Writing about photography and beyond

Two Griffith University creative writing students will join award-winning writer, Marion Halligan to respond to the Josephine Ulrick photography awards at the Gold Coast Art Gallery from 2pm this Saturday June 16.

Sue Pearson and Alinta Krauth won a student competition to produce 500-word pieces that responded to any one photo in the exhibition.

Marion Halligan is author of Out of the Picturea collection of short stories and essays inspired by photographs from the National Library of Australia’s Pictorial Collection. The students will respond following Marion’s talk.

School of Arts head Professor Stephen Stockwell will then speak about another two exhibitions at the gallery: David Moore’s personal selection of the best of his photojournalism and Gold Coast artist and Griffith PhD student, Kathy Mackey’s installation that challenges the ways we see images.

“This is an exciting afternoon focusing on the Gallery’s current exhibitions about photography,” Professor Stockwell said.

“As we become a more visually-oriented society, I’m interested in new and provocative ways of thinking about images and their part in human life.

“It is important that we understand how the emotional impact of the image is beyond words and consider new ways of thinking, talking and writing about images that embrace our complex connections to them.

“The interaction between the image and the imagination will become an even more important issue during the 21st century that will affect economics, politics and human life.”

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award winner was announced in May.

The Gold Coast Art Gallery is located at 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise.