Julia Coddington

Julia is known for her strong compositions and her ability to work with layers, colour, movement and light. She is a fearless street photographer, able to work close to her subjects without alerting them to her presence. 

Along with Rebecca Wiltshire, Julia is the co-founder of the Unexposed Collective, a platform for Australian women and non-binary street photographers, a member of the Little Box Collective and an administrator and curator of the international @womeninstreet community.

Julia exhibited her major ongoing project, The Pool, at Head On 2019 in Sydney.  She also co-curated the group exhibition, 'Exposed' for the Unexposed Collective at the same festival. In June 2019 she curated and sequenced a the Two Way Street exhibition of @womeninstreet images at the Street Foto San Francisco.

Her images have been selected as finalists in several street photography festivals and exhibited in Sydney, London, New York, Paris, Kolkata and Hyderabad, India. Julia's work is also regularly featured online.

Julia was a contest judge for the 2018 Miami Street Photography Festival, the 2019 Italian Street Photography Festival in Rome and 2019 Street Foto San Francisco.  In May 2018 Julia presented her work and taught a workshop at the Street Photo Milano and joined Bruce Gilden and Nick Turpin as a judge at that festival's real-time photo slam contest. 

In March 2019, Julia was the street photography leader at The Documentary Department in Melbourne, a retreat for women photographers interested in documentary and street photography. In November 2019, she ran a workshop with Vineet Vohra in Varanasi, India.

In February 2020 Julia was nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. The award is one of the world's most prestigious photographic awards. 

To find out a little more about Julia, listen to her interview on Gina Milicia's podcast (September 2018).

See Julia's work below, on her website and on Instagram.

Gerry Orkin

Gerry started making photographs again only a few years ago but his involvement in photography and photographic education goes back decades. 

Before settling permanently in Australia in 1980 Gerry studied documentary photography in the UK and worked in darkrooms and studios in London and Sydney.

Some of his documentary work in Indigenous communities is held in the collections of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) , the National Gallery of Australia and the National Museum of Australia, and appeared in exhibitions, monographs and books. 

From 1986-1988 Gerry was the photographic coordinator for the After 200 years project, a major documentary photography project undertaken by AIATSIS, that featured the work of 21 Australian photographers. As well as recruiting the participating photographers, Gerry supported their work in the communities and mentored young Indigenous photographers who worked on the project. he also contributed two bodies of work to the project. Together with the project manager he curated and sequenced the book and exhibitions.

In the mid-1980s Gerry co-founded Photo Access, Australia's first community photographic centre. He taught photography at Photo Access and in other settings for many years, and coordinated community and documentary photographic projects, including those that worked with young people, people of colour and people with disabilities. Many of those projects resulted in exhibitions.

See Gerry's work below, on his website and on Instagram.