Bikini Kill, Planet Nightclub, Perth, photographed by Sophie Howarth, 1996 (detail)

Unfocused: Photography Masterclass

Duration: Times vary
3 + 12 November 2022

Join Sophie Howarth in this three-part masterclass that explores her career, the history and sociology of music photography and how to work with the movement and mayhem of rock musicians.

Sophie has specialised in social documentary and commercial photography during her 30-year career in photography. A graduate of Sydney’s National Art School her practice flourished in the demanding and creatively rich environment of Australia’s rock music scene.

With a visual sensibility that earned Sophie an access-all-areas pass as official photographer to iconic events like the Big Day Out, touring with artist Gurrumul Yunupingu through Arnhem Land, and working as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone Australia.

The legacy of her early work is a culturally significant archive of world-class Australian and international rock music artists and the music scene from the 1990s to mid-2000s. Her archive of work is now an important document of Australian culture.

‘Sophie Howarth is one of Australia’s best-ever photographers. Her rock and roll photography captured and helped define Australia’s new music explosion in the 90’s. Like all great artists, she saw things we couldn’t see.’ — John O’Donnell, MD, EMI 2002-2022

This workshop is delivered in partnership with UTS Photography and takes place over three sessions:

Session 1: Thursday 3 November
Background, Music Photography as Sociology and Taking Photographs
This session will take place during a Powerhouse Late, taking photos behind the scenes and during performances.

Session 2: Online Mentorship
30-minute private mentorship session with Sophie 

Session 3: Saturday 12 November
Edit and Feedback 

In conjunction with the Unpopular exhibition, Powerhouse is inviting expressions of interest from emerging and established photographers who have a high degree of camera competency to discuss, develop and extend their practice under the guidance of Sophie Howarth.

To register your interest in this masterclass please complete an EOI by 30 September. Masterclass spaces are strictly limited. If you are successful, you will be notified by 14 October 2022.


What to bring: camera with flash capacity




Exhibition Events


Opens Thursday 27 October 2022

Unpopular draws stories of the alternative music scene of the 1990s from the never-before-seen archive of record company founder Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic.
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