free radical notes #87

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correlate side fan # 87  30/7/07

Haiku stuff

Upon reflection
I would not have changed a thing
Just the drapes, maybe.

New members stuff

Quite a list of new members - the list would be even longer if I hadn't misfiled a couple of scraps of paper  containing information like names and contact emails. My apologies, and if someone you know paid their ten bucks and still hasn't had a copy of the notes in their inbox, or received their badge in the mail - tell them to get in touch so I can  update the database. free radical welcomes the following new members:  John Ford, Victor Joubert, Angie Turnbull, Jens Waldenmaier, Julie Millowick, Cameron Stephen, Con Tsapazi, Bob Hewitt, Adam Del Borro, Chris Rowett, Shaireen VanTuil, Jenny Schulz, Ed Pawlak, and Julie Ewing.

apologies stuff

Has it really been 4 months since I got the last edition of the notes out!? For those of you who religiously archive the notes a quick peek in your free radical file will indeed confirm that  edition #86 was circulated  April 1st 2007.  Would you believe that the Daylesford Foto Biennale has become an all consuming monster? Well it has, and a month on from the close it continues to dominate my working week. So my sincere apologies to all of you who sent exhibition notices, classified listings etc. etc. which  unfortunately became redundant with the passage of time.

free radical website

Those of you who like pop ups I know will be disappointed, but free radical has a new website - big thankyou to Cameron Stephen, who by default has saddled himself with the moniker ‚Äòfree radical webmeister' - open ye your mouth and insert ye your foot! New URL is  so check it out and bookmark so you can go there often and  check out if your name is mis-spelled on the members page, or check out the latest edition of the notes minus all the gobbledygook that the old site builder interprets as Mac punctuation. Computers - you gotta love em! There is also a link so you can join the growing community at the free radical Flickr site.

DFB09 fundraiser print auction

The Daylesford Foto Biennale in conjunction with David Johns Gallery present a DFB09 fundraiser silent auction of celebrity portraits from the 'Known' exhibition which was part of the DFB07 Main Program at the Clunes Town Hall. The Auction takes place at David Johns Gallery, 15A Railway Place, Fairfield [enter via Gilles Street - Melways ref 30 K 11] Saturday August 4th at 2.30pm.  You can view all the prints online at the following link, from where you can submit a bid. All prints are framed ready to hang, and have a reserve starting bid of $250.00 

editorial stuff

[thanks fr# 262 Ray Copley] As the festivities around Magnum's 60th birthday and the famously passionate AGM in New York City are over, Inge Bondi, who worked for Magnum for 20 years, looks back at the early years of the agency.
By Inge Bondi:
When I was hired by Magnum Photos in New York at the beginning of 1950 as a researcher/secretary, Magnum was just two and half years old, having been established in New York and Paris in May 1947. The name conjured up pictures of glamour, but in fact its creation had been an act of desperation: working conditions had changed. Robert Capa, a Hungarian, had already been acclaimed as the most daring and brilliant of war photographers for his coverage of the Spanish Civil War in the thirties. He and George Rodger, an Englishman, had covered World War II for LIFE and other magazines. George had chased the enemy across Africa from East to West and had walked ahead of it out of Burma into India. Henri Cartier-Bresson had been a French prisoner of war in German hands, had worked with the French Underground after escaping, and had been given a post-war retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946. David Seymour, a Pole known as as Chim, had been a much-published photographer before the war, and a great friend of Capa?s and Cartier-Bresson?s in Paris. He had spent the war years in the U.S. Army interpreting aerial reconnaissance photographs. William Vandivert, the American, had worked for LIFE before and during the war. He stayed only a year with Magnum. The original Magnum photographers were all in their mid thirties and experienced in working independently in the field. With peace the magazines, especially in the US, began expanding their activities, hiring younger photographers on staff . Quite naturally, editorial emphasis shifted to the interests of the troops coming home and the daily routine of newly united families. Stories from far-off lands had to be beyond the scope of the magazine staff photographers. The small international group that created Magnum felt that tectonic changes would soon be creating a changed world, and they wanted to report on them. Continue reading "Early Magnum" on our website.

call for entry  stuff

Scope Kerala Gallery is looking for photographers to submit landscape, urbanscape or seascape images.Scope is an exhibition of photographic art. Images created via any form of photography will be accepted for consideration (i.e. shot on film, shot digitally, unaltered shots, abstract digital manipulations etc.)The image/s maybe black and white or colour.
The entry process is very easy. Simply visit download and fill out the registration form and email your images as JPEG files (approx 600px @ 72 dpi) to for selection. Our key aim is to sell the work that is exhibited and to showcase a truly excellent presentation of photographic art. The gallery will receive a 20% commission on work sold.
DFB are curating a photographic exhibition as part of the Chill Out Festival in Daylesford over the Labour Day weekend in March 2008. Call for entry for photographic based works under the theme of ‚ÄòQueer as Country Folk' For info re proposal criteria, email to  info (at) Possible venues will be the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens and/or Andersons Mill at Smeaton

You be the judge stuff

I guess everyone is too busy to look at pictures nowadays, either that or they are intimidated by having to look at pictures and  make a choice as to which is the best of the 2006 head On Portrait prize entries.They are all up on the HeadOn website  Scroll through the images and make your choice as to which image you think should have won HeadOn 2006.  Be decisive -  choose one image only, and Contact free radical by email with the author name of your pick in the subject line. I don't need a critique on the whys and wherefores - just the name of the author - you don't even have to write anything in the body of the email, although if you would like to write an editorial piece for a future edition of the notes you are more than welcome to do so. After we have a considerable number of votes I will tally the results and we will see if free radical consensus matches that of the 2006 HeadOn judges. Current tally stands at thirteen votes - only an increase of 10 votes in the past 4 months, and hardly sufficient tvotes to nominate a clear winner, so extract the proverbial digit, hit the head on link and spend a few minutes making your choice.

other stuff

fr#113 Sonia Payes sends the following:

The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said,"Well, I'm off now. The man should be here soon." Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. "Good morning, Ma'am," he said, "I've come to..."
"Oh, no need to explain," Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, "I've been expecting you." "Have you really?" said the photographer. "Well, that's good. Did you know babies are my specialty?" "Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat. After a moment she asked, blushing, "Well, where do we start?"
"Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub,one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there." "Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry and me!" Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results." "My, that's a lot!" gasped Mrs. Smith. "Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be in and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with that." "Don't I know it," said Mrs. Smith quietly.
The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. "This was done on the top of a bus," he said. "Oh my God!" Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat. "And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with."
"She was difficult?" asked Mrs. Smith. "Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look." "Four and five deep?" said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement. "Yes," the photographer replied, "and, for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in."
Mrs. Smith leaned forward. "Do you mean they actually chewed on your, um, equipment?"
"It's true, Ma'am, yes. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away."
"Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big to be held in the hand very long." Mrs. Smith fainted.

HeadOn stuff

The People's Choice Award this year has been presented to Christian Mushenko, for his image 'Superheroes'. Thanks to all who cast their vote and congratulations to Monique March and Jenni Sharman, who were the lucky voters. Head On, now in its fourth year, has established itself as one of Australia's major photographic portrait exhibitions; this year's show attracted over 11000 visitors at the Australian Centre for Photography and at Daylesford Foto Biennale. This year's images and past shows can be viewed at: HeadOn 2007 Archives

nicked stuff

On July 18th a battery powered Studio flash head was stole from me- Model: Jinbei 330. the battery was not taken - it came in a black bag and had a custom white power cable. fr# 233 Ivan Lee would be interested in hearing if anyone offers to sell you this item. 9701 1201 mobile: 0413 151 281 email: ivan (at)

exhibition stuff

I can't list it if I don't know about it - free radicals are scattered all over the country, so am happy to list your show be it in Melbourne, Darwin, Hobart or wherever. send the details by contacting free radical by email Include details of opening and closing dates, gallery address, opening hours, and if you like, a brief synopsis of the show. Send information as text only, preferably pasted into the body of an email and not as an attachment. Sometimes it's 4 - 6 weeks between editions of the notes, so if you want to be sure of getting a listing, get your details in early.

Condomonium by Jeff Moorfoot [fr#1] is at the Perfect Drop wine bar, 5 Howe St Daylesford for the month of August. Open 3 till late Weds, Thurs, Friday and Monday, and 11 to late Sats and Sun

Contact by Tony Reddrop [fr#447]
2.00 pm opening, Thursday August 2nd at Western Visitors Centre, The Shrine Of Remembrance, Melbourne.

SCOPE - Group show at Kerala Gallery
Exhibition dates: 10th August - 23rd August Opening night: Thursday 9th August 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lee Miller's War current to 2nd Sept.
Lee Miller's War comes to Monash Gallery of Art from the Lee Miller Archives in England and presents 110 photographs by one of the world's most influential and remarkable photographers. Lee Miller's War presents works created during 1944-45 when Miller visited hospitals in Normandy and travelled through Germany, France, Austria, Hungary and Romania, as an official war correspondent for Vogue . Her unflinching documentation and commentary of what she witnessed shocked and educated the world to the horrors and futility of war.


Falling through days by Karina Grundy: show current to 18 AUGUST
Karina Grundy's new exhibition is a portrait of the contemporary Australian family. She has an eye for the social political barb, satirical comment and the ordinariness of the everyday. Grundy's photographs are staged in a studio setting supported by the most basic furniture ensembles – as if nothing else matters. Family members encounter each other in various domestic scenarios, seemingly cut off from the world and struggling with their identity in spite of conflicting loyalties and passions. These works are theatrical in mode - we suspend any disbelief and are prepared to go with her - ensuing an empathy with the subjects and scenarios.
at the Monash Gallery of Art Corner Jells & Ferntree Gully Roads, Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150 Tel: 03 9562 1569 Email: mga (at) Web:
Open: Tue-Fri: 10-5pm, Sat-Sun: 12-5pm, Mon & public holidays: closed. Gallery, gift shop, licensed cafe and sculpture park Now FREE ADMISSION

'Movement After Dark' Group Photography Exhibition 21 Aug - 1 Sept 2007
Brought to you by The F2.8 Group. VIP opening night. Tuesday 21st August 2007 6pm - 8pm. The F2.8 Group is privileged to have Naomi Cass, Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography as our guest speaker for the evening. At 'Upstairs', Flinders Lane Gallery, 137 Flinders Lane (entry via Oliver Lane) RSVP events (at)

classified stuff

Darkroom + studio/workshop for let, hire or share in busy studio and sculpture complex at Fundere Studios, in West Footscray Large carefully designed and constructed darkroom with sinks suitable for giant prints. Fully equipped and vented for B+W processing + printing. Equipment includes Durst Laborator 1200. Studio/workshop space, 7m x 5m approx, some storage available. For details please contact; Sean or Cameron on 9315 1156 or Alan 0415 739 370

end stuff

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