The world's second largest celebration of photography is now in its third year. A wide range of photography across all genres will be displayed in over 100 different venues for five weeks.
Check out Time Out’s top 11 picks of the Festival and visit Head On Photo Festival for more.
She is the Darkness TAP Gallery, Lvl 1/278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst 2010. 02 9361 0440. Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm. May 14-19. Nineteen photographers find inspiration in song lyrics – from Guns’n’Roses to Gotye. Check out our She is the Darkness slideshow.
Leslie Oliver: Love Stories Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks St, Waterloo 2017. 02 9318 1122. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10am-6pm. May 8-26.When did you first fall in love? Leslie Oliver puts the question to over a thousand young people. Read our interview with Leslie Oliver.
Messages for our Children: 3/11 A New Beginning
Japan Foundation Gallery, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney 2000. 02 8239 0062. Mon-Sat 11am-4pm. May 10-June 2. Sixty photos taken by children in the disaster stricken areas of Japan, documenting their feelings on the 3/11 tragedy.
Peter Elfes: The Green Desert
Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney 2000. 02 9242 8551. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Feb 2-Jul 12. Award-winning photographer Peter Elfes captures, in spectacular colour, the affect of La Nina on Lake Eyre and the Central and Eastern desert regions of Australia.
Tamara Dean: Only Human
Tim Olsen Gallery, 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025. 02 9327 3922. Tue-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5om; Sun 12noon-5pm. April 24-May13. Tamara Dean explores what it is to be human, in connection with our natural world.
Simon Harsent: Into the Abyss
Sydney Opera House, Western Foyers, Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000. 02 9250 7111. Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm. April 27-May 8. Photographer Simon Harsent teams up with his father, award-winning poet David Harsent, in an exhibition created for the Pool Collective’s inaugural publication, Blow Up.
Portraits: Sydney Writers’ Festival
Global Gallery, 5 Comber Street, Paddington 2021. 02 9360 5728. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 12noon-4pm. May 2-13. Adrian Cook’s direct and incisive portraits of the creators of literature and ideas, including Richard E Grant and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Samantha Everton: Collected Works
Arthouse Gallery, 66 McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay 2011. 02 9332 1019. Tues-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm. May 2-26. Samantha Everton captures her world of ‘magical realism’ in key pieces from her two most recent bodies of work, Vintage Dolls and Marionettes.
The Art of the Album
Blender Gallery, 16 Elizabeth Street, Paddington 2021. 02 9380 7080. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10am-6pm. May 3-Jun 2. An exhibition of music’s most iconic images, plus the world exclusive launch of the Peter Gabriel Collection.
Peter Solness: Night Magic Photographic Workshop
Centennial Parklands, Paddington Gates, Paddington 2021. 02 9339 6699. May 12. 7-10.30pm. In the ‘Night Magic’ workshop, experimental photographer Peter Solness teaches you how to play with light at night to create unique and exciting images.
Nudes on Tap
Tap Gallery, 45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst 2010. 02 9361 0440. Daily 12noon-6pm. May 21-Jun 3. A nude portraiture photographic competition, with awards presentation by judge Eugene Tan on May 29. The exhibition also involves a cocktail party and erotic movie night (May 22), a nude photographic workshop (May 25), and the screening of nude art movie clips, including a tribute to the French 1960’s painter Yves Klein. Check out Time Out's picks of the best life drawing and nude art events in Sydney
and our interview with a nude model