Photo 2022: International Photography Festival


From ACMI to the Old Melbourne Gaol, this year’s festival takes place across a range of iconic Melbourne venues, galleries and institutions.

It only happens every two years – so don’t miss it this time. Photo 22, the second edition of the biennial Melbourne International Photography Festival, runs from Friday 29 April to Sunday 22 May.

Featuring 123 artists and photographers, 90 exhibitions, 50 world premieres and 24 specially commissioned projects, this year’s festival – themed ‘Being Human’ – celebrates local and international artists at various venues across Melbourne. Expect to find large-scale outdoor installations at iconic sites including Melbourne’s Houses of Parliament and Old Jail Yard, as well as exhibits at 38 galleries including ACMI, NGV Australia and many more.

International artists featured in Photo 22 include Gillian Wearing (UK), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (USA), Mohamed Bourouissa (DZ/FR), Vasantha Yogananthan (FR), Aziz Hazara (AF), Martine Gutierrez (States States), Massimo Vitali (IT), Florian Hetz (DE), Philip Montgomery (MX/US) and Luo Yang (CN), among others. The festival also features new commissions from renowned and up-and-coming Australian artists including Atong Atem, Naomi Hobson, Dean Cross, Ying Ang, Hannah Brontë, Scotty So, Madeline Bishop, Anu Kumar and Patrick Pound.

Elsewhere, you’ll find large-scale lightboxes along the Southbank promenade; an audiovisual installation by Bidjara artist Christian Thompson in the former courtyard of the old Melbourne Jail; an epic artwork by Jenny Lewis on 100 meters of subway tunnel construction panels; and Hoda Ashfar’s first exhibition speak the wind at the Monash Gallery of Art.

Visitors to the Center for Contemporary Photography, Parliament Gardens and Prahran Square will find exhibits by local and international queer photographers; while on the steps of the Old Treasury Building, admire James Henry’s portraits of Kulin Nation elders. For the best in emerging talent, be sure to head to the New photographers Showcase at the James Makin Gallery in Fitzroy.

And as if that weren’t enough to keep you busy, two photography icons are being honored at this year’s festival. Helmut Newton: Focus, at the Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Center of Judaica, reveals the extraordinary life of world-renowned fashion photographer Helmut Newton; while influential American artist Cindy Sherman will be honored with the festival’s largest individual artwork to date on the facade of a building in Fed Square.

Admission to the majority of the festival is free, with the exception of the Helmut Newton exhibition and special festival tours. For more information and to check out the full full schedule, head to the Photo 22 website.

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