November 2–10


The Independent Photography Festival (IPF) 2013 is Melbourne’s second annual celebration of independent photography, its application and practice.

Initiated by Hard Workers Club & Smalltime Projects and hosted by some of Melbourne’s best small galleries and project spaces, IPF 2013 will present a series of exhibitions by Australian photographers and international guests. Festival hub Magic Johnston Cultural Complex will host our annual Photo Book & Zine Fair, the AUS premiere screening of Everybody Street and IPF’s international Photo Prize exhibition as well as a hands-on Workshop Day. New to the program this year is the IPF Kiosk – on the northeast corner of Lonsdale Street and Swanston Street – where we’ll be selling photo books, zines and more throughout the festival.

While we’re eternally grateful to The Internet for the infinite platform it gives us to connect, collaborate and communicate, we feel that for too long our altogether analogue, manual and physical practice has been confined to blogs, tumblrs and dedicated websites. IPF hopes to bring together the living, breathing artists and creatives who make up our inclusive but nowadays very screen-based discipline. The program introduces hard-working, autonomous, passionate, and progressive photographers who are creating for the love of shooting and shooting for the love of creating.

Get Involved

IPF has been created to increase and improve real-life interaction between photographers, creatives and anyone interested in or curious about independent photography and creativity. We welcome everybody to the exhibition openings and run dates, to vote in the Photo Prize People’s Choice Award, to check out the AUS premiere of Everybody Street, to learn printing and binding at our Workshop Day, to browse, buy, talk and swap at the IPF Kiosk and the Photo Book & Zine Fair, to drop rolls to be developed at our Hillvale drop-offs, to say hi on Twitter or Instagram (@I_P_F) and to party with us at our opening and closing events.

IPF 2013 Photo Prize

Opening Saturday 2 Nov, 6–8pm
Magic Johnston

Building on last year's inaugural event, with over 200 prints from more than 100 local and international photographers, the IPF Photo Prize 2013 hopes to once again claim the title of largest prints-based submission photography exhibition and competition in Australia (and the world!) demonstrating in the simplest and most effective way the diversity and quality so abundant in the world of independent, contemporary photography.

The international, submissions-based competition will exhibit — and make available for sale — new work by photographers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Asia, Russia and the US.

The Photo Prize will exhibit the submissions as a salon hang, with the Judge's Panel 1st & 2nd Prize winners announced at the opening, and the People's Choice Award (voted for by you!) announced at the Closing Party.

Open until Sunday 10 Nov, Open 7 days, 11am–3pm

Workshop Day

Sunday Nov 3, 10am–4pm
Magic Johnston

Our first ever IPF Workshop Day will start with a coffee at Everyday. Then we'll move next door to Magic Johnston, where Brad Haylock (Surpllus) and Stuart Geddes (Chase & Galley) will run a two-hour workshop on small press publishing. This will cover various printing and binding techniques and involve the hands-on production of a book of work by David Boyson Cooper. You will receive two copies of the book (bound in two different ways) at the end of the day.

The afternoon will feature a series of slideshow talks featuring two of our exhibiting artists, Sean Fennessy and Lauren Bamford, as well as Tim Hillier.

Clint Woodside will finish off with a slideshow of Deadbeat Club images and discussion.

Get updates as they come to hand over on the IPF Twitter (@I_P_F).

We're proud to be co-presenting this event with our friends at VICE.

Che Parker


Opening Sunday 3 Nov, 5–7pm
Rae & Bennett

Taken over the course of a few years as Parker made numerous trips throughout Western Australia, these photographs mix personal experience with subjects that fascinate and confound. Increasingly concerned with what it means, if anything, to be West Australian, he has found a people with a strong sense of self and an obsession with secession who paradoxically maintain an unwavering national patriotism; a state that takes pride in its place as the powerhouse of the nation's present prosperity but pays little more than lip-service to what lies beyond the boom. Vaster than 96 per cent of the world's countries, and considered by many to be wild, uncultured and overly endowed, the west is a place Parker has been drawn to explore as a world unto itself.

Open until Sunday Nov 10, Tues–Fri, 10am–5pm

Sean Fennessy


Opening Monday 4 Nov, 6–9pm
The Hungry Workshop

GOLD is a series of quiet observations of two noisy metropoles. Surfers Paradise and Dubai are at once displayed as booming, shiny, vast and tacky, framed by beige, sun-bleached suburbs.

Greatly removed from Fennessy's familiar world – and especially that of Tasmanian upbringing – this work documents the realities and contradictions of two unlikely oases that are loathed by most but a mecca to many.

Open until Friday 15 Nov, Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

Presented by The Hungry Workshop

Lauren Bamford

Vocation Vacation

Opening Tuesday 5 Nov, 6–9pm
Conduit Arts

The latest series of works by photographer Lauren Bamford is a record of a driving trip from Broome, WA to Darwin, NT. Bamford's images aim to portray the extreme conditions of the Kimberley region and its discordant relationship with the man-made environment.

The approach taken here builds on Lauren's previous work, which has included the exhibitions I hope you choke (2011), Neither excluded nor included (2011) and Field Notes (2013). Her images attempt to capture familiar memories in unfamiliar surroundings.

Open until Sunday 10 Nov, Wed–Sun, 12–6pm

Erik van der Weijde


Opening Wednesday 6 Nov, 7–9pm
Perimeter Books

Perimeter Books presents the debut Australian exhibition by celebrated Dutch photographer and publisher of the cult 4478zine imprint, Erik van der Weijde. Comprising photographs from his photo zine Lixo, a typology of rubbish bins, the exhibition traces van der Weijde's ongoing interests in seriality and everyday architectures. The exhibition runs November 6-30 and is a precursor to van der Weijde's forthcoming book for Perimeter Editions, Tokyo Mon Amor, to be released in 2014.

Open until Sat 23, Wed-Thu 12–6pm, Fri 12–7pm, Sat 12–5pm

Presented by Perimeter Books


Our Place

Opening Thursday 7 Nov, 6–8pm
Colour Factory Gallery

Eight photographers from Australia and abroad present personalised travel guides to the cities, towns and countries they hail from - or those they've visited.

Replicating the on-screen experience found in the Tourisms archive, new work from the featured artists will be accompanied by interactive components representing the recommended tips, listening, reading and travel trail.

Open until Wed 30 Nov, Mon–Fri 9.30am–5.30pm, Sat 1–4pm

Presented by Smith Journal

Deadbeat Club

Rectangular Detritus

Opening Friday 8 Nov, 7–9pm
Strange Neighbour

Devin Briggs, Nolan Hall, Grant Hatfield, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton, Clint Woodside

A group show by six photographer friends who came together through the sub-cultures of skateboarding and/or art to start making zines. Each working in his/her own way toward a goal of documentation in its most honest form – whether exploring the wider world or their home town of Southern California. All the photographers in this show still work with film – and though they share geographic and cultural worlds, each maintains a personal dialect and a singular tone.

Open until 16 Nov, Wed–Sat, 11am–6pm

IPF Photo Book & Zine Fair

Saturday 9 Nov, 10am–4pm
Magic Johnston

The IPF Photo Book & Zine Fair aims to bring together the enormous and diverse spectrum of photo publications, from high-end, perfect bound coffee table books to $2 B/W, saddle-stitched zines, and everything in between for two days of appreciation of photography's application to printed matter and publication.

Presented with PAPERTRAIL, the fair will showcase independently published, special and limited edition, and out-of-print titles from photographers and creatives around the world, with titles and/or representation from some of the dopest publishers and distros, such as:

Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
Deadbeat Club
Hard Workers Club
Knowledge Editions
Motto Melbourne
Noone Special

Perimeter Books
Smallhouse Books
Smalltime Books
Sticky Institute
The Heavy Collective
T&G Publishing

Ben Clement

Something From Nothing

Opening Saturday 9 Nov, 6–8pm
Spares Store

An exhibition of Ben Clement's engaging, honest and curious photographic observations collected over the past year around Melbourne, New Zealand and America.

Something From Nothing is the basis of Ben's work: "Always starting from the bottom or with an empty slate, making use of what is around me and what is available to me, working within my means and trusting my eye and curious outlook. The fact that I chose four photos of people jumping into water definitely means I cannot wait for summer to return."

Open until Sat 30 Nov, Tue–Sun, 10–5pm

Cheryl Dunn

Everybody Street AUS Premiere

Premiere Screening Sat 9 Nov, 8pm
Second Screenings Sun 10 Nov, 1pm & 4pm
Déjà View, Magic Johnston

Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.

Featuring: Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Jeff Mermelstein, and Boogie, with Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

Déjà View
Magic Jonston

Screening Saturday 9 Nov, 7pm; Sunday 10 Nov, 1pm & 4pm

Presented by HEAVYTIME

Closing Party

Sunday 10 Nov, 7–9pm
Magic Johnston

After the week that was, celebrating and engaging with contemporary independent photography and independent photographer contemporaries, a party almost seems overkill.

But we're doing it anyway. Come party.

We'll also be announcing the IPF 2013 People's Choice Award winner.

No Dickheads.


Sat Nov 2–10, 11–5pm

Arguably the greatest tool at the independent photographers' disposal, the IPF Zine Kiosk brings a selection of self-published photozines from around the world.

The stand will be stocking titles from BOTY, HeavyTime, Serps, Editions Ltd, Knowledge Editions, Perimeter, Motto and more, with guest clerks and sometimes hot Everyday Coffee coffee.

Presenting Partners:

Show Sponsors:


IPF 2013 Patrons:

Nadia Saccardo
Michael Pham
Collingwood Skipping Club
Lucy Feagins

Site Credits:

Design → Smalltime Projects
Build → Thomas Tkatchenko

Media Sponsors:



Presenting Partners:

Media Sponsors:

Show Sponsors:



IPF 2013 Patrons:

Nadia Saccardo
Michael Pham
Collingwood Skipping Club
Lucy Feagins

Site Credits:

Design → Smalltime Projects
Build → Thomas Tkatchenko


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Is four square miles in one bomb not enough? Men are still thinking. Just tell us how big you want it.

Thomas Tkatchenko