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Max Pam

(Australia 1949 – )

Title
Luna Park, Sydney
Year
1978
printed 1988
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions

28.3 x 28.5 cm image; 37.0 x 30.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r. verso, pencil "...78/...88...M. Pam".
Credit
Gift of the artist 1988
Accession number
93.1988
Copyright
Unable to display image due to copyright restrictions
Location
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)

Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Metropolis', pg. 13-70, Glebe, 2000, 67, 68 (illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Souvenirs of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Mar 1992–10 May 1992

Metropolis, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 18 Dec 1999–02 Apr 2000