2007 PIEA-IPT-AIMBI Biographies (M-Z)

Professor David Malin
Anglo-Australian Observatory and RMIT University

For 26 years David Malin was a photographic scientist and astronomer with the Anglo-Australian Observatory. For almost 20 years before that he used optical and electron microscopes and X-rays to explore the universe on a smaller scale. He has been involved in scientific imaging and the science of photography since 1960 and is now Adjunct Professor of Scientific Photography at RMIT.

David is a well-known populariser of science, and lectures widely on astronomical and photographic topics. He has written a large number of popular articles and scientific papers and is author and co-author of eight books, the most recent being “Heaven and Earth”, Phaidon, 2002, where he was science advisor.

His pictures have been made into a series of exhibitions that have toured Australia, the UK, USA, Europe, Japan, China and India and has worked with Australian composers Martin Wesley-Smith (1988) and Ross Edwards (2002) on audio-visual productions which combine astronomical images with modern music. He is currently editing the scientific photography section of a new edition of Elsevier’s “Focal Encyclopedia of Photography”.

Ms. Martina Mrongovius
RMIT University

Martina Mrongovius is currently undertaking a masters by project with The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at RMIT University. She also has an honours degree in Applied Physics from RMIT and sporadically teaches classes in physics (particularly optics and holography). Martina has worked with holography laboratories around the world including the Center for the Holographic Arts in New York, where she recently had the solo show ‘into the holographic landscape’. Martina is one of a very small group of young artists in the world who practice holography.

Mr. Phred Petersen
RMIT University

Phred is a Senior Lecturer in the Scientific Photography Program at RMIT University. Following a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (1976), he received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Scientific Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1985. A Master's of Education (Teaching) from RMIT was awarded in 2003.

He worked as the supervisor of medical photography at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1987-1998, and as a freelance commercial photographer during the same period. He began teaching full time at RMIT in 1998. His current photographic interests include high-speed and flow visualization methods.

Ms. Kylie Robertson
Executive Director, Creative
Ish Media
+61 3 9654 4051

Kylie Robertson has over 8 years experience in the development of cross platform content and has recently formed a new business venture called Ish Media which specialises in cross media content development, incubation and distribution.

As Creative Director of Ish Media, Kylie is currently in stage two development of the mobile interactive series Girl Friday funded by the AFC, Film Victoria and Digital Pictures. Kylie has also piloted an original concept, Jupiter Green, an interactive drama series in conjunction with the AFC and Sensis and has recently received funding for the development of an advanced pitch document for a pilot interactive series called Rock Chickz, and an interactive comedy called Three Day Growth.

Kylie, originally trained as a scientific photographer, progressed to international recognition as an interactive filmmaker after graduating from VCA’s School of Film and TV, Multimedia with her film 'Silent Passages'. The film won a spot at MILIA 2000 Cannes and festival screenings around the world and is now part of the permanent collection in the Memory Grid at ACMI.

Until December 2005, Kylie worked within the design team at Digital Pictures Interactive as a senior interactive designer and studio manager where her work spanned both broadcast and interactive platforms. From 2002 – 2005 Kylie lectured in visual effects and screen design at VCA and currently teaches Imaging Theory to games design and development students at RMIT, Creative Media.

Mr. John Rule
National Sales & Marketing Manager
Hagemeyer Photographics

John is currently National Sales & Marketing Manager at Hagemeyer Australia specialising in Polaroid products. He is also a member of the Standards Australia / ISO - BIOMETRICs SC 37 / WG3 committee and current industry liaison & advisor to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In addition, John also has a commercial pilots licence (CAA / RAAF) and is a Qualified Flying Instructor (CAA / RAAF).

Mr. Christopher Sprod
Senior Medical Photographer
Digital Media –Centre for Education and Training
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
CYWHS Adelaide
(08) 8161 7140

Chris has an Advanced Diploma of Photography (Commercial) 1979, TAFE SA.

He has an Associate membership of the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration 1998. He has been a Medical Photographer at the WCH since 1980 and was appointed Senior Photographer 1998.

Mr. David Tatnall

David Tatnall’s career as a fine artist began in 1975. Since that time he has maintained an interest in a traditional approach to photography, using large and medium-format cameras. He has refined his darkroom technique over 30 years of practice and is known for the high quality of his hand-produced prints. This attention to the calibre of the physical print is part of Tatnall’s art.

He is known for his ability to represent the natural landscape, and through his environmental work he has photographed landscapes in Australia, Nepal, India, Bolivia, Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam and Antarctica. His work is held in the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the City of Melbourne, a number of regional galleries and in private collections, as well as in the collection of the Monash Gallery of Art.

He is Artist In Residence at two State Government remote Rural Learning Campuses at Dinner Plain and Cape Conran.

The City of Melbourne has awarded him with a grant to produce a body of work Melbourne: Pinhole a series of photographs made on an 8 x 10 pinhole camera.

Associate Professor Nicholas Vardaxis
School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University

Professor Vardaxis has more than 20 years experience of teaching in a tertiary setting. He has taught to medical, dental, science, chiropractic and osteopathy and nursing students. He has coordinated several pathology, immunology and microbiology components for the above student groups.

He has a PhD, University of Melbourne, 1988 and BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1982.

Nick has been involved in numerous research projects during the past 15 years, collaborating closely with other researchers in several other institutions, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, La Trobe University, Fairfield Hospital (MacFarlane Burnet Centre for Medical Research), European Skin Bank, Dutch Burns Foundation and the Heidelberg University Hospital in Bietigheim (Germany).

He has over 30 publications in referred Journals and also sole author of two undergraduate student texts.

Professor Robin Williams
RMIT University

Professor Williams has over thirty years of experience as a practitioner, teacher, researcher and consultant in the field of imaging and communications. Robin worked briefly as a scientific photographer then moved rapidly up the career ladder of medical photography to become Head of the largest Medical Illustration unit in Europe.

He is currently the Director of External Relations and International Education at RMIT University. Prof Williams holds PhD and Masters degrees in Medicine and undergraduate qualifications in scientific and medical photography. He is currently a Fellow of five Learned Societies including the Royal Society of Medicine. As a photographic practitioner he has been the leading exponent of standardization, measurement by photography and photography with invisible radiation.

His distinguished contributions to imaging & communications have been recognised by, amongst others, The Williamson Research Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, The Lancet Award, The BMJ Award, The Medical Education Award, the Presidential Award of the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Norman Harrison Medal of the Institute of Medical Illustration and the Louis Schmidt Medal of the Biological Communications Association. Robin is unique in having twice been awarded The Combined Royal Colleges Medal - given by all the Royal Medical Colleges for an outstanding contribution of imaging in the service of medicine.

Ms Ellie Young
Gold Street Studios 
Trentham East, Victoria

After achieving Bachelor of Business (Monash University) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Scientific Photography (RMIT University), Ellie Young continues to research and explore the salt printing process though an Applied Science photography Masters research program at RMIT University.

Gold Street Studios, Trentham East, Victoria, Australia is where Ellie's studio provides a resource centre for photographic image makers, attracting local and international participants to experience and learn the art, craft and science of traditional, alternative and historic photographic processes from professional instructors.

Mr. Rei Zunde
RMIT University

Reimund Zunde at present is a working photographer specialising in editorial, photo-documentary and photojournalism.
He also runs a graphic design business utilising photography, painting and illustration. He is also a sessional lecturer
at RMIT University.

He has worked in arts education and as a media liaison officer for ABC radio and television, as a magazine art director, a photo-editor, a book designer, and has written or co-authored books on the arts.
He has presented lectures on photography, media or the arts at most tertiary institutions in Victoria.