New Photographers 2022


Photo Australia’s showcase of emerging photographers featured seven Australian artists that brought new perspectives to the human experience, photography and visual culture.

The PHOTO 2022 New Photographers exhibition was at James Makin Gallery and featured artists Isabella Darcy, J Davies, João Marco Deloie, Rachel Main, Olivia Mròz, Jake Nemirovsky, and Jahkarli Romanis.


The New Photographers opening reception was part of our PHOTO 2022 Launch Weekend. James Makin Gallery was buzzing for the opening with approximately 250 people coming through. Accompanying Rachel Main’s works, there was Krump performances by Aleena Panagopoulos (Kid Antagonize), Bia Lupiga (Lil Red) and Troi-Saraih Ilsley, directed by Jennifer Ma. Patrons enjoyed drinks by Bodriggy Brewery and Noisy Ritual Urban Winery.


Find out more about the New Photographers program in this short video.




Pitta Pitta woman Jahkarli Romanis unpacks the continuing negative impacts of colonisation, uncovering biases in contemporary mapping technologies. Jake Nemirovsky’s practice blurs the distinction between the real and the fictional, reassessing documentary image-making conventions for a post-truth world.


Inspired by his Indigenous Brazilian heritage, João Marco Deloie works to decolonise the camera, synthesising cultural practice into his artistic practice, while Olivia Mròz examines themes surrounding identity, sex and queerness. Rachel Main offers an insider’s view of Australia and Aotearoa’s female Krump dance communities, J Davies reveals queer intimacy and bodies, and Isabella Darcy investigates the value we place on objects to explore material culture and human consumption.


The New Photographers were mentored by Sam Contis (US), George Georgiou (UK), Felicity Hammond (UK), Florian Hetz (DE), Alona Pardo (UK), Sara, Peter & Tobias (DK), and Ann Shelton (NZ).


Curated by Photo Australia

Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria

Supported by The PrintShop @ PSC with paper sponsorship by CANSON Infinity

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March