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An image of Papier mâché Mercedes – Bangkok by Max Pam

Max Pam

(Australia 1949 – )

Title
Papier mâché Mercedes – Bangkok
Year
1976
printed 1988
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions

28.4 x 28.5 cm image; 37.0 x 30.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. verso, pencil "...76/...88...M. Pam".
Credit
Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1988
Accession number
92.1988
Copyright
© Max Pam
Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
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 (2)

Sandra Byron and Isobel Crombie, Twenty contemporary Australian photographers - from the Hallmark Cards Australian Photographic Collection, Melbourne, 1990, 46 (illus.).

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 82, 83 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Works from the Photography Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 1989–15 May 1989

Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Mar 1993–09 May 1993

My trip, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Sep 2014–07 Dec 2014