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Joshua Holko joins AIPP National Board

Melbourne-based landscape photographer, Joshua Holko, has joined the AIPP National Board as a co-opted director.

Joshua Holko. Photo: Louisa Michellin.

Joshua is well-known for his stunning pictures captured in some of the coldest climates. As an experienced polar and sub-polar photographer, Joshua hosts specialist photography expeditions to remote corners of the world.

Joshua has produced a body of work that has won him numerous awards including the 2014 AIPP Victorian Professional Professional Photographer of the Year award. He was the subject of an award-winning six-minute video, Ghosts of the Arctic, directed by Abraham Joffe, which follows him through the brutal depths of winter in Svalbard, Norway to photograph polar bears.

‘I have been a member of the AIPP (Master of Photography with two gold bars and four silver service bars) for almost a decade now and am both thrilled and honoured to have been asked to join the board of Directors,’ Joshua wrote on his blog. ‘These are challenging times for the institute I am looking forward to working with the board to secure the future of the AIPP going forward’.

Joshua is the eighth AIPP National Board director, joining president Louise Bagger, vice president Bruce Pottinger, board convener Geoff Comfort, treasurer Ben Kopilow, David Simmonds, Felisha Mina, and Les Morrison.

‘Joshua Holko… brings more than a decade of experience as a director of one of Australia’s most successful photographic travel companies,’ Louise said in an AIPP video for members. ‘Along with his prior corporate experience as a sales marketing director. This makes him the ideal person to help steer the AIPP into the future.’

An interesting fact about Joshua’s approach to photography is he’s beholden to a strict ethical framework. He’s what some may label a ‘landscape purist’. ‘Post processing is utilised to faithfully reproduce the natural colours and light captured in the field,’ he states on his website. ‘Never to create something that wasn’t there.’

This means his single-image captures don’t use HDR, or various multi-image compositing techniques such as focus stacking. By learning to shoot with 35mm transparencies, it was critical for Joshua to nail the exposures in camera, and he strives to continue doing this with digital photography.

Check out Joshua’s website here.

Ghosts of the Arctic from Joshua Holko on Vimeo.

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