Home' Scoop Homes and Art : SHAA 32 Contents FotoFreo festival director Bob Hewitt
takes his pick of this year's program
WA MARITIME MUSEUM
"It's a must-go place with the Martin Parr commission, and
work by Raghu Rai, who is undoubtedly the most important
living Indian photographer."
Until April 15
FREMANTLE ART CENTRE
"There will be a very interesting group exhibition from India.
It's also where Richard and Famous will be, and accomplished
Australian photographers Eric Bridgeman and Murray Fredericks."
Until May 13
JOHN CURTIN GALLERY
"The FutureGen project is looking at the best of Australian
and Chinese student photographers. I think it will be interesting
to make comparisons between the work."
Until May 11
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explains. "He comes in with a fresh eye, and sees things
most people overlook."
at might be a pot-bellied man drinking beer on Cable
Beach, or a mine worker sitting inside a South Hedland mosque
-- just some of the scenes that turn up in his exhibition, No
Worries: Martin Parr. "I like to take cliches and use them with a
twist," says the photographer.
Bob says "the uniqueness of these images" gives them
value -- the way each piece has a style and narrative of itself.
By comparison, Richard and Famous is the sum of its parts;
a dazzling array of so many famous faces, and one that's not
so famous, appearing over and over again.
"My photos are more like friend photos," Richard
explains. " ey stand with their arm around me, giving
the camera a smile."
Of course, they're not really friends, at least not in the
usual sense. at's what makes the exhibition so compelling,
and ultimately something on the walls of an art gallery, and
not the walls of Facebook. So does Richard think there's a
future in fine art for other amateur photographers?
"Probably -- but just because someone can take a great
photo, that doesn't mean it's a great art photo," he says. "My
collection took 23 years to build." It's just fortunate technology
these days is so fast.
FotoFreo 2012: until April 15, various venues, fotofreo.com.
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