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Title

Coogee II 1983-84


Artist

Mark Johnson

Australia, England

06 Jan 1946 -


About

Mark Johnson's practice spans both an informal documentary style and a more formalised aesthetic that arranges individual images within typological series. After graduating in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1970, Johnson later studied in London and became interested in photography. He held his first solo exhibition in 1978 at the Australian Centre for Photography. Johnson focused his camera lens on Sydney's beaches and buildings - from Coogee to Glebe and beyond - to systematically document various locations around the harbour and the city. The 'Sydney Beaches' series includes 17 photographs and the 'Sydney Buildings' series includes 24 photographs. Each beach image features a band of sky, a foreshore building and bathers strewn across white sand. By producing each image in black and white and repeating various compositional elements, Johnson asks the viewer to look beyond the obvious, to discover differences among similarities.


Details


Dates

1983-1984
printed 1985


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

40.7 x 50.7 cm image; 50.6 x 60.6 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c. verso, pencil "...1983-84/ Mark Johnson/...Nov '85/ ...".


Credit

Gift of Terence Maloon 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

85.1989


Artist information

Mark Johnson

Works in the collection

88


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Sandra Byron, City by the Sea, Sydney, 1993, back cover (illus.). cat.no. 61

Jorge Calado, À Prova de Água Waterproof, Lisbon, 1998, [illus.]. plate no. 163