Award-winning Sydney photographer Steve Christo has been Macleay College’s regular Sydney guest photojournalism lecturer this year. Over the past two weeks Steve has displayed his work to journalism students and talked about the art of creating great photographs.
Steve is a freelance photographer who worked with with The Sydney Morning Herald for nearly 25 years. He worked in news, sports and features, but made his name by reshaping the way sporting events are presented to readers and viewers. His images, from “Lay-down Sally” Robbins chucking in the towel at the Athens Olympics to Nelson Mandela at the Opera House, have been seen around the world.
While at Macleay, Steve discussed the importance of planning, of researching the event being covered and anticipating key moments, of reading light and how it changes, and of striking a rapport – where possible – with one’s subject. Of special value, as students prepare for their assessments, was guidance on creating photo essays, of introducing, developing and wrapping up stories conveyed through images, both on the page and on the web.
Steve now freelances around the world. He has covered three Olympics – Sydney, Athens and Beijing - two Commonwealth Games, the Football World Cup in South Africa and many other events in Australia and abroad. He was 2009 Panpa Photographer of the Year, has won the IOC Gold Lens for black-and-white photography (one of his passions), and has been recognised for his artistry in the Sony International Photography and World Press Photo awards.
Tony Kleu, Photojournalism tutor