We caught up with Georgia Metaxas, course leader for the 3 week Digital Photography Portfolio Summer Course. Georgia Metaxas is a London based photographer. She balances her time between working in the Museum Sector, teaching and personal and commissioned projects. Metaxas has exhibited throughout Australia and abroad, including China, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Her work is held in several public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Victoria.
Her work sits within a documentary framework, aspects acknowledging her interest in documentary photography and the tension found between ‘artistic’ intent and documentary purpose. We chatted to Georgia about her work as a photographer and tutor.
I would encourage aspiring artists to take any and all opportunities that help them to engage with their chosen medium, not only those that sound interesting or cool.
What is your name and what do you teach?
My name is Georgia Metaxas. I teach the Summer Study Abroad: Digital Photography Portfolio Course at LCC, which runs for 3 weeks. At Coventry University, I tutor 3rd year students in Independent Practice Exploration & Realisation. And at De Montfort University I teach 1st year students Introduction to Photography. I also teach a short course at City Academy in Fine Art Photography, the list goes on!
How did you come to work in your field?
I enjoyed photography in secondary school, however did not begin studying Photography until after working in a different industry for few years, I saw a particular course and thought I would enjoy it, which I did. From there I started working for Fairfax Media as a press photographer and running my own freelance business of which I have always maintained an arts practice alongside.
Sleeper by Georgia Metaxas ©
Could you tell us a little bit about something you've been working on recently as well as your wider practice?
I recently completed a portrait commission. Portraiture is at the core of my practice. My photographic work sits within a documentary framework, examined predominantly through universal rituals and gestures. It employs a considered and deliberate approach, a conceptually inspired rendering drawn from the chaos of reality. My work has been exhibited internationally in Australia, China, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Tell us about a piece of creative work by another artist that has been on your mind lately
Parasite by Bong Joon-ho. I have always been a fan of Korean movies for their dark humour and excellent movie making and story telling abilities, so am thrilled to see the mainstream movie world get on board!
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
I would encourage aspiring artists to take any and all opportunities that help them to engage with their chosen medium, not only those that sound interesting or cool. There is always something that can be learnt, technical and conceptual realisations to be made, that will assist in the development of process and methodology and in doing so, their own voice.
Also I'd advise them to keep making work, and to surround themselves with like minded artists that will help to challenge the work that they are making.
Grandparents by Georgia Metaxas ©
How has teaching students on Summer Study Abroad informed your approach to your field?
The Summer Study Abroad: Digital Photography Portfolio Course, provides an opportunity for a small group of photographic students to develop a portfolio of photographic work. To assist with the development of new ideas it encourages experimentation, which is something that was nice to be reminded of and has in due course informed my approach!
What is the most important thing that students take away from your course?
That photography is a broad church, meaning that there are a number of ways that you can find yourself working within it. And that a holistic approach, an understanding the technical as well as the theoretical and practical is important.