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An image of The Lone Ranger by Philip Quirk

Philip Quirk

(Australia 1948 – )

The Lone Ranger
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

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".
Gift of the artist 1981
Accession number
© Philip Quirk/Wildlight
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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

Ursula Prunster, Seeing is believing: the art in photography, Sydney, 1985, (illus.). 39

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

Exhibition history (4)

Contemporary Photography from the Collection (1984), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jun 1984–12 Aug 1984

Seeing is believing - the art in photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1985–19 Jan 1986

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

Onsight: People and Places, Exhibition Venue Unknown, Unknown–Unknown