Clicks and tricks of the trade

Photo fan Guns­berg ex­pects snap­pers to learn a lot, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

AN­DREW Guns­berg ex­pects ev­ery am­a­teur snap­per to learn a trick or two dur­ing his new ABC se­ries Photo Fin­ish.

Host­ing the se­ries is a dream come true for Guns­berg, who co-hosted Aus­tralian Idol for seven sea­sons.

‘‘Pho­tog­ra­phy is an­other big pas­sion of mine and I am re­ally lucky to be able to do a TV show about some­thing I re­ally, re­ally love,’’ he says.

The six-parter pits three am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers against each other in themed chal­lenges rang­ing from por­traits to fash­ion.

In the opener, ac­tor Vince Colosimo, busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist Dick Smith and Cir­cus Oz ring­mas­ter Christa Hughes pose for por­traits.

A mar­riage cel­e­brant, a pri­son of­fi­cer and stay-at-home mum are among the 24 am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers who take on the range of as­sign­ments.

Pro­vid­ing ad­vice and judg­ing the first three am­a­teur snap­pers is world renowned Sydney pho­tog­ra­pher Gary Heery whose por­trait sub­jects in­clude Madonna, Andy Warhol and Roy Or­bi­son.

‘‘That’s what I like about the for­mat, it op­er­ates on a few lev­els and is of in­ter­est to any­one in­ter­ested in pho­tog­ra­phy,’’ says Guns­berg, a pas­sion­ate pho­tog­ra­pher.

‘‘With this se­ries we wanted peo­ple to walk away with some kind of knowl­edge that would make their pho­tos bet­ter. Even if it’s a high-end fash­ion shoot, there will be

An­drew Guns­berg and Anne Lox­ley snapped for a comment in there from one of our ex­perts, which will help the am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher in some­way or an­other.’’

Dur­ing each episode, the pho­tog­ra­phers are given the same time, the same equip­ment and same ad­vice.

Guns­berg, who is cur­rently based in the US, will be joined by Anne Lox­ley, a cu­ra­tor at Sydney’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, to choose the show’s weekly win­ner.

Thurs­day, 8pm, ABC1.

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