Head On Photo Festival 2023 Spotlights Three Distinguished Greek-Australian Photographers

Head On Photo Festival 2023

The internationally acclaimed Head On Photo Festival is returning to the iconic Bondi Beach and across Sydney, Australia, for its fourteenth consecutive year, showcasing the extraordinary works of three distinguished Greek-Australian photographers Emmanuel Angelicas, John Tsiavis and Nick Bourdaniotis.

The Head On Photo Festival is an annual photography event that serves as a vibrant celebration of visual storytelling through the lens. This international photography festival, held in various locations, brings photographers, artists, and enthusiasts worldwide together. It's a unique platform where the power of images takes centre stage, providing a voice to photographers and their narratives.

One of the distinctive aspects of the Head On Photo Festival is its commitment to showcasing diverse perspectives and artistic expressions. The festival features exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and competitions that span a wide range of photographic genres, from documentary and fine art to portraiture and experimental photography. It allows emerging talents and established artists to share their work and engage with a global audience.

Image Credit Emmanual Angelicas / Head On Photo Festival

Emmanuel Angelicas began photography at age seven and soon knew it was his true vocation. His work is collected and exhibited worldwide. After 50 years, his photographic archive is vast. He is best known for his black-and-white artistic images of dark fantasy with their frisson of danger, but his most recent colour photographs are a quirky celebration of the people and places in his neighbourhood.

Marrickville Chroma is a peek into photographer Emmanuel Angelicas’ long-term love affair with the suburb where he was raised and lives today. It is an affectionate observation of the many people and diverse communities that call inner city Marrickville home.

Angelicas is well known for his 50-year archive of moody black-and-white images, so for many, this exhibition will be a startling look at a colourful modern Marrickville. The photographs are an eclectic, confident, quirky celebration of people, much like the suburb itself.

Image Credit John Tsiavis / Head On Photo Festival

John Tsiavis is a multifaceted artist whose work spans portraiture, entertainment, and fashion photography and directing brand films, documentaries, and television commercials. Splitting his time between Los Angeles, Mexico, and Melbourne, Tsiavis has received finalist awards in the Head On Portrait Awards and the National Photographic Portrait Prize

A Quiet Roar is a powerful portrait series paying tribute to activists fighting for social, political, and economic change. The series features Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and Dreamer individuals whose journey into activism began as a necessity for survival.

The series is a collaboration between Australian photographer John Tsiavis and Mexican textile artist Victoria Villasana, who hand-weaves each portrait, adding texture and depth that celebrates the inner strength of each activist.

It includes inspiring individuals such as Josie, a young Indigenous woman whose arrest for sage-smudging at a Trump protest went viral; Chabe, an artist from Guadalajara whose work led to life-changing surgeries for Indigenous Mexican artisans; and Kevin, a climate justice advocate who sheds light on white dominance within activist organisations.

Head On Photo Festival 2023
Image Credit Nick Bourdaniotis / Head On Photo Festival

Nick Bourdaniotis, since 2017, has been Director of Photography and Videography at the Greek City Times, where he is responsible for documenting significant editorial, social, and historical events within the global Greek community. Nick is also the founder and photographer of The Evzones Collection, a photographic exhibition about The Greek Presidential Guards (Evzones)

Grand Slam Stories encapsulated the Australian Open tennis tournament's vitality, sentiment, and theatricality throughout multiple years of Nick photographing this event. He delivered extensive coverage of matches involving Greek players and those with Greek heritage. His lens has artfully portrayed the players' remarkable athleticism, the fans' genuine enthusiasm, and the grand vistas of the Melbourne Park complex.

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Image Credit: Graham Cordery / Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival 2023 is jam-packed with exhibitions and events across Sydney. Highlights include exhibition hubs at The Muse, TAFE NSW Ultimo and spectacular outdoor exhibitions at Bondi Beach and Paddington Reservoir Gardens. See the full program at https://headon.org.au/festival

The Photo Festival runs from 10 November – 3 December 2023

The Head On Photo Festival, situated in Sydney, Australia, is a globally renowned annual celebration of photography, spotlighting both emerging and well-established photographic artists. Inaugurated in 2004 by Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, it commenced with the prestigious Head On Portrait Award. This vibrant Festival span's various locations, encompassing public and commercial galleries, as well as outdoor public spaces. The non-profit organization, Head On Foundation, manages and orchestrates this remarkable event.

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