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Cafe Society Photographic Awards 2008

The judging of the 9th Annual Sanpellegrino Café Society Exhibition took place in Persimmon restaurant at the National Gallery of Victoria recently. The idea behind the project is for cafes from around Melbourne to work with final year RMIT photography students to, this year, come up with an image that conjures “the art of living in a café society” such as ours. During the celebrations an Italian Pizza bar was set up to accompany cocktails made with the host’s famous beverage and followed by tiny desserts…anyone else for Aranciata granita?

Judges Isobel Crombie, senior photography curator at the NGV, photographer Earl Carter and Sanpellegrino’s pacific director Brett Gibbs deliberated. The winner was Melanie Tanusetiawan who worked with Federal Coffee Palace as her inspiration. Melanie created a dreamy composite image of alfresco diners, a chalk drawing of an Acqua Panna water bottle on pavement and the GPO’s classic architecture.

My favourite piece was by Dan Tuckmantel who won the creativity awards. His portrait of Moka GiGi was inspired by MC Escher surrealism and that’s certainly what jumped at me upon first viewing of the image.

The works are on exhibition now until 29th of November at Mirka at Torlano gallery in St Kilda.

Words – Sarah Willcocks

Photography – Ken Nakanishi

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