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An image of John Delacour's picture by Christine Godden

Christine Godden

(Australia 1947 – )

John Delacour's picture
Media category
Materials used
type C photograph

28.0 x 37.2 cm image; 38.6 x 50.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. original mount, ink "Christine Godden 1980".
Gift of the artist 1981
Accession number
© Christine Godden
Not on display
Further information

Christine Godden's photographs radiate sensuality. This is particularly evident in her intimate portraits of family and friends and in the rich blurry tones of her colour landscapes. Godden spent much of her youth travelling through Asia and Europe, residing in New York and California and completing a Masters of Fine Arts at the Visual Studies Workshop, State University of New York, Rochester in 1978. She returned to Australia the same year to become the director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, a position she held until 1982. Her photographs of sunsets across Sydney display a knowing disregard for established photographic techniques. Blurry and indistinct prints, achieved by enlarging small negatives, create a grainy vision and a moody sense of place.

Bibliography (4)

Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers

Gael Newton, Re-constructed Vision: Contemporary work with photography, Sydney, 1981. 19

Michael Wardell, My city of Sydney, Sydney, 2000. no catalogue numbers

Author Unknown, (Christine Godden), Sydney, 1980. 27

Exhibition history (6)

(Chritine Godden), Watters Gallery, East Sydney, 01 Jul 1980–01 Aug 1980

Project 38- Re-constructed Vision, Contemporary work with photography (1981), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Jul 1981–23 Aug 1981

My city of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Sep 2000–22 Oct 2000

Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004

Flatlands: photography and everyday space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Sep 2012–03 Feb 2013

Flatlands: photography & everyday space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Sep 2012–03 Feb 2013