Notably at the Art Gallery of NSW Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Artspace Sydney, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Monash University Gallery Melbourne, Australian Centre for Photography Sydney, The Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne, The Suburban Chicago USA, Yale University USA, University of Technology Gallery Sydney, PS1 Museum New York USA and the MAK Museum Vienna Austria. His work has also been included in many institutional exhibitions touring Asia and Australia.
Geoff Kleems work has been broadly discussed and reviewed in publications such as Art and Australia, Australian Art Collector, Artforum Magazine, Art+Text, Broadsheet, Eikon and Eyeline Magazine.
Awards include Professional Development and New Work grants from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Residency Fellowship at PSI Museum New York USA, Artist Residency at the Chinati Foundation Marfa Texas USA, Visiting Artist University of Tennessee USA, Visual Arts Board studio residency Tokyo Japan and the University of Sydney Power Fellowship at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris.
He is represented by Kronenburg / Wright Artists Projects.

Damian Dillon

Photomedia Studio Technician

Damian Dillon is a Sydney based artist whose solo and collaborative practices incorporate video, photography, painting and collage. He was runner-up in the 2013 Chippendale New World Art Prize and a finalist in the Blacktown Art Prize and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Rebecca Shanahan is a Sydney based artist working in video, photography and installation.

Steven Cavanagh

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Steven Cavanagh has been a photographer for ten years. With a background in Fine Arts, he studied at the National Arts School (NAS) completing a Master of Fine Art majoring in photography. As a photographer, light, the world and the relation to it inspire him. His work sits outside any one photographic genre, referencing the surface of reality and representation, whilst also sitting firmly and knowingly within the psychological space of contemporary art. His images investigate the physical and psychological landscape of masculine identity. He has exhibited nationally.

David Manley

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Benjamin Chadbond

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Harley Ives

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Harley is a Sydney based artist whose work focuses on the moving image. Harley’s video loops explore visual qualities of an image and are often interpreted as a moving painting.

Harley graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree from the University of Western Sydney in 2002 and completed a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts in 2018.

Harley’s work was included in the ‘Caught Stealing’ exhibition at the National Art School.

He is represented by Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney.

Gary Warner

Drawing / Photomedia Sessional

Gary has been an artist for the past 40 years, and has a background in experimental filmmaking, photography, visual arts, music and sound art, and digital media production.

Gary has worked as a creative director and collaborator on a wide variety of cultural projects in museums, art galleries, visitor centres and botanic gardens across Australia and was twice involved in delivery of Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale (2001 – Lyndal Jones, 2008 – Abundant (Architecture Biennale).

Gary has been teaching experimental drawing since 2018 at the National Art School and has developed and run workshops in autonomous drawing machines at NAS, as well as at the University of Technology Sydney and Monash University’s Sensilab.

Caterina Pacialeo

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Caterina is a photographic artist whose work focuses on environmental portraits, representing people, places and diversity. Her photographic prints demand reflection on the mental conditioning of reality, dreams interactions and conformity. A fascinating blend of cerebral questioning, social observation and defined parameters – both physical and emotional, Caterina’s work strives to inspire through representational conflicts between life and innate human needs.

Caterina graduated from the College of Fine Arts UNSW with a BA in Fine Arts 1989, and a Master of Art in Photomedia (2008). She has held solo exhibitions and has been a finalist, awarded and participated in several group exhibitions here in Australia and the USA. Caterina has in-depth technical skills, with the appreciation for quality and attention to detail in her work.

Sarah Mosca

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Sarah is drawn to epic and historical tales recounting human will, sorrow and optimism. Her practice responds to both theoretical texts and pursuits of optimism. Each work threads recurring themes of sorrow and fiction to ask philosophical questions about truth, formlessness and aesthetics, exploring the object-hood and materiality of photographs.

Sarah’s recent exhibitions include; Contemporary Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Care, Interstate Projects, New York, Its all beneath the floor, its all between the walls, Vienna, Austria, The Alchemists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Cataracts and Waterfalls, solo show at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and the NSW Visual Arts Traveling Fellowship, Artspace, Sydney.

Artist Residency programs include; Banff Art Centre in Alberta, Canada, Artspace, Sydney and the NES Artist Residency Program, Iceland. She is the recipient of multiple New Work grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and her work is held in institutions and private collections in Australia, Germany and America.

Sarah Mosca is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery.

She is currently co-director of curatorial initiative SuperKaleidoscope.

Todd McMillan

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Todd is an artist whose photography, painting, film and video works operate at the crossroads of art, literature, and field-based enquiry. Bringing the themes of Romanticism to bear on the humorous and often pitiful adventures of the twenty-first century, Todd’s deeply introspective, image-based works evoke the tragicomedy of life, the inevitability of failure and the place of sincerity in the face of hopelessness. In his earlier works, acts of endurance and repetition mediate questions of meaning and, ultimately, purpose.

Todd’s film and video works were the subject of a major solo exhibition at MONA, Hobart, in 2013 titled Ten Years of Tears. In 2006 he won the prestigious Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. Other significant exhibitions include: Preparations for Rain 2018 Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney; New Matter 2016 Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; Primavera 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Desire Lines 2012-13 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Todd’s work is held in many public and private collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney; the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; and the Sir Elton John Collection.

Vincent Watson

Photomedia Studio Technician

Socorro Cifuentes

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Socorro Cifuentes studied Bachelor of Visual Arts at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). She makes remix videos that explore the relationship between media art practice and social movements in Latin America. She holds a Master of Philosophy from Western Sydney University. Her thesis “Rearguard Remix: a practice of political listening” explores the use of video remix as a process of creating relations among different knowledge systems.

Dr Alex Kershaw

Photomedia Lecturer

Dr Alex Kershaw is an artist, writer and educator. As an artist, he works in photography, video installation and documentary film. As a scholar, he connects photographic history and theory with other fields concerned with intersubjective and multi-species encounters such as ethnography, material culture and performance studies. He holds a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism with a Concentration in Art Practice from the University of California at San Diego and an MFA from the University of New South Wales, Art and Design. He has written for journals such as FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism and exhibited work at venues such as—Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian Centre for Photography, Australia; Jeu de Paume, France; Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; and Matucana 100, Chile.

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