Paul McDonald | Director and Founder

 
Paul McDonald is an experienced educator, manager and curator in the creative arts and is a practising documentary photographic artist. His photographic work has been published both nationally and internationally and his work has been exhibited in over 25 countries. 

Paul gained experience as a team leader and senior manager in the private sector from 2000-2008. From 2008-2012 he held senior management positions (Associate Director) at Australian Centre for Photography. From 2012-2014 he was gallery Director at 10x8 gallery, Sydney. In 2014 he founded Contact Sheet gallery, St Leonards NSW, where he is currently self-employed as Director.

Paul completed his MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at University of the Arts London in December 2016 with Distinction. He currently is a lecturer at Macleay College teaching Photojournalism and News Photography.

Morganna Magee

Morganna Magee is an Australian social documentary photographer and educator based in Melbourne, Victoria. Morganna’s work is focused around long-term projects in which the relationship between photographer and subject challenge the traditional notion of the impartial gaze of the photographer. To date, her personal work has explored the issues and complexities around disability, grief and womanhood.

Morganna’s images have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Age, The Big Issue, The Weekend Australian magazine, Art and Australia magazine, Broadly.com, Wooden toy Quarterly, LostatEminor, Esquire, and Black and White Magazine. Her work has been nominated for the National Portrait Prize, Headon Portrait Prize, Maggie Diaz prize in Australia and internationally Px3 Official Selection for 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris, International Photography Awards ( Lucies), Commendation Sony World Photography awards.

Morganna lectures in Photography at the Swinburne University of Technology.
Tom Luscombe

Tom Luscombe is an established commercial photographer, educator and lighting technician.

He attained a Bachelor of Design from the University of Technology, Sydney, writing his thesis on fashion photography. As an artist he had his first successful solo exhibition in 1993 and first group show in 2007. Since then he has exhibited on a regular basis at Contact Sheet and other fine art galleries in Sydney. His work appears in many collections, including that of a major Chinese art collector based in Hong Kong, Beijing and Sydney.

Tom worked at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) in the position of workshop co-ordinator within the education department. Tom worked closely with the staff and tutors assisting in course development as well as the day to day running of the education department. For many years Tom was a tutor at the ACP and at the Raffles College of Design and Commerce specialising in lighting and technical aspects of photography. Tom has also taught a seniors class at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He has delivered several community photography programmes with young people, including an eight week change-making photographic course for indigenous youth through Flashpoint Labs.

Tom is now based in Orange, NSW, as a freelance photographer, concentrating on product, still-life and portrait photography. His clients include local food and wine producers. In 2018, he was selected to deliver his first public art project in partnership with Contact Sheet and North Sydney Council. He mentors artists who are studying at MA and PhD levels, advising on lighting and development of style. He is currently collaborating with Paul McDonald as a lighting technician for an exhibition planned for 2019.

Stephanie Rose Wood

Stephanie Rose Wood
Stephanie Rose Wood is a Melbourne based documentary and portrait photographer. Stephanie combines traditional photographic practices with new modes of storytelling, focussing on long-form documentary projects. In 2016, Stephanie completed the Masters of Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication and graduated with a distinction. Throughout her creative practice, Stephanie has provided a facilitating role through education and curation.

Most recently Stephanie’s research has led her to consider the psychology of belief­. Her work is driven by an interest in ritual and the need to document the silent, intangible and uncanny aspects of human existence, which arise from unexplainable almost invisible experiences.

David Charles Collins


David Collins was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1988. Specialising in photography and video media David graduated with an MFA from Sydney College of the Arts in 2017.

David’s work has been displayed in several exhibitions including solo shows at Perth Centre for Photography and STILLS Gallery as well as group exhibitions such as Pingyao photography festival in China.

His work has been reviewed in publications Australian Art Collector Magazine, Art Guide Australia, Scoop magazine and The Age,
and is held in collections including the Art Gallery Of Western Australia and the University Of Western Australia’s Lawrence Wilson Gallery.

David currently lives in Sydney, New South Wales.
Ben Ali Ong

Ben Ali Ong is an artist working predominantly across photography, video and mixed media. Choosing to work solely in black and white, his brooding photographs are defined by their use of dream-like imagery. Often blurry, grainy and scratched – Ong’s pictorial choices appear to be made completely at random, creating a disjointed and surreal narrative. Ben has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions for over a decade and has been a finalist in many prestigious photographic awards including The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, The Redlands Art Prize, The Olive Cotton Photographic Prize, The Moran Photographic Prize and the Blake Prize. His work is held in numerous corporate and private collections such as the Macquarie Bank Art Collection. He has been represented by leading Gallery's such as United, Tim Olsen Gallery, Boutwell Draper, and is now a part of Artereal Gallery in Sydney's line up of Represented artists.

Ben completed a Diploma of Photography in 2004 and since then has worked full time as a Photographer, Artist, and Technician. From 2004-2017 he worked with Master Printer Warren Macris as a technician for some of Australia's leading Photo Artists and Educators, with well over a decades experience in both analogue and digital imaging. Currently, he works at Rewind Photo Lab primarily as a Fine Art Inkjet Printer and Scanner.