Queer PHOTO: Navigating A Male Dominated Industry Photography Panel

  • Image: Kira Puru by Nelly Skoufatoglou
    Image: Kira Puru by Nelly Skoufatoglou
Queer PHOTO: Navigating A Male Dominated Industry Photography Panel
This event has been cancelled: 10 March 2024, 11am—12pm
Event Information


Are there challenges that cis men don’t experience?

What can we do to make improvements within the industry?

Join photographers Frenchie Holiday, Kira Puru, Leilani Fuimaono [Queer PHOTO – So’otaga (Connection)] and Isabella Capezio [Queer PHOTO – Workshop: Cyanotype Photography with Isabella Capezio] for a discussion on life as a photographer, the hard parts, the lovely parts and tips for new and experienced photographers.

This is a chance to hear from a range of industry professionals who specialise in a vaiety of styles – from queer landscapes, to studio portraiture, to event photography.

Come and hang out with a bunch of lovely queers, meet other upcoming and seasoned photographers and chat about the industry.

Kira Puru is part of the Australian music scene. Leilani’s work reflects on her experiences as a member of the intersecting LGBTQIA+ Pasifika community and finding belonging. Our host, Isabella, is an RMIT lecturer, whose work looks at landscape photography through a queer lens. Through their varied backgrounds, these artists will introduce you to a wide range of perspectives on the photography industry.

This event is free but capacity is limited so bookings are essential.

When: 10 March 2024, 11am—12pm
Cost: Free

This event is part of Queer PHOTO Exhibition, which is a collaboration comprising large-scale outdoor works, indoor gallery exhibitions, and an interactive public performance program by local and international artists, as part of Midsumma Festival. Check out Queer PHOTO Exhibition for more information.

A Queer PHOTO exhibition program presented by Midsumma and PHOTO Australia Supported by Creative Victoria through the Victorian Government’s Go West Fund.

Date & Times

Sunday 10 March, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Footscray Community Arts



This event is Auslan interpreted.

All internal venues are wheelchair accessible. If you have any access needs, we have a range of audio assistance available. Please call or email us if we can help plan your journey.

Phone: 03 9362 8888
Email: reception@footscrayarts.com

Meet the Panelists
  • Leilani Fuimaono
    Leilani Fuimaono

    Born 1992, Boorloo (Perth), Australia
    Lives and works Naarm (Melbourne), Australia
    leilani fuimaono is a Samoan-Australian multidisciplinary artist based in Naarm working primarily in photography, film and sculpture. their work often explores themes of grief, belonging/not belonging, and deconstructing notions of identity and community.

  • Isabella Capezio
    Isabella Capezio

    Born 1986, Melbourne, Australia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Isabella Capezio is a photographer, artist and a lecturer in Photography in the School of Art at RMIT.

    Isabella’s research and artwork engages in themes of failure, queerness and landscape. As a PhD candidate, Isabella is experimenting with alternative ways to reflect on place, vision, ‘nature’ and colonial frameworks of power through landscape photography.

    Isabella’s interest in modes of publication and the production of photobooks has led to the role of coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Photo-book Archive and within that role has facilitated a number of workshops in the Asia Pacific region. Isabella has also co-run a small photographic gallery, and has curated educational materials for the photojournalism collective #Dysturb.

  • Frenchie Holiday

    Using multi- media such as photography, illustration and performance – Frenchie Holiday draws inspiration from eras and aesthetics from a time long forgotten.

  • Kira Puru
    Kira Puru

    Naarm-based singer/song-writer, Kira Puru, makes gutsy, irreverent tunes, characterised by catchy pop melodies and thick, chewy basslines. Known for dynamic live performances and whip-sharp commentary, she is widely respected as one of Australia’s biggest voices. Gathering a cult following with her hypnotic debut, Tension, Kira’s star is ever-rising. Her second hit Molotov landed at #75 on triple j’s Hottest 100, and most recent offering, Talk With Me, enjoyed several short stays as #1 on triple j’s most played.

    Hailing from Newcastle, Puru cut her teeth performing with local bands on the live circuit and quickly earned collaborations with Australian greats like Urthboy, Illy and Paul Kelly. Graduating to the more refined alternative pop style showcased on her acclaimed self-titled EP in 2018, Kira’s music examines universal themes of lust, heartbreak, and freedom through a lens that acknowledges queerness and cultural identity, delivered with playful cynicism and a suggestive wink.

QueerPHOTO at Footscray Community Arts