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An image of Acrobats by Max Pam

Max Pam

(Australia 1949 – )

Other titles:
Acrobats, Bombay
printed 1990
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

35.2 x 35.6 cm image; 50.5 x 40.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet, pencil "... 1989 - M Pam" and l.c. verso, pencil "... 1990 ... M Pam".
Purchased 1990
Accession number
© Max Pam
Not on display
Further information

Max Pam has documented the world more widely than most, with an extensive body of travel photographs spanning Europe, Asia and Australia. Pam was born in Melbourne in 1949 but was eager to escape the 'bland homogenous society' of Australian suburbia, heading to London in 1970 and beginning his career as a photographer. Pam declares; 'travel is critical to my creative development. It's part of the visual stimulation of a new environment and way I react to it and the way I can see images clearly.' His iconic black and white images of Asia are unusual in avoiding the exuberance and exotic associated with colour. Landscape is never dominant; it is the people of Asia that Pam primarily photographs, and like his work, these people display a sense of play and boundless diversity that even tight poses cannot contain. In contrast, his European and Australian photographs suggest a greater concern with abstraction and the surreal.

Bibliography (2)

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

Isobel Parker Philip, Look, 'Different journeys, different ways', pg 14-15, Newtown, Oct 2014, 14 (illus.), 15.

Exhibition history (3)

We Are Family, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1994–20 Nov 1994

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

My trip, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Sep 2014–07 Dec 2014