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An image of Taronga Zoo, Sydney by Ingeborg Tyssen

Ingeborg Tyssen

(Netherlands, Australia 1945 – 09 Oct 2002)

Taronga Zoo, Sydney
printed 1980
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

14.7 x 22.0 cm image; 28.6 x 37.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. verso, pencil "I Tyssen". Dated l.l. verso, pencil "...1974...1980".
Purchased 1981
Accession number
© Ingeborg Tyssen, 1974. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney 2002
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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

Isobel Johnston, Ingeborg Tyssen - Twenty years on photography, Sydney, 1995, 4 (illus.). 1

Exhibition history (6)

Ten years on, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jan 1986–Jan 1986

Works from the Photography Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 1989–15 May 1989

Souvenirs of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Mar 1992–10 May 1992

Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994

Ingeborg Tyssen - Twenty Years of Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Mar 1995–09 Apr 1995

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