These photographs are representative of Douglas Holleley’s final student works at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. During this time Holleley’s technical interest was to introduce colour into black-and-white photographs. He also sought to transpose his own lived experience into a documentation of the metaphysical. The strong use of contrast in the images creates a visual paradox. They oscillate between a visualisation of the process of reproduction and an ominous sense of ‘mortal danger’. The viewer must make the decision to see the ‘basic building blocks’ of life or ‘truncated body parts … with a fragile grip on life’.
gelatin silver photograph, selectively toned
21.4 x 31.9 cm image; 27.5 x 35.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
© Douglas Holleley
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Project 38- Re-constructed Vision, Contemporary work with photography (1981), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Jul 1981–23 Aug 1981
Contemporary Photography from the Collection (1984), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jun 1984–12 Aug 1984
Body Parts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 2015–31 Jan 2016
Referenced in 1 publication
Gael Newton, Re-constructed Vision: Contemporary work with photography, Sydney, 1981. cat.no. 26