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This issue features folios by Simon Harsent, Jan Caga, Vsevolod Vlasenko and Change He

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  • developments in photography

    15JUNE 2015

  • Office AddressUpstairs, Mining exchange12 Lydiard street North,Ballarat Vic 3350

    BETA developments in photographyISSUE 15editor: Jeff Moorfootdesign: Penelope Annecontact: beta@ballaratfoto.org

    All content in this magazine is 2015 of the Ballarat international foto Biennale and participating artists, and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the BifB. inc save for fair dealing for the purposes of research, study, criticism, review, reporting news. All other rights are reserved.

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  • 08Simon Harsent

    INTO THE ABYSS

    26Jan Caga

    THE MuSEuM WOrkErS

    52Vsevolod Vlasenko

    OdESSA : VANISHINg CITY

    74Chang He

    glASS BOx

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  • BeTA developments in photography purposely shies away from verbose explanations and wordy artist state- ments. in fact, quite often i feel myself hoist on my own petard with my open- ing essay for each issue as my writing skills are probably more suited to those of the advertising copywriter or the newspaper sub editor, or perhaps even a comedic ghost writer, than an art critic. And so i encourage our BeTA contributors to keep it short and sweet. leave the flowery intellectual stuff to the novelists! if the work needs a lengthy explanation for validation then it probably misses the point! Of course this is not always the case. Life is never that simple. But increasingly i see the work of artists who, to my way of think- ing, seem better suited to a literary career than that of an image maker.

    Looking back through the BeTA history i was quite amazed to see that we have presented folios from 88 photo- graphic artists from around the world since our first issue back in October 2012. The list of BeTA alumni and the issue in which they featured appears elsewhere in 15 and this acknowledge- ment will be updated in each issue into the future.

    This is the fifteenth edition of BeTA developments in photography [have we been going that long?... my, how time flies when youre having fun!] and again we take pleasure in presenting four folios from all corners of the planet, which in itself is a bit of a conundrum, our planet being a spherical form! Nonetheless we present works from Vsevoldo Vlasenko from russia, the czech republics Jan caga, whose work i came across via the Photolucida [Portland Oregon] critical Mass online portfolio reviews, chang He, who i met at the shanghai Photo festival in china last October, and simon Harsent, UK born but a bit of a global warrior work- ing in the high pressure advertising world both here in sydney and in New York. Once again i take delight in the diversity of our art and our craft, and offer for your enjoyment four folios that demonstrate the potential that photogr- aphy affords the creative mind matched with the technical skills to communicate a feeling, a mood, an idea.

  • suitable for future editions of BeTA. You can email Mike at 1000words@ballaratfoto.org with your critical essays, reviews and writings on photography for considera- tion of being published in a future issue.

    Thanks for reading. see you again in the pages of BeTA developments in photography 16.

    Jeff Moorfoot BifB creative director BeTA editor

    And while on the subject of future issues, BeTA developments in photo- graphy number 16 will be published just prior to the opening of the 2015 Ballarat international foto Biennale, which runs from August 22nd to sept- ember 20th, and will present over 200 events at eighty venues in and around Ballarat over the festival month. The 16th issue will present mini folios from most of the artists who comprise the core exhibition Program at the festival. The work wont be what they are show- ing at BifB15 youll have to make the trip to Ballarat to experience that, inst- ead it will be alternate work from each artist, designed to whet your appetite for the experiences that will unfold across Ballarat from August 22nd.

    Just by the by, if you enjoy words about photography as much as you enjoy reading images, the fourth issue of the sister publication to BeTA ONeTHOUsANd WOrds [about photography] has just been released. editor Mike Lim is as interested in hear- ing from writers on photography as i am interested in seeing folios that may

  • 8Simon HarsentInto The Abyss A little deeper and shell lose the light. At first the surface is just touchable - shadows that might be clouds or birds in flight She sets her face to the skim

    to get the last of the world she came from, some slight sense of voices fading as she slips from almost-day to almost-night, grey-green shading

    first to blue, then more than blue, then to a blue never seen by anyone but her, and that slow drift into darkness set to sever all that she owned or wanted, all she had ever been.

    David Harsent

  • 9This series of images by simon Harsent was photographed for the inaugural exhibition and subsequent publication by The Pool collective titled Blow up.

    founded in 2008, The collective is a group of likeminded photographers working across both commercial and fine art disciplines. One of the aims of the group is to publish and exhibit as a group, each photographer was required to explore a new body of work to show in the exhibition that was held over three days at fleet steps on sydneys foreshore. Harsent collabor- ated with his father Poet david Harsent who penned a poem in response to the series of photographs. The subsequent poem is featured in david Harsents award winning collection of poems titled fire songs under the title dive.

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    simon Harsent was born in england in 1965, where he studied photography at Watford college. in 1987 he moved to sydney and then to New York, where he is based today, in 1997. Harsent was selected in Australian creatives Power 20 issue in 2011 as one of the most influential people in advertising photography. His first monograph, Melt: Portrait of an iceberg, published late 2009 to critical acclaim, reinforced by its inclusion in the Photo district News [PdN] yearly Best Of Annual and the prestigious d&Ad Annual. He was also featured in canons web based interview series seconds with where he talked about his journey in creating the book Melt.

    website: simonharsent.com

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    Jan Caga

    Museum Workers

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    The museum was, is and always will be the living memory of each country. The Temple of knowledge and education. The lighthouse in difficult uncertain times. The oasis of warm friendliness. its a fascinating place, mysterious, impressive and exclusive, proud of its history and open to all contemporaries. it reveals the ancient as well as the yesterday, targeting both the small and the monumental. The museum is a microcosm. but it is a microcosm of the extremely rich, and the unanticipated, carefully constructed, to each its own.

    This project records the portraits of czech Moravian museum workers both staged or during their normal working operations. These are the people who are behind the public fac- ade - fascinating, headstrong, eccentric, sometimes dogged, but also kind, mercurial, quarrelsome and taciturn. At first glance they are a very diverse group of people, but one important thing they have in common. is that they really love their museums.

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