The work of Ingeborg Tyssen is distinguished by its particular intensity: the dark tonality of her images emphasising their dreamy surreality. Tyssen was born in The Netherlands and emigrated to Australia in 1957 with her family. Her interest in photography emerged during travels in the early 1970s, and on her return to Sydney she took a class with John Williams. She was inspired by his teaching and passion for history, and began exhibiting her work in 1975. Usually composed in series, Tyssen's work explored themes of isolation and dislocation, both in present society and through cultural history and landmarks, such as theme parks. The landscapes are still and empty, while the people appear separated from each other, either trapped in the shadows or caught in the light.
People Series 1
gelatin silver photograph
18.6 x 27.7 cm image; 30.2 x 38.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. verso, pencil "I. Tyssen". Not dated.
Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1989
© Ingeborg Tyssen, 1977. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 3 publications
Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers
Sandra Byron and Isobel Crombie, Twenty contemporary Australian photographers - from the Hallmark Cards Australian Photographic Collection, Melbourne, 1990, 48 (illus.).
Isobel Johnston, Ingeborg Tyssen - Twenty years on photography, Sydney, 1995. cat.no. 15