Join us as we hear all about Michael Coyne's latest photographic project on documenting village life world-wide. The project, Hearing the Grass Grow, is focused on factors contributing to the mass migration of people from rural areas. Factors such as climate change, globalisation and changing agricultural practices, and the resulting loss of community, culture and language.
Michael Coyne has worked as a documentary photographer throughout an extensive career covering wars, revolutions, natural disasters and other international events in places as diverse as the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Latin America, Indonesia, the Middle East and Africa. His photographs have featured in numerous prestigious publications including Time, Life, the New York Times, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine. Michael's extensive work has been featured in a number of exhibitions around the world, and is held in collections in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hong Kong, London and Rome. In April 2003 Michael was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for service to photography, and in 2007 The Australian Institute of Professional Photography awarded him a Fellowship, the highest award a photographer can receive in Australia. Michael has a PhD in Documentary Photography from Griffith University, and is a Senior Fellow at Photography Studies College.