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Wesley Stacey

(Australia 1941 – )

Shadows running into the blue forest
Media category
Materials used
type C photograph

36.7 x 55.0 cm sight

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet, brown ink "Wesley Stacey '81".
Lady (Warwick) Fairfax Acquisition Fund 1984
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Through changes in subject matter, the photography of Wesley Stacey maintains his determined interest in the immediacy of vision and new ways of observing and recording the landscape. Stacey worked originally as a graphic designer and photographer for both the ABC and the BBC, before commencing freelance photography in 1969. Since then he has also been extensively involved in illustrating architectural books. Stacey's work from the 1970s embraces the sometimes blurred vision of the snapshot, including diverse sequences of photographs taken with an Instamatic camera that were often commercially processed. In later photographs of the bush, Stacey avoids the temptation to over-romanticise the landscape. Instead, his images record the environment, tall twisted trees, rocks, barren earth and the effects wrought by conditions such as fire. Rich textures and bright colours dominate the foregrounds, flattening some of the images like abstract canvases.

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (3)

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

Contemporary Colour Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 1991–22 Sep 1991

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