Photo Finish, Thursday, June 14
Andrew Gunsberg and Anne Loxley head up the ABC's Photo Finish.
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THIS local "Photography Idol" series is proof that the reality-competition genre will never die, it will just keep turning everyday jobs into frenetic contests judged by permanently exasperated industry insiders despairing about the pathetic attempts of amateurs to achieve in 30 minutes what takes years of training and experience, while delivering to camera a running commentary on their fluctuating emotions. Hosted by Australian Idol frontman Andrew Gunsberg this is paint-by-numbers ''art''-reality, where the gentle, and often solo pursuit of perfection is presented as an Olympic sport. However, some insight into the craft emerges from the show, courtesy of curt advice from the likes of Gary Heery, who shot the cover of Madonna's debut album. Tackling ''portraiture'', the first round of wannabe snappers includes a mother of two bumbling around a good-natured Vince Colosimo; a self-assured actor whose subject, Dick Smith, takes control of the camera; and a student who manages to capture every angle of burlesque bombshell Christa Hughes except her face.