Hoda has been teaching at PSC since 2014. She is a practicing visual artist and winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize (March 2015). She is also a PhD candidate at the department of Art at Curtin University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art – Photography at Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran.
She started her career as a documentary photographer and was selected by 'World Press Photo' in 2006 as one of the top ten young documentary photographers of Iran to attend their Educational Training Program. She moved to Australia in 2007 and pursued her passion for art making by exploring various aspects of photography and other mediums such as sculpture and video. She investigates the academic discourses around contemporary social issues including globalization, imperialism and power relations, displacement and post-identity politics. Her artwork attempts to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration. She tests diaspora, exoticism and alter modern cosmopolitanism for political, artistic and uncanny image-making possibilities.
Michael Coyne has worked on assignments and appeared in magazines such as: National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, Life, Time, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, German Geo, French Geo, Paris Match, Madame La Figaro, London Observe Magazine, London Independent Magazine, Travel Holiday, and Vogue.
He is a Senior Fellow at PSC where he lectures students interested in photojournalism and documentary photography.
He has had a number of successful books published of his work including: Numurkah Lakes & Roses, Second Spring – The Regeneration of the Jesuits, The Oz Factor, A World of Australians, Contemporary Photographer: Australia – MICHAEL COYNE, The Jew called Jesus, Tour of Duty – East Timor, Lonely Planet – People Photography, How To be A Child and Armageddon.
He has had a number of solo and combined exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, South America and North America.
His numerous awards include: American National Press Photographers Association, Overseas Press Club of America, FCC Hong Kong Human Rights Certificate, Children’s Book of the Year, The Religious Book of the Year.
He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (by Publication) from Griffith University in October 2008. Michael has also been awarded the “Centenary Medal” by the Australian Government for Services to Photography and a Fellowship by the AIPP for services to Australian photography.
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