Published on 20 March 2014
Award-winning Australian photojournalist Brian Cassey will give a free public lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday 26 March.
The Cairns-based photographer, whose extensive career has included covering military conflicts in East Timor and Fiji, was a finalist for the 2013 Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year award.
His work regularly appears in news publications across Australia and overseas, and many of his images are featured on his website at <www.briancasseyphotographer.com>.
Mr Cassey’s presentation at 6.30pm on Wednesday is part of USC’s 2014 Art and Architecture Lecture Series. It will have a strong focus on how photojournalism has changed over the years.
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The following evening (Thursday 27 March), Mr Cassey will be guest speaker at the official opening of the touring Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, which the USC Gallery will host until Saturday 3 May.
Then on Friday 28 March, he will speak to USC’s undergraduate Journalism students about the role of photojournalism within the wider profession.
USC Lecturer in Journalism Jane Fynes-Clinton said Mr Cassey’s visit would help students gain a broader understanding of their discipline.
“Brian is going to be speaking to our Introduction to Journalism students, to help them understand that journalism isn’t just writing – it’s telling stories in a range of different ways,” she said. “We’re in a visual age, and increasingly those journalists who are in a print or online environment will need to be thinking about using pictures or imagery as well.”
Mrs Fynes-Clinton said she would encourage all Journalism students to attend the Nikon-Walkley exhibition as it would offer a rare opportunity to see some of Australia’s best photojournalism work on display.
“Increasingly, we have students that come to us with a very broad understanding of media, and they are thinking about pictures as part of that,” she said. “This gives them a taste of the best of what’s out there.
“It’s a real opportunity for our university to inspire our students. It gives them something to aim for – that one day they can be part of explaining society to itself.”
Mr Cassey said he was looking forward to speaking with local residents about his work. “I’ll be speaking on my experience of photojournalism over the decades and the changes that have occurred within the profession in that time,” he said. “I’m also interested to see the passion that photojournalism students have on the Sunshine Coast.”
— Terry Walsh