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.
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".
Not on display
© Ingeborg Tyssen, 1974. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney 2002
Shown in 6 exhibitions
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