The Sievers Project
Six early career artists, working in photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913–2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography.
Sievers' commercial practice exemplifies mid-century positivism and modernity, and the mythmaking role of photography. As a German Jewish immigrant, he had a strong interest in refugees and human rights issues as well as an expressed commitment to representing the dignity of labour. The Sievers Project presents key historical works as a context for engaging the past through the present.
Cameron Clarke states, "Wolfgang Sievers’ portraits of workers and industry resonate with me, as my own documentary practice explores the connections between people, their environment and their history. The Sievers Project has provided me with the opportunity to revisit some of the sites where Wolfgang Sievers created his iconic imagery, and to explore the changed relationship between Australian workers and their machines. “
In terms of the printing process and working with Peter at The PrintShop:
“I consider myself very fortunate to have found Peter Hatzipavlis for the printing of my latest work for The Sievers Project. Peter’s meticulous, considered and thoughtful approach to printing my work has resulted in simply breathtaking results. Peter’s attention to detail, passion and enthusiasm is amazing and even led to him researching the printing methods of Wolfgang Sievers in order to inform his treatment of my work. Throughout the entire process, from our initial discussions through to the delivery of his magnificent final prints, Peter was fantastic to work with and taught me a great deal about his craft.” Cameron Clarke.
The Sievers Project, Jane Brown, Cameron Clarke, Zoe Croggon, Therese Keogh, Phuong Ngo, Meredith Turnbull and Wolfgang Sievers.
Centre for Contemporary Photography
13.06.2014 - 31.08.2014
Opening June12, 6 -8pm
Curated by Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane, with project management by
To be opened by Julian Burnside AO QC, Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author.
West Point Warper, Bruck Textiles, Wangaratta 2014
Ilo Najdanovski, Production Operator, Production Weld, Ford Motor Company,