Jamie Holcombe is a Senior Lecturer in Photography & Digital Imaging at CSU, and the Photography Discipline Leader. He has a PhD in Fine Art Photography and has extensive experience as a university academic, having worked at several universities. He also has a degree in Visual Arts (Photography Major) from Sydney College of the Arts (Sydney University), and completed postgraduate studies in Art/Photography at the University of Newcastle. He has presented academic papers nationally and internationally, which have been published in significant peer-reviewed journals, such as the International Journal of the Image.
Jamie is an established regional artist, and has an extensive track record of successful solo and group exhibitions, both as an exhibitor and a curator. He has been a finalist in numerous national awards, most recently including the MAMA National Photography Prize, The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Awards, and his work is held in numerous public and private collections.
After a post at the Centre for Electronic Art at the University of Middlesex in London, Jamie returned to Australia as co-founder of the then Multimedia & Photo-Imaging discipline at Charles Sturt University. Jamie subsequently developed and implemented the Photography degree program introduced on the CSU Wagga Wagga campus in 2006, and he continues to head the Photography program. He teaches and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate research students in photography / photomedia.
Jamie's practice-led PhD investigated the concept of melancholy in the photograph, and included major solo exhibitions exploring this concept through urban landscapes across regional Australia. These large-scale photographs investigated the nexus between our impact on our environment and the subsequent sadness elicited from visual depictions of that impact. It focused on the premise that photographs can have an inherent melancholic quality, driven by the contextual relationship between the representation, and subsequent interpretation of an image's content. Images from the final major exhibition in this project, which was titled Civic Malaise, can be viewed here: www.civicmalaise.net.
This project also resulted in an inter-regional collaboration titled Civic Melancholy, Brackish Songs with notable contemporary composer and musicologist Chris Sainsbury, which received a major exhibition/performance grant from the NSW Arts Central Regional Creative Industries Program. This work challenged the provincial rhetoric often applied to regional Australia. Jamie's creative research also includes song writing and music production, specifically for the analogue vinyl format. Regardless of the medium, his creative expression has always favoured content and aesthetics over superficiality and embellishment. He states, "the context of the work matters to me - it must permit critical contemplation, allowing an active interaction, stimulating our minds to reflect and ponder on what we have seen".