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Title

The Lone Ranger


Artist

Philip Quirk

Australia

1948 -


About

Ballroom dancing, beaches, paddocks and the circus - Philip Quirk is attracted to an array of social performances and places. He studied photography at Prahran College of Advanced Education and later lecturered in Photography at Deakin University, Geelong and Sydney College of the Arts, among other tertiary institutions. After visiting the famous photo agency Magnum in 1980, Quirk became a founding member of Wildlight Photo Agency in Sydney. His photographs of people are often amusing. In 'The Lone Ranger' an elderly gentleman with a set jaw appears holding a beer mug and kangaroo figurine - two clichéd emblems of Australia. Despite this seemingly staged photograph, much of Quirk's oeuvre is marked by informality and his ability to combine incongruous elements or capture the beauty in unusual moments, such as a white goat with neck extended, counterbalanced against a brooding landscape of contrasting tones and textures.


Details


Date

1973


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

15.4 x 23.2 cm image; 30.0 x 40.6 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. sheet, ink "Philip Quirk". Dated l.l. sheet, ink "1973".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

33.1981


Artist information

Philip Quirk

Works in the collection

20


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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

Ursula Prunster, Seeing is believing: the art in photography, Sydney, 1985, (illus.). cat.no. 39

Author Unknown, Onsight No.5 - People and Places, Sydney, 1982, 7 (illus.). cat.no. 5