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An image of Waterbaby (underwater scene without baby) by Robyn Stacey

Robyn Stacey

(Australia 1952 – )

Waterbaby (underwater scene without baby)
Media category
Materials used
Polaroid photograph

60.8 x 50.0 cm sight; 81.6 x 68.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Polaroid Australia Pty Ltd 1988
Accession number
© Robyn Stacey. Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery
Not on display
Further information

'The size and relative immobility of the large Polaroid camera combined with its ability to render details means it is well suited to working with life sized studio sets. My concern was to make "backdrops" that reflected the fantasy character and personality of the person photographed and in fact provide them with an environment in which to act.' Robyn Stacey 1986

The 'Waterbaby' images, despite their size and the physical disparities between small and large format Polaroid cameras, play off the idea of the medium with their bright hues and instant sense of fun. The colours and kitsch souvenir objects allude to pop culture, happy family snaps and beach holidays.

Bibliography (2)

Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers

Martyn Jolly, In Full View, Sydney, 1986, 35.

Exhibition history (3)

In Full View, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jul 1986–30 Aug 1986

Fine and mostly sunny: photographs from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Sep 1991–01 Dec 1991

Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006