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The Circus - Beyond the Scene
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As a photographer, Lisa Hogben has an eclectic
background. Whilst studying a Bachelor in Visual
Arts at City Art Institute (now known as COFA),
she dreamt of becoming a painter.
But it was her first contact with photography
in her final year of Art School that changed her
course in life. Her affinity for the camera as
a tool for expression was obvious from the first
and her ability to draw from her vast knowledge
of visual art paved the way for her first photographic
exhibition Angelus Exeunt et Al. The
images juxtaposed modern life onto the everyday
depiction of the sixteenth century.
During the exploration of these themes Lisa began
to develop her current approach to photography.
Her interests are the underlying connections,
strengths and vulnerabilities of her subjects.
It is the little truths that are extracted
from daily life that captivate her. For her, contact
with ordinary people and objects often yields
photographs that emphasize the heroic nature of
humanity. Those little truths are
freeze framed in Lisas photos, her connection
to her subjects providing a conduit into the universality
of the emotions, desires and dreams played out
in everyday realities.
Lisa describes her relationship to photography
I think that the camera is a very simple
tool. People seem to have the impression that
great photographs are just the result of pressing
a button at the right time, perhaps even at a
random time. But I think that the art is the empathy
that you have with your subject and the personal
vision that you take with you when you point a
camera in a particular direction. The immediacy
of the medium is what separates it from all others,
its a very powerful connection that you
can make when you communicate and react with your
subject in the here and now. The fact that you
can document that process while it is happening
is the unique thing. I guess there are always
going to be stylistic revolutions, I mean that
when certain theories reign supreme you are always
going to see adherents to those theories. But
to me its all about being there, the photo
is just the by-product of the encounter. If I
was a writer and I had nothing to say would I
bother writing? So if being a photographer doesnt
involve me in the process why would I bother taking
Lisa Hogben has made the search for little
truths her lifes work. The daily lives
of her subjects are intertwined into our own,
spilling out with the little truths
of our being. Her photographs are a testament
to her ability to see with tolerance, honesty
2005 1990 Freelance photographer based
in Sydney, London and New York. Clients include
Coke, Sony, Prince Michael of Kent, Qantas, ADI,
Amcor Paper, Keep Australia Beautiful Council,
Time Australia, Who Weekly, Australian Style,
Large, Cleo, Sunday Life.
2004 1990 Photographic Lecturer at North
2000 Olympic News Service
1998 Artist in Residence North Sydney Community
1993 Studio based in Max Logan Studios, Russell
1992 Managing B/W darkroom and reproductions
for duration of Sam Hood exhibition at NSW State
1991 Associate Diploma of Photography at Sydney
1989 Internship at Pace MacGill Photographic
Gallery, New York City, NY. USA.
1988 Bachelor of Visual Arts, College of Fine
Arts, University of NSW.
1990 Winner Bulletin Mumm Cordon Rouge Photographic
Awards. Selected by Edmund Capon, David Moore,
Robert McFarlane and Lorrie Graham.
1992 Winner of Goodweekend photographic competition.
1st prize return tickets to Europe.
1996 Selected for Who Weekly Magazine's 25 Best
Photographs (of the First Five Years of Publication)
for the Fifth Birthday Edition.
2005 Honourable Mention Caveat Emptor
2003 Solo Exhibition Shadowlands 1
Fresco Designs, Surry Hills.
1998 Solo Exhibition 'Photographs of North Sydney
' On Permanent Display.
1992 Solo Exhibition 'Angelus Exeunt et Al'.