Eminent photographers, Alfred ‘Greg’ Gregory and Maggie Diaz, documented many of the most important events and themes of the twentieth century, both in starkly distinctive and inimitable styles. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is proud to present solo exhibitions on Gregory and Diaz as part of the BIFB’11 Core Program.
Alfred Gregory- A member of the successful British team that made the ascent to Mount Everest in 1953, Alfred Gregory was in charge of photographing the ascent and the surrounds. His iconic images were promptly syndicated around the world, feeding the public's fascination with the assault on Everest. However, in 1953 ‘promptly’ meant that Gregory packed everything up into a canvas envelope, sealed it up and then sent the package back to Kathmandu with a runner, which took seven days (rather then the average month after Gregory specified that the runner had to be quick). Aside from photographing the expedition, which Gregory felt transformed him from an amateur to a professional photographer, his photographs take us from the English seaside town of Blackpool to the Cordillera ranges in Peru. Gregory’s exhibition at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) will take us on a journey through his photographs and his vision. As Gregory himself mused, “Pictures are often objets trouves, things found when I have not been looking for
them. They represent particular moments in time that inspired me to look beyond the ordinary to seek an inner meaning”.
This year BIFB is proud to present a dynamic Core Program of 21 Australian and International photographers, along with a further 70 artists who will exhibit as part of the Fringe program. BIFB is becoming one of the major events in the regional Victoria calendar, as Australia’s largest photography festival.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
BIFB aims to promote photography in all its forms, to educate, inspire and question by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world.