At Broadsheet we’ve always been proud of our photography. We work with some of the best photographers in Australia, both established and emerging, and Broadsheet Editions is our new platform to celebrate their striking photos, and the stories behind them.
These are some of our favourites from the first Editions collection.
Kate's style is so well suited to shooting the Italian landscape and this is such a great example of it. I was in Monterosso just over a year ago and this image captures the town's leisurely-but-chic vibe perfectly. Pick this one up so you'll have something warm to look at during your next Melbourne winter.
– Callum McDermott, directory editor
It’s hard to pin down exactly what’s peculiar about this image. Even without knowing that the slide is meant to be doused in sunshine and semi-submerged by the sea, there’s something unnerving about this Wes Anderson-kitsch set-up abandoned in a barren sandscape. It sits outside of time and space – I'd never guess the photo was taken in Brisbane in 2013. It’s weirdly nostalgic and dystopian, like all the kids got wiped out by the climate emergency. I'm into it.
– Jo Robin, Things to Do editor
Shot, incredibly, in an empty Darwin car park, this is a lemon dream. That colour contrast. Those textures and angles and lines. Stunning stuff.
– Dani Frangos, editor Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
A slice of pizza that’s come into contact with the floor is, by most standards, no longer performing as a slice of pizza should. But I love this shot for so many reasons. It edges on the bizarre. It's a little bit dirty, a little bit wild, and it goes against the usual conventions of shooting food. So much so that one of our editors visibly recoiled when they first saw it (it's worth nothing that Jake Roden has a penchant for photographing food in unexpected places – Burgers on Armchairs: A Photo Essay is in the works for 2020).
Polarised editors aside, this neat composition is the one I want on my wall at home. It's an excellent expression of what Broadsheet and our photographers do so well – we spend time at the spots we cover, we ask questions and try new things – and what Leo's all about, too: a fast-casual pizza-by-the-slice bar that doesn't take itself too seriously. Pizza on the floor has never looked better.
– Ellen Fraser, Melbourne editor
Nikki is a spectacular photographer and has captured the view and ambiance of one of Sydney's best restaurants, Icebergs dining room. There's nowhere else in the world like this place: you can eat amazing Italian food and feel like you're practically in the ocean.
– Sarah Norris, Sydney editor
I’d be happy with any of Mark Roper’s shots on my wall – he’s got a beautiful eye and a real gift for capturing texture and mood. I love this one in particular because of the refined grey-and-white palette, the textures of the marble bar and tiled floor, and the two subjects that exist mostly out of frame. It’s so simple and yet there’s narrative. And there’s something so cool about the contrast between the chef in his classic whites and his interlocutor in denim and sneakers. Cut the image in half and it could be a photo of a waiter in 1940s Italy, and I think that’s what I find so appealing about it. There's this person in jeans and Nikes, which clearly says “this is culture now”. But everything else in the frame feels like it’s of another time.
– Katya Wachtel, editorial director
This photograph changed entirely when I read its title, Winter – and again when I read the description: “sundown”. A photograph’s creator can choose what physical elements to reveal or omit, then its viewer – me – does that all over again. Winter? Sundown? I’d never have thought it. But now I know, I can’t un-feel it. Did Linsey mean to trick me? Or did she also not know what I didn’t?
– Emily Taliangis, audience editor
As a viewer it can be hard to know who's behind the camera. Photographer Pete Dillon has a statuesque silhouette, but he's also warm and gentle, and puts the people he photographs immediately at ease. This subtle image shows Pete's ability to vanish into the background and capture tender, candid moments. The way chef Carl Dahren is looking at his plate is not unlike the way Pete looks at his subjects – with care, joy and respect.
– Nick Buckley, music editor and Melbourne assistant editor
When I began setting up Broadsheet Perth in 2015, one of my first tasks was to establish a core team of photographers who could help us capture the city’s spirit. Very early on, it became apparent that Jess and her friend Rebecca Mansell (also featured on Broadsheet Editions) were special talents. Anticipation encapsulates the two things I love most about Jess’s work. One: a natural approach to colour and contrast that always makes the world look that little bit more appealing. Two: patience and decisiveness. Jess knows how to wait for the right moment and strike in the split second before it’s gone. Her subjects often appear to be moving as if choreographed.
– Nick Connellan, publications editor
Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of Sydney city living and forget how very lucky we are to live in one of the world's most attractive metropolises. This photo by Broadsheet Sydney photographer Nikki To reminds me of three wonderful things about Sydney: its unbeatable beachside lifestyle, iconic attractions like Bondi Icebergs pool, and, with her camera set up on the balcony of Icebergs dining room, our world-class dining scene.
– Che-Marie Trigg, Sydney assistant editor
“How did they do that? What do I like about this image?” These are the two questions I – as an enthusiastic self-taught photographer – ask myself when I see a photograph that resonates with me. As the editor-at-large of Broadsheet's Perth bureau, I’m lucky to work with some great photographers. Rebecca Mansell, one of our gun shooters, is a constant photographic inspiration and this snap demonstrates her sharp eye and sense of composition. Even if diet prevents you from enjoying the glorious loaves from Bread in Common, this is something everyone can get around.
– Max Veenhuyzen, Perth editor-at-large
We shoot a lot of music events at Broadsheet, but not often "from the pit", with the artist doing the splits while mugging for the camera. Instead, we aim for what Michael has done here – capturing a moment or a vibe that a punter who was at the concert could look back on and connect with. He and I both have special memories of RÜFÜS DU SOL's music. I first heard the Sydney band in 2012, over a tiny, tinny phone speaker next to a camp fire at Lightning Ridge. The owner of the phone was Ken Lindqvist, RÜFÜS singer Tyrone Lindqvist's dad. I was doing a story on opal mining, and Ken was kind enough to let me hang out with him underneath the desert, nine hours northwest of Sydney, as he prospected for the precious stone. Tyrone had spent a lot of time growing up in the town, so on the couple of occasions I interviewed him, we'd talk about "the Ridge". The band is great live, and this image takes me back to that campfire, the desert night and Ken's stories. I need to get back to that place.
– Matt Shea, Brisbane editor-at-large
This photo by Pete Tarasiuk, one of Broadsheet’s original photographers, stands out for its combination of composition, colour and narrative. In a single, elegant frame Peter has captured the story of this man, who we see feeding the seagulls on a Venetian canal. That moment, together with the striking colours, make it one of my favourites from the first Broadsheet Editions collection.
– Nick Shelton, publisher