Fay Anderson is currently working with Sally Young, Kate Darian-Smith and Michael Gawenda at the University of Melbourne, the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation on a project examining the history of Australian newspaper photography. Their co-authored book Chasing the Picture: The History of Australian Press Photography will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2016
Getting to know…
Title: Associate Professor
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
How long have you worked at Monash?
I began working in the Journalism program as a media historian in 2012.
Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
Before my appointment at Monash, I worked at the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne for over ten years.
What do you like best about your role?
Teaching curious and enthusiastic students, the opportunity to research and write on topics that intrigue me and my wonderful colleagues.
Why did you choose your current career path?
I never planned to be an academic. After completing Honours I worked very briefly as a journalist and lived in Paris and Jerusalem for several years. I returned home to Melbourne and embarked on my PhD in History while working in the heritage industry. I have always loved history, teaching, interviewing and writing so I have been extremely fortunate to have found my ideal vocation.
My first paid job was when I was eighteen working in a public bar in a suburban hotel with a fairly dodgy reputation. It was the era when barstaff were expected to stop fights and there seemed to be a lot of scuffles particulalry when the locals were released from Pentridge Jail.
Curiously not the job I previously mentioned. Probably running children’s parties with a friend who had to dress up as a giant rabbit.
What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve?
I’m fortunate to be working on two projects. The first is the history of Australian newspaper photography with Sally Young, Kate Darian-Smith and Michael Gawenda at the University of Melbourne and with our partners, the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation. Our co-authored book Chasing the Picture: The History of Australian Press Photography will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2016. One of the most important initiatives is interviewing sixty press photographers and it’s been such a privilege to conduct these interviews with this amazing group of people.
The project’s website can be found here: http://ppia.esrc.info/website/index.html
The second project is on the Holocaust and Australian Journalism. It will result in a book, an online exhibition and a radio documentary.
What is your favourite place in the world and why?
Possibly a place I’ve yet to visit but if I have to choose then – Morocco, France, Italy and Canada. I’ve hiked in all these countries and it’s the best way to avoid tourist buses and discover the locals, cultural diversity, great food and sheer beauty.
What is your favourite place to eat and why?
There are so many places to choose from in Melbourne but a couple would include the Panama Dining Room for its ambience, St Crispen and Coda for excellent food, Alimentari and Three Bags Full for their brunch, Trinitas for local Thai and a host of others.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
I have two: ‘take a risk’ and ‘comparison is the thief of joy’.
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