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Keiko Sasaoka is an extraordinary Japanese landscape photographer. She has published several photobooks including Park City and Fishing. Since 2012, Sasaoka has been working a series of posters titled Remembrance and Shoreline – many of these document the Fukushima region in her lyrical and mysterious visual language. Sasaoka is part on an important Japanese collective and gallery based in Shinjuku: Photographers’ Gallery.

Daisuke Morishita takes influence from the linage of experimental Japanese photographers stretching back the the post-WWII era (no need to mention the names). His work is abstract and schizophrenic. It can be as confusing as navigating Japanese cities. Recently, he has also been experimenting with colour, check his website to see his obsessive production.

Japanese photojournalist Kazuma Obara works on long-form projects that question nuclear legacies. In 2014, he focused on victims of World War II in Japan and subsequently published the remarkable photobook Silent Histories. More recently, he has documented a Ukrainian girl who has been affected by Chernobyl disaster. All the photographs were taken with expired Ukrainian colour negative film (expired in 1991/92) that was found in the abandon city of Pripyat, located 5 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Jessie Boylan is an academic colleague and works tirelessly on her exciting projects. She explores issues relating to human impacts on the land and communities in relation to environmental and social devastation and nuclear testing, mining and war are often intelligently questioned. Jessie is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group who aim to render visible all aspects of the nuclear age and is a key artist in Nuclear Futures.

Warwick Baker is an academic colleague and all-round nice-guy. He recently released a wonderful photobook titled Belanglo: Created within the bounds of the Belanglo State Forest, Baker’s images forge a poignant taxonomy of a landscape that gained notoriety as a result of the so-called ‘backpacker murders’ committed by Ivan Milat in the 1990s. Taking the form of aerial photographs, hand-held medium format images, large-format landscapes and still-life photographs, the body of work is at once forensic, evidentiary and speculative in tenor, and makes use of both traditional documentary techniques and a more lateral and experimental approach befitting the expanded conventions of the ‘new documentary’ movement.

Paul Batt pictures the vernacular in unusual ways. When it comes to portraits he has photographed the back of peoples' heads as they view from mountaintops, people bored on escalators or filling up the car at petrol stations. His is a curatorial advisor at Wallflower Photomedia Gallery (and therefore an official Wallflowerian) and is soon releasing a book of his Service Station Portraits. 

Mr. Daniel Boetker-Smith is a very discursive kind of guy. He wanders the lengths of the Murray River in search of photographs not answers. These images are underpinned by his stories from his psychogeographical adventures. If you didn't see his work at Wallflower, he is part of the Centre for Contemporary Photography traveling documentary exhibition so his work may be in your town soon.

Nathanael Turner is an exciting young photographer based in LA. His eclectic styles present suburban tensions often at the edges of town. He chronicles the lives of diverging sub-cultures and the places they inhabit. Turner's exhibition At Water opens at Wallflower in August.

Petrina Hicks is an interesting Sydney-based photographer that I recently saw in conversation with Helen Ennis at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydeny where they discussed the relationship between “Quietness” and photography.  She uses the methodology and aesthetics of advertising to question beauty, adolescences and our relationship with animals. 

Toronto-based artist Rober Canali works with photography, artist books, installation and sculpture. GHOST NOTES was the title of his amazing recent exhibition at Wallflower. The project advances Canali’s ongoing development of photographic abstraction; traditional B&W landscapes are cropped, flipped and turned upside-down, these photographs are hung with colour Geodes extracted from the locations and his sculpture Vessel tied these works together (check out the install shots and interview at the Wallflower Blog).

I am not sure if you could call this a new “genre” but images poached from Google Street View is certainly becoming a much used methodology, a kind of post-post-modern schizophrenia. Mishka Henner’s “No Man’s Land” is an amazing series and publication. His video collaboration with David Oates (Blacklab) titled “Photographers” is a must see.

Marco Bohr has some interesting bodies of work, including ice fishermen and observation decks. He also runs a very informative and intriguing Visual Culture Blog where he posts essays on contemporary practice and theory. 

I met Tuomas A. Laitinen last year during my Helsinki residency, he is an amazing artist that moves across all media. He was here last year to do research for the forthcoming Mildura Palimpsest: Collaborators and Saboteurs that I am co-curating with Helen Vivian. We are working on a collaborative video about infamous Australian Bushranger Captain Starlight. 

Siri Hayes is an old mate in Australia and also works with a large-format camera. She is presently doing a residency in Barcelona so keep an eye out for her new photographs. Look for some well-known artists in the Transition Portraits...

Another new Finnish mate from my recent residency, Kalle Kataila, has described his relationship with photography and landscape as such; "Although it may occasionally seem like the landscape is still, this is, of course, never the case. Through photography, I attempt to bring about stillness, a moment of singular contemplation that enables the viewer to reflect on our role as humans in the ever-changing diversity of our planet’s landscapes..." The Nordic Zen Photographer.

Tomoaki Makino likes to photograph housewives. In Japan he shot 117 throughout the suburbs for his publication "Tokyo Soap Opera". He has recently been to NY shooting similar ladies for his new book Daydream. We showed together a few years back in Melbourne (and I still have a couple of those prints on my walls at home!).

The Switzerland-based French photographer Mathieu Bernard-Reymond is a prolific and innovative image-maker. An artist doing good things with Photoshop and to do so likes to travel "too far...!"

The dude from Osaka Yoshiro Masuda has an extraordinary eye for picturing the city. We traveled to Darwin together for Silent Ruptures in 2005 and had a great time. Another photographer using post-production with interesting results.

Man of many talents, Brendan Lee makes amazing videos on the grand subject of Australiana. Together we curated AUSTRALIA? that showed at Mildura Arts Centre and featured Angelica Mesiti, John A. Douglas, James Newitt & Lane Cormick. Check out his novel "Boagn Proof Fences"...

Barcelona-based photographer Aleix Plademunt makes intriguing photographs. The image on the front of his site (113) invites imaginatve ideas of Motel rooms from around the edges of the worlds cities.

I met Brazilian artist Beatriz Toledo in Finland as we both battled the weather to make photographs. She has a somewhat Japanese aesthetic and installs work with attention to detail in each gallery she shows in.

Louis Porter is an English-born photographer presently based in Melbourne where he looks upon the urban sprawl with renewed eyes. Ashley Crawford in The Age newspaper; "...Porter photographs suburbia like an antopodean David Lynch..."

Portraiture and mirrors have always interested me. Georgia Metaxas' work Lower your Eyes is an excellent B&W series. In a similar vain, I look forward to seeing more work from her new project; The Mourners is a work that examines the symbolic nature of black and its associations with death and the ritual of mourning.

Bonsai-Land, Waste Union, Green Area and Camp are all extraordinary bodies of work by Kudász Gábor Arion. Although small, the people within these images dictate what we are to read within these urba/landscapes.

Katrin Koenning is a German-born Melbourne-based documentary photographer who I will be showing with in the inaugural Edmund Pearce Gallery exhibition STILL. Check her extensive work on the Near portfolio she began in 2005, disturbing yet compassionate portraits.

The Moon, big landscapes and television studios are all inter-connected and fascinating subject matter for the great Japanese photographer Shigeru Takato who is presently based in Berlin. Our Elusive Cosmos is an amazing project I would like to see in exhibited in Australia.

The series Comic by Nobuto Osakabe is very funny - so very quirky and Japanese. Also check Holiday Making to see some overly popular Japanese touristscapes and other works...

West Australian photographer Graham Miller has some great portraits (especially Waiting for a Miracle), but it's his take on America I really enjoy, check American Photographs. I have also seen a selection of very nice prints from this series.

Selina Ou is another old mate, we hung out in Tokyo while she was on an ozco residency and she made the series Sakura Season (the best time to be in Japan). Her portraits illustrate our dependence on the things we create and surround ourselves with.

Reinaldo Loureiro's image of a golden tomato is fantastic (one day, we will do that swap!). Based in London, he has some striking photographs of constructed landscapes and portraits from Spain and Bolivia.

 
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