Capturing the people, places and contemporary environment of the vibrant Israeli region of Jaffa, Sydney’s iconic SOHO Galleries presents Australian photographer Nathan Miller’s first ever photography exhibition, Somewhere in Jaffa from 9 May to 5 June as part of the 2015 Head On Photo Festival
With his extensive travels across the globe providing a rich inspiration and backdrop for his artistic works, Nathan Miller says “Somewhere in Jaffa depicts the genuine vibrant spirit of Jaffa and its visually captivating environs and atmosphere.”
“With Jaffa containing such a diverse range of people, all with their own religious beliefs including people practicing Judaism, Christianity and Islam, I hope to illustrate the rhythms of daily life from these unique perspectives.”
By capturing Jaffa’s ambience and cultural diversity, Somewhere in Jaffa challenges pre-conceptions and clichéd assumptions regarding the lives of Arabic and Jewish people living in a peaceful co-existence within Israel.
“My interest in photography lies in the visual storytelling of people and places, and in capturing moments and certain realities that are often not seen by others,” says Miller. “I hope Somewhere in Jaffa can transcend some of these cultural beauties as well as contribute to Australians’ overall understanding of Jaffa’s vivid cultural identity.”
Nathan ‘Natti’ Miller is a Melbourne photographer, originally from Tel Aviv, Israel. His works are exhibited in Australia, USA and France. Miller established his reputation with his documentation of the Mississippi Delta, which was exhibited at the Monash Gallery of Art in 2008 and the Mississippi Blues Museum in 2010, and published as a book, Notes from the Mississippi Delta in 2009. In 2013, Miller participated in a group show of images from district 18 in Paris at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam (ICI) in Paris.
“We are thrilled that Natti Miller will be the first photographer ever to exhibit his work in SOHO Galleries. An exhibition such as Somewhere in Jaffa is truly captivating and will be certain to generate much interest from the artistic world,” said Nigel Messenger, Director SOHO Galleries. “Somewhere in Jaffa perfectly captures unique moments and the relationships between people and places, while considering ethnicity and tradition.”
The Head On Photo Festival is now Australia’s leading photography festival, having grown significantly since launching in 2010 with 70 events, to over 200 in 2014 showcasing the work of over 900 Australian and international photographers each year.
Somewhere in Jaffa
SOHO Galleries, 104 Cathedral Street (Corner Crown Street), Sydney
Exhibition: 9 May – 5 June 2015
Image: Nathan Miller, NM UNTITLED 57, 48.5 x 32.5cm, fine art rag print