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The countdown is on to Australia’s leading annual photography event, Head On Festival.

Held in Sydney Australia, Head On notoriously collaborates the work of internationally acclaimed photographers and raises the bar in 2019 with none other than German-Australian legend (and huge inspiration to us here at THE JOURNAL), the great Helmut Newton.

It’s a cracker line-up in celebration of Head On’s 10th anniversary and will mark the festival’s largest program to date running from May 4th to May 19th.

Five exhibitions have been announced, the prolific Newton in great company with UK-based ‘Photographer of the Year’ Tariq Zaidi, Masayoshi Sukita and photojournalists David Dare Parker and Paul Blackmore.

“Head On brings the work of internationally recognized artists to Sydney, to be presented alongside emerging and established Australian talent over two weeks,” said Head On Festival Artistic Director, Moshe Rosenzveig OAM.

“Over the past decade. Head On has presented the work of over 5000 photographers including Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark and Bill Henson. In 2018, the festival attracted record attendances to experience 147 exhibitions and more than 1000 artists at98 Sydney venues and galleries,” added Rosenzveig.

We’re obviously super pumped to see the Newton exhibition, but equally excited about Japanese artist, Masayoshi Sukita’s exhibition titled, David Bowie. Sukita photographed the Starman for more than 40 years – a unique insight that will join portraits of Iggy Pop and other musicians for a walk through rock history.

Further to this, Tariq Zaidi’s exhibition of work sounds like an untapped resource of inspiration no doubt peppered with unexpected hair highlights. Titled Sapeurs Portraits Series, Zaidi documents the La Sape fashion subculture in the cities of Kinshasa, DRC and Bazzaville (Republic of the Congo) where everyday citizens transform themselves into debonair dandies and sashay through the streets, bringing joy to their communities who in turn, treat them like rock stars. Cool.

All exhibitions will be supported by a program of free artist/curator talks aswell as ticketed discussion panels.

Bring it (head) on.