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Title

Acrobats

1989
printed 1990


Artist

Max Pam

Australia

1949 -


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Acrobats, Bombay


Dates

1989
printed 1990


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

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".


Credit

Purchased 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

1330.1990


Artist information

Max Pam

Works in the collection

63


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

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