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Lee Grant April 15, 2011

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Sudanese Diaspora in Australia, Canberra, 2010

Lee Grant (b. 1973, Australia) has a degree in Anthropology and recently completed a Master of Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art. After a ten year domestic hiatus Lee returned to photography in 2005 and has since exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, the Monash Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the Queensland Centre for Photography amongst others. Lee has been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize (twice), Head On (twice), the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Prize, Critical Mass 09, Sony/ACMP’s Projections as well as the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize. She was recently published in Hijacked Vol. 3: Australia and Germany and has  been featured in numerous online zines and blogs.

About the Photograph:

“I started working on this project about the Sudanese diaspora in Australia after photographing a Sudanese family for another project set in suburbia. According to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Sudanese community is  one of the fastest growing groups in Australia. In the last few years many Sudanese immigrants have moved into the outer suburbs of where I live. This photograph is one of a number of formal portraits taken as part of this ongoing series. Anna (17) holds her sleeping daughter, Aguet (2 months). Like many other young Sudanese, Anna faces a future of challenges – balancing family responsibilities and other traditional expectations with both opportunity and prejudice in a new social and cultural environment. She continues to go to school when she can but more often than not stays at home to look after her daughter and help her Mother with the rest of her extended family.”

Glenn Campbell October 1, 2010

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Levitating Blue Heeler. Urandangi, Australia 1997

Glenn Campbell (b.1970, Australia ) began working as a photojournalist in 1996 at the Townsville Buletin, after a vagabond life as a Miner, Prawn fisherman and Feral pig hunter. He was a staff photographer at the national daily newspaper ‘The Australian’ till 2004, when he abruptly left the court of the sun king to hang out his shingle in Darwin, the most northern city in Australia with an international airport. He has covered assignments in Pakistan’s North West Frontier, terrorist hit Bali, the Jihadi havens of central Java and documented  the growing pains of a newly independent East Timor. In 2009 he was appointed an official war artist by the Australian War Memorial to produce a body of work on the Australian Army’s peace keeping role in the Asia Pacific region.

About the Photograph:

“Every one says ‘Oh Man! I just love that jumping dog shot.’ Oh Gawd! It was taken 13 years ago, when (with hindsight) I knew pretty much nothing about everything… there are so many reasons why that shot drives me crazy! I made it in Urandangi, a town that no one’s heard of, of a bloke named Ray, who’s sadly passed away since. So, regardless of all I’ve done since and all I’ll do in the future, I’m the jumping dog guy. I’ll be carrying around ‘The levitating Blue Heeler from Urandangi’, publicly scoffing it , secretly enjoying it, quietly ruminating on its imperfections and wondering how good it could have been. Wanting so much to just leave it behind… Wanting even more to take a better one.”

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