Clicks and tricks of the trade
Photo fan Gunsberg expects snappers to learn a lot, writes
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.