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
17.4 x 17.1 cm image; 38.1 x 30.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. verso, pencil "I Tyssen". Dated l.l. verso, pencil "...1979...1980".
Not on display
© Ingeborg Tyssen, 1979. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Sydney Focus, Melbourne Shift, The Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, South Bank, 24 Mar 1981–16 Apr 1981
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
Referenced in 4 publications
Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers
Isobel Johnston, Ingeborg Tyssen - Twenty years on photography, Sydney, 1995, 7 (illus.). cat.no. 29
Gael Newtown, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Photography - Australian, European and American', pg. 67-84, Sydney, 1981, 83 (illus.). cat.no. 45
Author Unknown, Sydney Focus, Melbourne Shift, 1981. cat.no. 66