Issue 3 – The Fade, on its way

Emily Hunt, Plate 5 from the series Sixteen Straws.

What the bloody hell is The Fade? Well if you settle down and listen for a second you might find out. I’m talking to you, Steven and co., up the back there. Not funny, mate, I’ll be seeing you at lunchtime if you keep it up.

The Fade is uncertainty, powerlessness, will, remembering, forgetting, desire, decay, grand and humble histories, fate and fear. And, as they say in only the best department store catalogues, so much more:

Alyssa McDonald on the missing.
Craig Schuftan on the cyclical nature of pop music.
Robert Kastenbaum on the moment of death.
Eddie Sharp on a 73-year-old’s animatronic museum.
Lucy Kaldor on the Victorian (state and era) obsession for the world’s biggest tree.
Darren Hanlon on remembering.
Nick Sun on losing your mind.
Emily Hunt envisages ‘Sixteen Straws’ by The Drones.
Laura Jean answers a 1957-1967 Oxford Men’s College entrance exam question.
Claudia O’Doherty reviews cheap psychics.

And also, work by SPOD, Guo Jian, Alli Sebastian Wolf, Martin Slattery, Chris Mikul, Katie Breckon, Ei Kaneko, Nagai Masato, Rudyard Kipling, Jon Jureidini, Edward Summerton, Adam Hill and the winning pictures from Capture The Fade.

The Fade is due for release in mid-April and it’s a beauty.

Pre-order here.

Ahoy there art writers

SuperKaleidoscope is an artist initiative created to represent young contemporary artists by facilitating temporary exhibitions and special projects, in both Australia and abroad.

They are doing some really great stuff, and are on the look out for visual art writers, so check them out if you’re in the biz.

My computer is on the internet!

Chin Flap Sat Chat

Join us tomorrow (Saturday the 27th) for an artist talk at 3pm at the Paper Mill, featuring Capture The Fade winners McLean Stephenson, Simon Greiner, Lucy Parakhina, and Jack Jeweller, with Ampersand editors Simone Mandl and Alice Gage.

We will be discussing the speech Bill Henson gave at the opening of the exhibition last week.

Also it’s the last chance to see the pictures!

Capture The Fade Overall Winner announced

A huge congratulations to the Overall Winner of Capture The Fade – Sergei Sviatchenko, who won with his two pictures, LESS 3 and LESS 4.



Sergei was announced the winner by guest judge Bill Henson at the opening of the Capture The Fade exhibition on Wednesday night.

It was a wonderful night and a wonderful exhibition – Bill flew in from Melbourne in the morning to lay out and install the pictures himself – and the gallery looks amazing.

Thank you to everyone that came down!

If you missed it, you can visit the exhibition until the 27th November.

The Paper Mill
Ash St, Angel Place
Sydney CBD

All the works are for sale at very affordable prices. If you have seen a picture on this site that you’d like to purchase and can’t get to the gallery, email Alice:

We will be doing an artist talk at the Paper Mill at lunchtime on Saturday 27 November, so please join us there.

And all the winning works as well as Bill’s speech will be published in our forthcoming issue.

Bill Henson announcing the Overall Winner and speaking on The Fade.

More photos here on our Events page.

Capture The Fade exhibition opening Nov 17

Capture The Fade winners announced

Ampersand editors and guest judge Bill Henson are very pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural photography competition, Capture The Fade.

The photographs will be reproduced in the Capture The Fade spread in the next issue of Ampersand, ‘The Fade’, due out in February 2011. They will also be exhibited at the Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney, opening on the 17th November 2010 and running for two weeks. Mr Henson will be speaking at the opening on ‘The Fade’  and announcing the overall winner.

There was a tremendous response to our call for submissions, in both number (almost a thousand entries from around the world) and in the quality of entries.

Congratulations to all who entered the competition – we are extremely proud of the collection. The works are emotive, personal, funny, stark and immensely creative. They offer an insight into contemporary trends in photographic art, and function as a kind of archive of current thought.

There are 15 winners as chosen by Bill Henson and 17 photographs, with two photographers gaining two winning shots. There are also 9 Highly Commended works as chosen by Ampersand editors.

So without further ado, the winners.

Tony McRae, Horse and Rider

Robin Cracknell, Memory

Lucy Parakhina, Untitled 1

Sergei Sviatchenko, Less 3

Sergei Sviatchenko, Less 4

Andreas Stelter, 2

Craig Reynolds, Untitled 19

Dominique Staindl, Free Fade

Victor Wiebe, Snowfall

Gene Hart-Smith, Untitled Landscape

Eleanor Weber, Joe

Tyler Morgan, Reflection

Tyler Morgan,  Aza Blue

Michelle Whitehead, Enigma 04

James Harney, Honolulu 2007

Anna Shelton, Untitled 04

Samantha Hawker, Boy in Versailles

Ampersand editors are also delighted to announced the Highly Commended photographs. These shots will be exhibited at the Capture The Fade exhibition.

Justin James King, And we gather with infinite momentum 2

Simon Greiner, Black Backed Jackal

Ingvar Kenne, Election Day

Ryan Kenny, Field Day

Levi Mandel, Hair

Mclean Stephenson, Outer Woman 1

Jun Ahn, Self Portrait 1

Kate Stone, Western Gorilla

Jack Jeweller, Late-Crap-it-all-ism

Congratulations again to all our winners, and please continue enjoying the full collection on the blog, Capture The Fade.

Bits ‘n’ Pieces

A couple of fun things are popping up as we broach the end of our beloved International Year of 2010.

Editor Alice Gage will be speaking on a panel at Sydney’s first Emerging Writers’ Festival on 7 November, and will also have a stall at the zine fair, so come say hi.

Check that out here.

Our sister project, I Can Draw You A Picture, is having another live publishing installations as a part of Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival from 10-14 November.

Check this out here.

Stay tuned for breaking news on the Capture The Fade winners and announcement of the exhibition.


Carn, dare ya…

Melbourne Writers’ Festival

The Melbourne Writers Festival ‘Magazine’ gig last Saturday was fantastic, even in the face of a monsoon, and thank you to our wonderful speakers: Dan Stacey (Bad Idea), Alyssa McDonald (The New Statesman), Shannon Holopainen (Ampersand contributor and founder of Gives Collective), Monica Dux (co-author The Great Feminist Denial), Miles O’Neil (The Suitcase Royale) and Gavin Pretor-Pinney (The Idler and The Cloud Appreciation Society).

Emma Schwartz and Monica Dux

Check it out on our Events page.

Capture The Fade closed!

Capture The Fade is now closed.

We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the beauty and diversity of photographs that were submitted to the competition, and amazed by the sheer volume of entries – 737 photographs from around the world.

A very heartfelt congratulations and thank you to all photographers who took the time to fill out a rather fiddly release form and send us your stunning responses to The Fade. We couldn’t be more impressed.

So we leave it in the hands of the very capable Bill Henson, and in the meantime please keep enjoying the collection.

Ampersand in the UK

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