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Abigail Varney
Abigail Varney

Photographers Peter Brew-Bevan, Giovanni Lovisetto, Martin Philbey, Michelle Day, John Tsiavis, Abigail Varney, Ben King and Julian Kingma reveal the technical side of their work and reflect on changes in their profession. What is it really like to sustain a career as a photographer in the entertainment industry? How do you work with celebrity subjects, negotiate the complex logistics of big shoots, and create captivating portraits under pressure? What lessons have they learnt along the way and what advice do they have?

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Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney
Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney
Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney
Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney

PROMO

Portraits from prime time

Previous exhibition, 2014

This exhibition goes behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight with professional photographers and the stars of Australian television, music and comedy. Whether negotiating the logistics of a big publicity shoot or quietly capturing moments on set during filming, the photographers' stories are intriguing and compelling.

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