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Max Pam

(Australia 1949 – )

Ladakh, from the portfolio Hindustan Autobiographies
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph and text
A/P (portfolio)

a - photograph; 18 x 18 cm; image

a - photograph; 30.3 x 20.2 cm; sheet

b - text; 37.4 x 28.4 cm; sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "M Pam". Not dated.
Purchased 1985
Accession number
Unable to display image due to copyright restrictions
Not on display
Further information

Max Pam has documented the world more widely than most, with an extensive body of travel photographs spanning Europe, Asia and Australia. Pam was born in Melbourne in 1949 but was eager to escape the 'bland homogenous society' of Australian suburbia, heading to London in 1970 and beginning his career as a photographer. Pam declares; 'travel is critical to my creative development. It's part of the visual stimulation of a new environment and way I react to it and the way I can see images clearly.' His iconic black and white images of Asia are unusual in avoiding the exuberance and exotic associated with colour. Landscape is never dominant; it is the people of Asia that Pam primarily photographs, and like his work, these people display a sense of play and boundless diversity that even tight poses cannot contain. In contrast, his European and Australian photographs suggest a greater concern with abstraction and the surreal.

Bibliography (1)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. 172

Exhibition history (2)

Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 1986–23 Nov 1986

We Are Family, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1994–20 Nov 1994