Masterclass: On Industry, Philosophy and Techniques

08 May 2022
Image: James J. Robinson, [On Golden Days], 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Image: James J. Robinson, On Golden Days, 2022. Courtesy the artist.


08 May 2022

Sunday, 11am-2pm (AEST)


Hillvale Gallery [i]
43 – 45 Edward St, Brunswick
Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm
Sat – Sun, 11am – 3pm




Wheelchair access

AUSLAN interpreter provided free on request when booking.


Donation to Pay The Rent

Aimed at students of photography and visual arts, James J. Robinson will be leading an in-depth class and discussion, covering topics like the international photography industry, the philosophy and responsibilities of photo-taking, and developing a personal style.

How do you navigate the tricky line between photography as your income and your art? What are ways we can deconstruct problematic structures in the industry? James will offer some insights, take questions, and invite some special guests on stage to offer some additional perspectives.

This talk is in conjunction with the solo exhibition On Golden Days by James J. Robinson.

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  • James J. Robinson (AU/PH)

    Born 1995, Melbourne, Australia
    Lives and works Los Angeles, U.S.

    James J. Robinson is a Filipino/Australian artist based in Los Angeles. With a background in cinema and film criticism, his work pays particular attention to character, narrative and lighting. His work focusses on the power of representation, using visibility to break down systems of oppression. This style of poetic realism derives from his desire to deconstruct and heal oppressive systems within the industry, casting everyone from his family to academics and scientists he admires. His work covers photography, filmmaking, writing and lighting design, having worked with and been published by The New York Times, Vogue Australia and The Guardian.

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.

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