Message from the director
Pressure is mounting. In a general sense, all systems are pretty much go, and it looks like
our inaugural Daylesford Foto Biennale is going to be as big as we initially hoped it would be. And given that as late
as last September we were seriously talking about pulling the plug - too hard, no support, under resourced etc. etc. - it
speaks volumes for the efforts of the
committee to get it up and running - no mean feat for a bunch of unpaid volunteers with
limited experience in major events management.
Obviously there are still lots of I s to be dotted and T s to be crossed, but we are getting there, and with a few more
sleepless nights in the run up to June 3rd, hopefully all will be in place for a seamless festival.
DFB inc. president Lynette Zeeng and myself are off to the huge PICA trade fair at the Brisbane exhibition centre next
week, where PICA have kindly donated a stand for the DFB to publicise the event. The PICA Show, in conjunction with the AIPP
judging of the Canon, Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards attracts photographers and photographic industry
personnel from all over Australasia, and our stand will be a great publicity showcase for DFB 05
Your subscriber fee, as well as helping us to defray some of the costs of running the festival,
entitles you to discount entry to all DFB 05 seminars, workshops, and free entry to the Convent gallery, which hosts a
total of seven Biennale shows.
As an added bonus, RMIT University have donated a one semester course from their BA photography program - "The Language
of Colour" All subscribers will go in to a draw
for this prize on July 3rd. Only condition is that the winner must take up the prize in second
semester 2005 or first semester 2006. This course unit is valued at around $900.00.
Subscriber cards have been posted out. If you have not received yours yet it is because we dont have your mailing address.
Some highlights from the main festival program
Keynote exhibition for DFB 05 is Michael Coynes "Their Stories are My Stories" in the Main and Hallway galleries
at the Convent. Michael has had a number of solo and combined exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and America.
His books include: A World of Australians, Second Spring, Tour of Duty, Jesus the Jew and The Oz Factor. He has worked for
magazines such as Newsweek, Life, Time & National Geographic Magazine. His numerous awards include American National Press
Photographers Association, Overseas Press Club of America, New York Art Directors Award and Religious Book of the Year. Michael
has been contracted to the prestigious New York agency, Black Star for twenty years.
At the Uniting Church, also in the photodocumentary realm Tim Page shows a series of huge -1.8m X 1.2m images from international
areas of conflict, although these are humanist pictures rather than the blood and gore shock value fare of most war photographers.
Anthony Browell from Sydney shows work from two series at the Mercato Shed, with images from an earlier series titled
"Waterfront&" and current work, "Obscura" Nudes in the landscape made with a pinhole camera
2 shows which I am looking forward to - currently in transit from Fremantle WA - and featured at last years Foto Freo,
are Christophe Bourguedieus "Tavastia", and Michel Paradinas "Burkina Faso". Both shows originate from
France, and give our first Biennale an international flavour, something we hope will grow in 2007.
We have a need for a crew of volunteers to sit various shows during the festival, as well as man the info caravan and
undertake other tasks as the need arises. Some of you have already volunteered your services, and we will be in touch soon
to work out the specifics. If you havent yet offered your services and have some spare time over June, we would love to hear
Send us an email in the first instance, with an indication of your availability, to <email@example.com>
And of course, as a volunteer you will get free entry to DFB seminars [subject to a few conditions]
We have just taken delivery of 10,000 copies of the official program - copies of which are free - which will start appearing
in all the places photographers congregate very soon. So keep you eyes peeled and pick up a copy. And there is also a fairly
comprehensive listing of all things DFB 05 on the website http://www.daylesfordfotobiennale.org
All the program info is available in PDF form [minus the ads] If you would like any specific part of the program to forward
on electronically - ie workshops, seminars, main exhibitions, umbrella exhibitions, misc. events etc. send us an email.
DFB subscribers are entitled to a range of benefits, including concession price entry to ticketed seminar events and workshops,
and free entry to the Convent Gallery. As well, your subscription fee helps us to fund and stage Biennale events. Subscription
is for the duration of the biennale period, so if you subscribe now your subscription is valid until the close of DFB 05.
Subscription forms are available from the biennale office PO box 569 Daylesford 3460, telephone 5348 5703, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Subscription fee is just $22.00 including GST