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Reportage to shine in Vivid 2013 with world’s leading documentary photography

25 May – 13 June 2012

Reportage, Australia’s pinnacle documentary photography festival has announced its 11th season, premiering as a featured event in Vivid Sydney, the largest celebration of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Reportage will début exhibitions by some of Australia’s and the world’s leading documentary photographers displayed through large-scale outdoor projections, exhibitions, talks and workshops from 25 May – 13 June.

One of Australia’s most eminent documentary photographers and original co-founders of the festival, Stephen Dupont returns to the festival as Director for 2013. Dupont will curate extensive bodies of work from more than fifty photographers with themes ranging from Cuba to Bob Marley, to the American Presidents and to Peace.

The prestigious global and national photography event will expand it’s scale as part of the high profile Vivid Sydney, with free and ticketed events, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, workshops and awards for all aspiring and professional photographers to experience, as well as people interested in the art of visual narrative, social issues and creativity at the cutting edge.

“This year we’re looking to launch the most important Reportage festival to date, sharing with Australia our own and the world’s best documentary photography, raising discussions about the continuously evolving medium and supporting all its elements, from emerging photographers to masters of the genre,” said Dupont.

“Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas so our alignment is ideal, having originally created the festival through live projections of compelling documentary photography. Our collaboration with Vivid Sydney in 2013 ensures this dynamic continues and Reportage remains independent, current and above all, free to represent the innovative work that is the universal objective of documentary photography.”

“Reportage presents a selection of some of the nation’s and the world’s finest photographers to represent both the traditional and contemporary edge of the art form.”

In one of many Australian premieres at Reportage 2013, the distinguished Magnum photographer Alex Webb (USA) and his wife, photographer and poet, Rebecca Norris Webb (USA), will exhibit a dual vision of Cuba with work from their book ‘Violet Isle’ and will hold together with Reportage their popular 5 day masterclass workshop ‘Finding Your Vision’, a first in Australia.

Together with Reportage’s inaugural scholarship program, major festival partner Canon Australia and major media partner The Sydney Morning Herald will offer one promising student photographer and one emerging documentary photographer the chance to attend the currently sold-out masterclass to learn from the world’s most influential photography duo.

World-renowned American photojournalist and co-founder of the New York agency Contact Press Images David Burnett (USA), who is listed by American Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography, will be a featured guest in 2013. Burnett will exhibit two bodies of work for the festival, ‘Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley’ and ‘The Presidents: From JFK to Obama’

Another Australian-first, historic conflict photographer James Nachtwey (USA), who has dedicated himself to a life of covering wars, conflicts and critical social issues, will exhibit a selection from his world famous retrospective ‘Testimony’ and attend as an international guest.

Prestigious Italian photographer Francesco Zizola, co-founder of NOOR Agency in Amsterdam and 10B Photography in Rome will exhibit his work from ‘South Sudan: On the Eve of Independence’. Together with Claudio Palmisano, the other half and co-founder of 10B Photography, Zizola will travel to Sydney for the festival. 10B Photography is one of Europe’s and the world’s most important ‘digital darkroom’s’ boasting agents such as Magnum, TIME, VII Agency, Paolo Pellegrin and more.

A full program of talks, seminars and portfolio reviews by global and local industry leaders will be presented by Reportage, a selection of which will be included within the Vivid Ideas program, with workshops to be announced.

A number of highly distinguished photographers will travel to Sydney exclusively for the festival, including aforementioned special guests and the iconic Vietnam War photographer and REQIUEM Editor Tim Page (UK/Australia), Contact Press Images co-founder and three times World Press Photo Foundation judge, Robert Pledge (UK/France), renowned photojournalist and NOOR photographer, Yuri Kozyrev (Russia), VII Agency photographer and 2010 Reportage Emerging Documentary Photographer ‘Professional’ Award winner, Adam Ferguson (Australia) and co-founder of Reportage Jack Picone (Australia).

Three of Cuba’s most accomplished photographers, the Cuban master Raul Cañibano Ercilla, and photography couple, Leysis Quesada Vera and Arien Chang Castan, will make their first trip to Australia to exhibit at Reportage.

A continued highlight of the festival will be the large-scale multi-media projections of world-renowned and outstanding emerging international and Australian photographers, each of who are selected exclusively by Festival Director Stephen Dupont in collaboration with The Reportage Team. The projections will be exhibited outdoors around The Circular Quay precinct, forming part of the Vivid Light Walk.

Other featured events include outdoor exhibitions located in Circular Quay and Darling Quarter, and indoor exhibitions throughout Sydney CBD and surrounding. Circular Quay and The Rocks will also play host to Reportage’s festival hub, where seminars, sceenings and social events will allow festivalgoers the opportunity to meet with featured guests.

The partnership with Canon Australia and The Sydney Morning Herald has heralded the festival’s inaugural association with World Press Photo, which is presented by Canon at the State Library of NSW, and The Sydney Morning Herald’s Photos1440 A day, a minute, a moment exhibition also at The State Library from June 29. Photos1440 competition will also feature as one of Reportage’s official photography awards.

New in 2013, the ‘Reportage: Emerging Documentary Photographer Award’, proudly supported by major sponsor FujiFilm Australia, will include generous awards and support for the selected photographer, including an exhibition at Reportage 2014.

Reportage will also feature new international and national collaborations in 2013, bringing to Sydney Photoville Festival from Brooklyn New York where exhibitions from the event will be staged in shipping containers situated in the CBD, also featuring an inaugural collaboration with the innovative publication TAKE Magazine that will present together with Reportage a special edition of the periodical for the festival.

Reportage is a premium featured photography festival for VIVID Sydney from 2013. Vivid Sydney is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and takes place from 24 May to 10 June 2013.

For more information on Reportage, Director Stephen Dupont and the Creative Team, visit

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