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The Real Thing

/ Curated by Jeff Moorfoot OAM (AUS)

Jeff Moorfoot OAM, founding father of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2005-2015), returns to curate The Real Thing – a milestone exhibition for the Biennale’s 10th edition. Fifteen regional Victorian photographers respond to the festival theme The Real Thing and Russell Morris’s 1969 song of the same name, which presented an incongruity to the complex production values and song length of more than double the length of most singles of the day.

Featuring highly credentialed artists working in a range of genres including fine art, photojournalism, commercial, documentary, and alternate process, The Real Thing celebrates the expertise and thriving communities of practising photographers in regional Victoria.


John Ansell (Traralgon)
Robert Ashton (Airey’s Inlet)
Tim Burder (Daylesford)
Andrew Chapman OAM (Warragul)
Peter Dunphy (Beechworth)
Trevor Foon (Wonthaggi)
Jacqui Henshaw (Macedon)
Aldona Kmiec (Melbourne/Ballarat/Gippsland)
Julie Millowick OAM (Fryerstown)
Rachel Mounsey (Mallacoota)
Harry Nankin (Castlemaine)
Michael Rayner (Castlemaine)
Kim Percy (Hepburn Springs)
Susan Purdy (Gippsland)
Sandy Scheltema (Trentham)
Ellie Young (Trentham East)

Main image: Tim Burder, Myall Creek, 2023
Image carousel: Michael Rayner, Travelling Through Time, 2023 (detail)

This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

Special thanks to The George Hotel Ballarat.

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