Fountain Of Life by Ken Duncan

Posted by & filed under Arts & Entertainment, Exhibitions.

Television great Ray Martin will host an inaugural photography conference, featuring some of Australia’s finest photographers, over two days from April 28.

The first of its kind in Sydney, Aperture Australia will showcase work from some of Australia’s greatest photographers, including portraits, landscape, fantasy, photojournalism and surfing.

Ray Martin said audiences should expect the unexpected, “If you love photography you’ll have to be there, I can’t remember an event like this. Something like Aperture has been long overdue, getting a group of icons to unlock some of their trade secrets in public and tell some war stories. I believe that the best Aussie photographers shoot way ‘above their weight’, matching the best in the world.”

The event will take place at the newly opened Sydney International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.

Martin’s passion for photography blossomed long before he became a household name in journalism.

“At high school I thought for a moment about being an art teacher, but realised I wasn’t good enough graphically. Still, I felt I had a pretty instinctive sense of colour and shape but most importantly, I knew that light is the essence of a good painting or a great photo,” he said. “As a journalist I’ve always taken photos on location, but I was ‘a closet’ shooter because I knew I was there to write the story. In the last decade or so, as I’ve become more obsessive about photography, I’ve come ‘out of the closet’ and always have a camera in my hand.”

Apr 28-29. ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney. $495-$500. Tickets & Info:

By Georgia Fullerton.