Celebrating 20 Years at Westmead


About the photographer: Tamara Voninski


Tamara Voninski is a photographer and filmmaker based in Sydney. Her photographic essays have won international awards and residencies including the International Pictures of the Year Awards, Art Gallery of NSW residency at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and the inaugural Alexia Foundation Photography for World Peace grant.

Voninski is a founding member of the Oculi collective (2000-present), a visual movement to reveal the beauty, wonder and struggle within everyday life; to show the extraordinary in the ordinary in the Australia and Oceania region. The Paris based Agence VU represents her work throughout Europe.
She is currently a practice-based PhD candidate at The University of Sydney/ Sydney College of the Arts.

Creative Statement

As a parent of a young child, I have spent many hours in Children’s Emergency rooms waiting anxiously as nurses and doctors worked their medical magic in the examination and recovery of children.

As a photographer, I approached photographing in the Emergency Room from my own parental insights of the fear that parents and carers experience taking a child to the emergency room.

The Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead was brilliant at putting anxious parents at ease while caring for the children. I was in the ER with a camera on two occasions trying to be a fly on the wall to observe and capture the emotion and activity.