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MAP

MANY AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP VOL 1. ISSUE 1 MARCH 2013

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DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHERS

We of MAPgroup spend much of our efforts on the great work of preserving ‘moments’ from the corrosion of time; fixing by halide or pixel a fraction of a second that embodies a thousand tales. We are a gathering of like-minded photographers committed to the independent documentation of those stories that may otherwise escape the myopic gaze of mainstream media. Our membership includes emerging as well as established photographers who are passionate about the documentation of social and environmental issues. Our aim is twofold: We seek to create collections of images that are thought-provoking and edifying, and are of archival benefit to those individuals or organisations we document, as well as the broader Australian community. We recognise that our strength lay in our diverse and talented membership so we seek to create a supportive and nurturing environment, which fosters the sharing of skills and ideas, and facilitates project collaborations.

Cover image MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Ellen Smith 2


ON THE

CONTENTS

MAP

3 INTRODUCTION 6 PROJECT ROOMS 14 WONTHAGGI 54 IN DEVELOPMENT ASBESTOS

60 IN FOCUS TOBIAS TITZ

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Introduction Welcome to the first edition of On the MAP. The purpose of this publication is to take a panoramic look at MAPgroup, the photographers and their projects – past, present and future, to inform group members and the public about MAP, and to encourage involvement through exchange of thoughts and ideas. We take a look at some of our past projects: Beyond Reasonable Drought (BRD), a philanthropic photographic documentary of the effects of the recent 12‑year drought and the ingenious ways Australians coped with the lack of water. BRD was first exhibited at Old Parliament House in July 2008. Thanks to the efforts of the Museum of Australian Democracy, the exhibition will be brought to three Victorian cities in the first half of 2013, bringing it to a whole new audience. Sidestreets & Laneways, a contemporary essay on Melbourne’s little streets and laneways and the characters who populate them. The exhibition was held at the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne in December 2011. Fifteen photographers spent over 18 months exploring the lesser known streets of Melbourne’s CBD. Beyond Age, a documentation of the recovery of communities affected by the Black Saturday fires particularly as a result of the huge voluntary efforts of residents aged 65 years and over. With the recent high temperatures across the eastern States, we are once again reminded of how lives and communities are affected by fire.

MAP members Alan Attwood Julie Bowyer James Braund Noel Butcher Brian Carr Peter Casamento Andrew Chapman Nigel Clements Rodney Dekker Joyce Evans Peter Eve Melanie Faith Dove Joseph Feil Silvi Glattauer Susan Gordon-Brown Ponch Hawkes Naomi Herzog David Johns Helga Leunig Brent Lukey Morganna Magee Dale Mann Nicole Marie David Marks Margie McClelland Jim McFarlane Julie Millowick Jaime Murcia June Orford Francis Reiss Kristian Scott Krystal Seigerman Michael Silver Ellen Smith Tobias Titz Juanita Wilson Anna Wolf

Four Elements: Air Aloft 3 Photo: Noel Butcher 3


Introduction

Current projects: Single Town Project – This ongoing project focuses on the regional centres around Victoria such as St. Arnaud, Ballarat, Ararat, and Hay, NSW. In this issue is a preview of the efforts in MAPping Wonthaggi and the surrounding areas towards the end of 2012. The result of the project is an engaging and sometimes amusing look at life in and around Wonthaggi. An exhibition is planned for April 2013. Asbestos. Another long-term MAP project is about the subject of asbestos, and the devastating legacy left behind from 50 years of asbestos production and use in Australia. Finally, we feature the work of photographer Tobias Titz, one of the four joint winners of the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize 2012. The theme was Contemporary life in Australia. Tobias won with his powerful image of Noel Charlie. I hope you will find On the MAP stimulating and informative. We plan to make it a regular feature on the photographic landscape. I’d like to end with a passage of dialogue from a recently discovered transcript of an interview with legendary photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, conducted by the great portraitist Philippe Halsmann. This excerpt pretty much sums up why MAP photographers do what they do. Halsmann: But what if the photographer does not have the financial means? Smith: I will advise them not to do it, and I will hope they do. Halsmann: What if nobody sees it? Besides a few friends? Smith: Answer this and you will see how artists have acted throughout the bloody ages. The goal is the work itself.

Project: MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Joseph Feil

Jaime Murcia

Project: Asbestos Photo: Julie Bowyer

President MAPgroup

Tobias Titz Photo: James Braund Opposite page Project: MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Brent Lukey 4


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PROJECT ROOM 1 BEYOND REASONABLE DROUGHT

A dust storm approaches The drought amplifies the amount of soil that is carried by the dust storm. Nevertire, central NSW. 2007. Photo: Rodney Dekker

Untitled A resident of Broadford in central Victoria with what is left of her lawn. VIC. 2002. Photo: Noel Butcher

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PROJECTS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

At the turn of the 21st century, when much of Australia experienced severe and ongoing drought, MAPgroup devoted several years to documenting its effects on the land, the people and the psyche of the nation. Called Beyond Reasonable Drought, the resulting powerful body of work evolved into a touring Museum of Australian Democracy exhibition, a book published by Five Mile Press, and a significant photographic archive held within the National Library of Australia’s Pandora resource. Our largest project to date, Beyond Reasonable

CURRENT STATUS

Drought is a Museum of Australian Democracy travelling

The exhibition is currently

exhibition in association with MAPgroup.

touring Victoria.

Its inaugural exhibition was at Old Parliament House,

101 Collins Street

now known as the Museum of Australian Democracy

Melbourne

(MoAD), held in Canberra, 8 July–26 October, 2008 as

Mon-Sun – 9am-5pm

part of the Vivid, National Photographic Festival.

15 Feb–4 Mar, 2013

MoAD estimated that a staggering 60,000 people viewed the show during the festival.

The G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia Thu-Sat – 11am-4pm 9 Mar–17 Apr, 2013 Mildura Arts Centre Mildura Mon-Sun – 10am-5pm 6 May–28 Jun, 2013 CONTACT

Jaime Murcia Combo waterhole Mark Hinman and son Thomas stand on the dry riverbed. The Combo waterhole is the billabong in Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda. QLD. 2008. Photo: Michael Amendolia

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PROJECT ROOM 1 BEYOND REASONABLE DROUGHT

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PROJECTS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

The touring 82 print exhibition component of Beyond Reasonable Drought is managed by the Museum of Australian Democracy. Venues to date are: Old Parliament House, ACT 8 Jul–26 Oct 2008 Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Vic 4 Nov 2008– 5 Jan 2009 Shear Outback, Hay, NSW 1 Feb–17 Apr 2009 Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Vic 16 May–28 Jun 2009 Museum of Australian Democracy, ACT 1 Nov 2009–14 Feb 2010 Museum of Australian Democracy, ACT 4 Sep–2 Dec 2010

Left All dressed up and nowhere to row The coxed 4 at the Lake Wendouree Rowing Club (L to R:) Peter Blanchfield, Nick Moran, Paul Blanchfield, Lachlan McKenzie. Ballarat, VIC. 2007.

Above A dry and dusty life Sheep emerge from a duststorm for feeding. Mossgiel station, western NSW. 2002.

Photo: Ian Kenins

Photo: Andrew Chapman

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PROJECT ROOM 2 SIDESTREETS & LANEWAYS

Sidestreets & Laneways Photo: Jaime Murcia

Originally titled Little Big Town, Sidestreets & Laneways is a photographic exploration of the laneways and little streets of Melbourne’s CBD, ‘the village within the city’. The aim of the project was to record life, to document the transformation from neglected backwaters to the vibrant places many of them have become. Fifteen photographers participated in the project. Beginning in 2010, MAPgroup members spent 18 months exploring the lesser known streets of Melbourne’s CBD. The images in the final collection were selected from over 500 submitted, with each photographer bringing his or her own unique perspective to this project.

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PROJECTS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Sidestreets & Laneways Photo: Brent Lukey

Exhibition titled Sidestreets & Laneways (Little Big Town)

CURRENT STATUS

– a contemporary look at the sidestreets and laneways

The exhibition is

of Melbourne – was held at:

in storage.

Old Treasury Building, Melbourne, Vic 2 December, 2011– 31 January, 2012

FUTURE PLANS

St. Arnaud Shire

Hope to publish

June–July, 2012

the project. CONTACT

Jaime Murcia

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PROJECT ROOM 3 BEYOND AGE

Les and Jenny Dovaston At remnants of their property and trout farm, just outside Marysville. Their houseboat is now a home. VIC. 2010. Photo: Alan Attwood

Graham and Lyn Clifford Thornton, VIC. 2010. Photo: Susan Gordon-Brown

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PROJECTS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

The Shire of Murrindindi was one of the many areas devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. In the Shire of Murrindindi, north-east of Melbourne, where some of the worst loss of life and property occurred, there are many people whose lives and memories go back to the fires of 1939 – and even further. More than 15 per cent of the shire’s population (higher than the national average) are aged 65 and over. MAPgroup members, in conjunction with the Shire of Murrindindi, undertook a project Beyond Age to record this particular aspect. When the photographers started approaching some of these people, seeking their portraits and stories, a pattern often unfolded: reserve gave way to hospitality and caution became candour. Some who were slow to start were even slower to stop. All of the photographers who were involved in this project were privileged to meet these people, take their portraits, and listen to what they had to say. Beyond Age toured from May 2010 – September 2011.

CURRENT STATUS

Reginal Victoria – Kinglake; Yea; Strath Creek; Alexandra,

The exhibition is

Taggerty; Marysville; Ballarat International Foto Biennale

in storage at the

– Ballarat Library.

Murrindindi Shire.

Melbourne – World Trade Centre; Victorian Seniors Festival – 1 Spring Street.

FUTURE PLANS

No current plans to show this exhibition. CONTACT

Susan Gordon-Brown

Brian Dillon Alexandra, VIC. 2010. Photo: Kristian Scott

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MAPping Wonthaggi is part of MAPgroup’s ongoing Single Town Project which involved MAP members visiting a regional town to record their impressions. MAP has documented Ararat, St Arnaud, Ballarat, and Hay in NSW. The locations have mainly been in north and central Victoria. When the subject arose for the choice for a town, Brian Carr suggested Wonthaggi, partly because he knew the area well, and partly because it was in Gippsland which had not been visited by MAP. The proposal was to visit Wonthaggi and surrounding areas over two weekends, one in early August, and at the end of September (sacrilege indeed on the Grand Final weekend). Due to the kindness of Denise Miller, a wonderful Wonthaggi resident, MAP had accommodation for as many who needed it. Some photographers had specific projects they wanted to do, others just went there to see what it was like and react photographically, (Jim McFarlane did an amazing ‘hit and run’ in the rain which resulted with some remarkable b&w flash images). The result was a collection of over 300 images. An exhibition is planned for later this year at the Union Theatre in Wonthaggi. The exhibition is to be curated by Marita Smith, a gallery owner and ex-NGV curator with knowledge of the South Gippsland region. Eventually the prints from the exhibition will be donated to the Bass Shire for their archives.

HAGGI Photo: Jaime Murcia

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WONTHAGGI

3-year-old Jackson keeps a close eye on the Cally hotel. Wonthaggi. Photo: Julie Bowyer

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Third generation dairy farmer, Ian Hitchings. Photo: Julie Bowyer

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WONTHAGGI

Goal umpire signals a point during the Wonthaggi vs Traralgon first ‘Heritage’ footy match. Photo: Brian Carr

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MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Brian Carr

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WONTHAGGI

Dairy cow at McRae’s farm near Wonthaggi. Photo: Andrew Chapman

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North of Dalyston looking across the ranges. Photo: Andrew Chapman

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WONTHAGGI

15-year-old motocross rider Andy Dinicol at the Wonthaggi MX track during the annual KTM Ride 4 Kids day which raises funds for charity. Photo: Joseph Feil

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A statue of a horse overlooks Bilson Street, Wonthaggi. Photo: Joseph Feil

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WONTHAGGI

Gloria Dwyer, Lilliana Rokvic, Jean Barbour, volunteers at the Vinnies Op Shop, Wonthaggi. Photo: Silvi Glattauer

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Patricia Worroll, volunteer in the Rose Lodge Op Shop, Wonthaggi. Photo: Silvi Glattauer

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WONTHAGGI

Lyn Chambers, 94. Member of the Wonthaggi Miners’ Women’s Auxiliary, co-author with her husband Joe of several books on the history of Wonthaggi. Photo: Susan Gordon-Brown

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Vic Wood. Volunteer at the information centre, SES and teaches astro physics and astronomy at the U3A. Photo: Susan Gordon-Brown

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WONTHAGGI

State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi. Caretaker’s cottage. Photo: Ponch Hawkes

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Wonthaggi Rock & Learn to be a Popstar School. Photo: Ponch Hawkes

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WONTHAGGI

MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Naomi Herzog

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MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Naomi Herzog

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WONTHAGGI

MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Helga Leunig

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MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Helga Leunig

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WONTHAGGI

Will Yarley, apprentice at the Wonthaggi Meat Supply. Photo: Brent Lukey

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Haydn and Blayke Sheean play with dolls heads at the hairdresser. Photo: Brent Lukey

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WONTHAGGI

MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Morganna Magee

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MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Morganna Magee

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WONTHAGGI

Inverloch beach Photo: Nicole Marie

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Inverloch beach Photo: Nicole Marie

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WONTHAGGI

MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Jim McFarlane

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MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Jim McFarlane

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WONTHAGGI

Saturday afternoon, main bar at the Royal Mail Hotel, Archies Creek, VIC. Photo: Jaime Murcia

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Second hand exchange book shop. Photo: Jaime Murcia

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WONTHAGGI

Fr. Manny Lomagno talks with a parishioner. Photo: Francis Reiss

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Wonthaggi Dog Obedience Club. Photo: Francis Reiss

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WONTHAGGI

Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat, Kilcunda, VIC. Photo: Krystal Seigerman

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Sydney Swans supporter, Lilly, on Grand Final Day, Graham Street, Wonthaggi. Photo: Krystal Seigerman

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WONTHAGGI

MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Ellen Smith

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MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Ellen Smith

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WONTHAGGI

MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Tobias Titz

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MAPping Wonthaggi Photo: Tobias Titz

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Andrew Chapman

briancarrphoto.com

bigcheez.com.au

Joseph Feil

Silvi Glattauer

Susan Gordon-Brown

josephfeil.com

silvi.com.au

susangordonbrown.com.au

Ponch Hawkes

Naomi Herzog

Helga Leunig

ponch@vicnet.net.au

naomi.herzog@rmit.edu.au

helgaleunig@bigpond.com

Brent Lukey

Morganna Magee

Nicole Marie

brentlukey.com.au

mnmphotography.com.au

nicolemarie.com.au

Jim McFarlane

Jaime Murcia

Francis Reiss

jimmcfarlanephotographer.com

jaimemurcia.com

freiss@optusnet.com.au

Krystal Seigerman

Ellen Smith

Tobias Titz

krystalseigerman.com.au

ellensmithpics@gmail.com

tobiastitz.com

Enquiries regarding MAPping Wonthaggi Brian Carr 0404 567 890 mapgroup.org.au

Brian Carr

jabphotographics.com.au

WONTHAGGI PROJECT – PHOTOGRAPHERS

Julie Bowyer

Old telephone exchange, McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi. Photo: Krystal Seigerman 53


IN DEVELOPMENT

ASBESTOS

Asbestos was considered the ‘miracle fibre of the 20th century’ and Australians were certainly seduced by its favourable properties. Worldwide, Australians were the

PROJECT COMMENCED

highest consumers per capita of asbestos products before

January 2012

many of these products were banned in the 1980s. Many of us would not know how to identify the asbestos sheeting

CONTACT

in the bathroom, the insulating rope in the fire-place, or the

Julie Bowyer

super-six sheeting on the roof of the shed!

0407 821 383 mapgroup.org.au

The Asbestos Project seeks to improve public awareness and education regarding asbestos. It is the current focus for MAPgroup and seeks to document the social and

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Julie Bowyer

environmental legacy from this protracted affair with asbestos. We believe asbestos will have long-term and far-reaching

Rodney Dekker

consequences in our community and is a multi-faceted story

Alan Attwood

worthy of documentation for national archival purposes, public

Krystal Seigerman

information and education, and for the benefit of Australians

Susan Gordon-Brown

affected by asbestos. If you would like to participate, or you

Tobias Titz

have a story to share with us, we would love to talk with you.

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Douglas Henderson Pleuropulmonary pathologist. 2012. Photo: Alan Attwood

PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING

Jaime Murcia Andrew Chapman Brian Carr Brent Lukey Opposite Laurie Appleby Instrumental in making changes to the Limitations Act. Enabling families to claim against asbestos companies.

Joseph Feil

Photo: Julie Bowyer

Francis Reiss

Ponch Hawkes Margie McClelland Julie Millowick

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IN DEVELOPMENT ASBESTOS

A fading sign for James Hardie tyres on Parramatta Road. NSW. Photo: Krystal Seigerman

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Video stills from Goliath. Images: Rodney Dekker

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IN DEVELOPMENT ASBESTOS

Peter, resident in Wittenoom, WA. Photo: Tobias Titz

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Matt Peacock, ABC journalist and author of Killer Company, on set during filming of Devil’s Dust. Sydney, NSW. 2012. Photo: Susan Gordon-Brown

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IN FOCUS

Group of Nyangumarta boys at native title determination. Nyiyamarri Pukurl (80 Mile Beach), WA. June 2009. Photo: Tobias Titz

Tobias Titz is an award-winning photographer based in Melbourne. His work has been extensively exhibited in Australia and Germany. Tobias has worked with Indigenous communities in the Pilbara, Arnhem Land and Victoria for several years. Photographic work from these interactions is held in the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House, Canberra. He has won the Polaroid Photography Award in 2000, the Head On Photography Prize in 2008 and the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize in 2012. Tobias is also lecturing in photography at Monash University.

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TOBIAS TITZ www.tobiastitz.com

Noel Charlie Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2012. Photo: Tobias Titz

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IN FOCUS TOBIAS TITZ

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Nyarri Morgan Martumili Artist. WA. 2009. Photo: Tobias Titz

Nathaniel and Neville Taylor Parnngurr, WA. 2012. Photo: Tobias Titz 63


OFF THE

MAP

From MAPping Wonthaggi Rona Blsck sells Purple at Kongwak Market. She wants to colour your world. Photo: Andrew Chapman

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Contact President: Jaime Murcia jaimemurcia.com Vice President: Julie Bowyer jabphotographics.com.au Secretary: Brent Lukey brentlukey.com.au Treasurer: Joseph Feil josephfeil.com Fundraising/Sponsorship: Susan Gordon-Brown susangordonbrown.com.au Rodney Dekker rodneydekker.com Michael Silver photonet.com.au General enquiries: mapgroupinfo@gmail.com

MAP Group Inc. 93 Howard Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051

mapgroup.org.au For membership of MAPgroup, check website for details. To contact individual photographers about their images, please use the contact details on the Members page on the website.

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On The Map 1 mar 2013