On Bastille Day, Wednesday 14 July, Tony Maniaty will give an illustrated talk at the North Sydney Stanton Library, North Sydney - ‘France and Photography, 1830-1990’ - highlighting the central role of France in the birth and development of the photographic arts, from the blurry output of Niépce’s 19th century ‘camera obscura’ to the classic ‘decisive moment’ street photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson and other celebrated 20th century photo-artists. Bookings essential.
Photo exhibition at The Kirribilli Centre
'Our hearts are still open': the Spirit of France in the Year 2020
Photographs by Tony Maniaty
Exhibition launch: Sunday 11 July, 3pm by Moshe Rosenzveig
Moshe Rosenzveig AO is the founder and director of Head On Photo Festival, Australia's largest annual photography festival, showcasing the work of international and local photographers.
Exhibition runs: Sunday 11 July to Sunday 25 July
At the peak of the COVID pandemic, Australian photojournalist Tony Maniaty - based in Paris - documented the daily life of the French people as they tackled, with courage and fortitude, the greatest crisis in a generation. To celebrate Bastille Day, a solo exhibition of Tony’s photographs will be held at The Kirribilli Centre gallery, from Sunday 11 July until Sunday 18 July. In contrast to the news coverage across 2020, Tony’s evocative black-and-white images step back to capture the more human rhythms and hopes of the Parisians, portraying yet another remarkable chapter in French history.
A regular visitor to France, Tony Maniaty spent two years based in Paris as SBS’s European Correspondent, and 2020 living in Provence and the capital. As well as a lifelong embrace of photography, Tony’s professional career has included journalism, writing fiction and films, and lecturing as Associate Professor of Creative Practices at UTS in Sydney. He currently lives in Naremburn, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, and plans to return to France when circumstances allow.