PHOTO 2022

  • Being Human
  • 29 April
    – 22 May
  • 123 Artists
    90 Exhibitions
  • Audiences

PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography revolved around one epic theme: ‘Being Human’. We invited artists, photographers, curators and academics to unpack what it means to be human today: what shapes are identity, what unites us, and what makes us unique as individuals. We took audiences on a journey through life (and the afterlife) to discover different lived experiences, First Nations cultures, queer stories, and digital identities along the way.

The Festival consisted of a trail of 90 exhibitions at galleries across Victoria as well as iconic outdoor locations in Melbourne—from Southbank Promenade and the courtyard of the Old Melbourne Gaol to Prahran Market and the steps of Old Treasury Building. As well as the most exciting emerging and established Australian artists, PHOTO 2022 featured exclusive presentations by outstanding international artists such as Gillian Wearing, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mohamed Bourouissa, Luo Yang, Poulomi Basu, Martine Gutierrez, Aziz Hazara and Vasantha Yogananthan.

We celebrated two icons of photography: Cindy Sherman was honoured with our largest single artwork to date, and fashion photography legend Helmut Newton was revisited in an exhibition surveying his life and work.

The artistic program sat alongside events, education and professional development programs including our free PHOTO Live talks and Photobook Weekend, as well as a series of curated tours and much more.

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