Melbourne VIC, Australia
Alana Holmberg (b. 1983) is a Melbourne-based photographer known for emotive portraiture and visual projects encompassing photography, moving-image, sound and text.
She has been shortlisted for photography awards including the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2017) and the Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography (2019). Recently she won the prestigious 2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize in Australia.
Alana’s exhibition highlights include a commission by the Museum of Art and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney and her series ‘Resist Laughter’ being shown at Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, as one of 20 artists selected to be part of Organ Vida International Photography Festival.
Alana holds a BA (Photography) from RMIT University (2014) and an Advanced Diploma in Visual Storytelling from the Danish School of Media and Journalism (2015). She is a tutor at Photography Studies College, Melbourne and a writer at LensCulture. Alana has also photographed across Asia-Pacific for various NGO clients including Unicef, World Bank, Plan International, Care Australia and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Her work has been published in the Guardian and the New York Times (upcoming).
2017 - High Commended Maggie Diaz Photography Prize, 2017 - Finalist - William and Wilfred Bowness Prize, 2017 - Finalist - National Photographic Portrait Prize, 2016 - Pool Grant Recipient, 2014 - LUMIX Festival of Young Photojournalism, 2014 - HeadOn Photo Festival Multimedia Prize, 2014 - ACMP Student Documentary Photographer of the Year, 2019 - National Photographic Portrait Prize, 2019 - World Press 6x6 Global Talent - Asia and Oceania
- Audio capture
- Video capture
- Video editing
The Price of Conflict
In 2016 I was commissioned by World Bank to produce a series of photo essays, portraits and supporting feature articles to complement a series of 360 degree virtual reality films exploring the price of conflict in four East Asia Pacific countries: Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Philippines.
In addition to the photographic and written content, I was a key part of the film crew, providing narrative and interview support for each film. For more information and to see the films, visit www.worldbank.s1t2.com.au
And Holland Has Tulips
There was only one person who had Down Syndrome in the town I grew up. His name was Brian and he lived with his family near my high school. Our paths didn’t cross much but when they did, I never knew what to say or how to act around him. Fear of saying the wrong thing usually prevented me from saying anything at all.
I had few opportunities to spend time with people like Brian in my twenties. My discomfort remained intact and unchallenged; a lump in my throat I had done nothing to budge. In that sense, shame was where this work began.
I mentioned the idea to my Aunt and she suggested I call her cousin Lois to discuss the possibility of a project with her daughter, Alyssa. And so it began.
And Holland Has Tulips is multimedia journal, a collection of thoughts and events gathered about my cousin Alyssa, our relationship and what it taught me.
Photographed from April - October 2014 in Melbourne’s western suburbs.