The future of photography
Thursday 17th March, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
A recent survey named photography as one of the growth industries of the future, while other commentators predict its decline as a profession. Who is correct, and in any case, what will photography even look like five, ten or twenty years from now? Technology is one issue, but so too are the uses to which we put this amazing medium, and the ways we will continue to devise in order to make a living from it.
For this special event on a topic that concerns us all, we have assembled a choir of voices, both old-school and new, comprising analogue veterans and digital natives.
Panel chair John Swainston’s career in photographic equipment distribution spanned 44 years, first in the UK and the US, then in Australia, where he spent 27 years as national distributor for Nikon, and nine years for Lowepro. He has basically seen it all, from film to digital and Super 8 to hi-speed video shot on an iPhone. He was Deputy Chair of the Australian Centre for Photography from 2002-2005 and presented the Australian Press Photography Awards for 19 years. John is also a passionate photographer and is currently writing a book about Australian photographers scheduled for publication in 2016.
Emily Rayner is the Group Content Director of The Weekly Review and Domain Group Victoria. A passionate digital media specialist, Emily has over 20 years experience in content and marketing strategies and has worked across a broad range of industry sectors including entertainment, telecommunications, FMCG and media for companies as diverse as Fairfax, Southern Cross Austereo, ITV, AOL/ Huffington Post, Bauer Media, BBC, Optus and Orange Mobile.
Michael Rayner is a former staff photographer for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend and has carried out freelance assignments for a number of major magazines. He has won many national photographic awards in recognition of his contribution to Australian press photography. His books include Ticket to Ride, a reflection of life and characters around the Australian continent by train; Caribbean Odyssey, a celebration of cricket and life in the West Indies; and Contact Renewed; Australia versus the new South Africa, an entertaining account of life following the resumption of Test cricket after apartheid. Also a lecturer and mentor formerly in charge of the photojournalism major at PSC, he currently works full time for The Weekly Review magazine.
Digital native Will Shipton is an editor and journalist who specialises in the photographic industry. He is editor of ProCounter, a website and online newsletter for Australian professional photographers and aspiring pros. He is also a regular contributor to Photo Review Magazine. Will has a BA (Distinction) in journalism from Deakin University and is a keen enthusiast photographer.
A veteran of the photographic business who takes the occasional picture, in the 1980s Keith Shipton was editor of Australian Photography and the pro magazine that is now titled Capture. He then spent 12 years at Kodak as manager of Corporate Affairs for Australia and Asia Pacific. He now publishes PhotoCounter, the online industry publication of record for Australia and New Zealand, as well as ProCounter, for Australian professional photographers. He also contributes freelance articles on photography and photographers to a variety of publications.
Written by photographer and lecturer, Bill Bachman, February 2016