Luis Ascui Exhibition

2016-10-06 — posted by at 13:24


Copyright Luis Ascui

Luis Ascui a former student of PIC, presents the beginning of a new photographic journey into his homeland of Chile, with images of the indigenous Mapuche community who live in remote, southern regions of the country that border Argentina.

In his professional life he’s received the 2000 Nikon Award for Photojournalism Asia, covering Indonesia’s political transition to a post-Suharto government. Other significant work includes images from Afghanistan during the Taliban’s siege of Kabul, Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge were operational, Mexico’s Zapatista-indigenous uprising, and the civil conflict in northern Sri Lanka from the Tamil Tiger base in Kilinochchi. He has also photographed on location for broadcast networks (National Geographic and The Discovery Channel) in Mongolia’s Gobi desert, and from Mount Everest’s base camp 2, and undertakes “extreme” shoots in the Oceania region for programs such as Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls and Naked Survivor with Ed Stafford. Much of his work in breaking news – for Reuters, Getty Images, AP, and magazines like TIME and newspapers around the globe – over the last two decades has covered frontline natural disaster stories such as the devastating Asia Boxing Day tsunami, and earthquakes in Pakistan, Nias Island, and Chile.

His interest in human stories explores history and some of the contemporary challenges faced by Chile’s indigenous culture. What comes to light is a struggle for recognition among these visual narratives. Early in his career, Luis received a grant from Panos (London) for documenting Mayan culture in Central America and those images were exhibited in Copenhagen at the United Nations Summit for Social Development. These recent photographs from Chile continue this visual narrative that began some 30 years ago.

Publishers and news agencies include:
The New York Times, The Times (London), The Independent (London), The Daily Telegraph (London), The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times (London), and magazines: TIME International, Asia Week (Hong Kong), Focus Magazine (Germany), Hombre De Maiz Magazine (Central America), El Clarin (Argentina), Reuters (Central America), Reuters (Australia), The Associated Press (Cambodia), The Associated Press (Australia), Agence France-Presse (London), SIPA Press (New York), Medecins Sans Frontiers (Afghanistan), ICRC – International Centre for the Red Cross (Afghanistan).



New CCP Exhibition

2016-09-23 — posted by at 09:12

The CCP has a new exhibition opening on the 1st of October entitled, WALKER EVANS: THE MAGAZINE WORK, and is curated by David Company.
More information on their website.


The CCP is a venue that our students visit as part of their photography studies. Walker Evans is a photographer who is examined in detail in our photography course. Want to study more about these aspects of photography? Apply now!



2016-09-15 — posted by at 20:42

If you are applying to study photography with us in 2017, we can be found easily searching the VTAC site, our course code is, 9500189514 . Contact us if you need more help applying to study photography with us.


Wordless Wednesday

2016-09-14 — posted by at 08:53

We are running another blog, here is the first post

Want to make images like this one on our other blog, apply to enrol now!


Want to study Photography in 2018?

2016-08-29 — posted by at 10:54


Applications for 2018 studies in Photography are now open.

Contact us for an interview or download a pic_application form.

All you need is to have successfully completed your VCE or equivalent, and a portfolio of photo based or creative imagery.

You also need to apply though VTAC.


Part Time Photography Studies?

2016-03-17 — posted by at 11:45

We now offer part time study in Photography. Our current part time photographic classes are full. We will take direct applications for places for part time photographic studies in the 2017 academic year in November 2016


Nick Chiarizia – Olive Cotton Award Finalist

2015-09-02 — posted by at 11:46

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PIC Student Nick Chiarizia was a finalist for the Olive Cotton Portraiture award 2015, Born in 1953 Melbourne based artist Nick Chiarizia is currently studying towards his Diploma of Photo Imaging at PIC. His Image “Victor Rubin” was selected to be apart of Olive Cotton Award exhibition. His portrait was of Artist Victor Rubin in his Art studio, below is the Artist statement submitted alongside the portrait:

Victor Rubin: Australian Artist and Painter

Born in Sydney in 1950, Rubin a visual artist began studying at John Olsen’s Bakery Art School at age 17 before moving on to the National Art School, NSW and later, became Artist in Residence, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris. In his early years, influences were German expressionism and artists like Van Gogh as well as echoes of Soutine and Picasso through his association with the Yellow House in Sydney. By early 1970’s the influences of Olsen, John Perceval, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and others associated with Heide Park were embraced by Rubin, as he developed his own inventive and distinctive style.


In 2010, Rubin painted John Olsen (his mentor and close friend) who suggested he be painted in a bath for the Archibald Prize. Rubin experimented with different versions on canvas before arriving at the final composition that showed a hint of Rembrandt and Van Gogh painted in the French tradition that led to the position of runner-up for first prize.


During the last four decades of Rubin’s career, he has had over 50 solo (as well as many more group) exhibitions. He is represented in all major state and federal galleries, and many regional galleries in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Many major corporations in Australia hold a private collection of his work and he is also represented overseas in the Museum of Fine Art in Taipei, Auckland City Gallery and private collections in Europe and America. The late Patrick White and Miles Davis also hold a collection of Rubin’s work. Without doubt Victor Rubin, as earned his place amongst Australia’s most distinguished and revered artist painters.


My photograph of Victor Rubin was captured on medium format black and white film during a sunny afternoon (late spring 2015) in his Collingwood studio while surrounded by a selection of his paintings and assemblages.


Nathan Coote – Photojournalism

2015-09-02 — posted by at 09:36

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PIC student Nathan Coote has successfully had work published via the New zulu news website, photographing and documenting two protests for the website, Nathan is a 20 year old Photographer from Prahran, Melbourne, Australia. currently studying at Photographic Imaging College ( PIC) shooting in both Digital & Analog Process. Ranging from different areas of photography but mostly focusing on Documentation, Infrastructure and portraits. Please follow the links below to view Nathan’s Work on New Zulu and other events Nathan has shot:

Rail, Tram & Bus union at the Flinders St Station – http://www.newzulu.com.au/en/photos/australia/2015-08-21/11810/melbourne-transport-workers-rally-for-fair-deal.html#f=0/126471

and in Bendigo: Rival Protest Groups Rally over Controversial Mosque – http://www.newzulu.com.au/en/photos/australia/2015-08-29/11926/bendigo-rival-protest-groups-rally-over.html#f=0/127842





2015-08-26 — posted by at 14:17

Come along to the PIC OPEN DAY on the 15th September 2pm-6pm.


BIFB 2015!

2015-08-20 — posted by at 15:15

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) is a month-long festival of contemporary Australian and international photography.

Held every two years in the beautiful and historic city of Ballarat, the BIFB presents two major exhibition programs. The BIFB Core Program is a curated exhibition of 20 leading photographic artists, while the BIFB Fringe Program is an open-entry presentation by more than 200 artists. Our exhibitions are staged in more than 80 venues across Ballarat, including historic buildings, cafes, galleries, and public spaces.

The BIFB continues to grow, contributing over $1.4m to the local community. So far, over 150,000 photography lovers have attended our exhibitions, workshops and events.

Exhibitions are complemented by an extensive program for photographers of all levels. This includes an integrated program of workshops, seminars, audio-visual projections, master classes, artist talks, portfolio reviews, and photographic competitions.

The 2015 edition of the festival will open on 22nd August and runs until 20th September 2015. We look forward to welcoming you.

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