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Photography & place
Australian landscape photography 1970s until now

Rosemary Laing after Heysen 2005, type C photograph, 110 × 252cm, The Australian Club, Melbourne. Image courtesy the artist & Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne © Rosemary Laing

Works by 18 leading Australian artists — spanning more than three decades — present diverse and changing depictions of individual journeys through the national landscape.

Bringing together over 90 works, the artists in this exhibition explore concepts of place and the role of the photographer as storyteller. The evolution of ‘landscape’
photography is demonstrated, from location specific works in the 1970s, to recent works that draw on the frictions between nature, culture and history. The exhibition also traces innovative developments in photographic techniques, including montage, Instamatic and Polaroid works of the 1970s, series from the 1980s and contemporary work focusing on the detail and the intimacies of the local.

The works have been drawn from the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery among others.

Artists include: Simone Douglas, Peter Elliston, Anne Ferran, Simryn Gill, Bill Henson, Douglas Holleley, Rosemary Laing, Marion Marrison, Ricky Maynard, Ian North, Paul Ogier, Debra Phillips, Jon Rhodes, Michael Riley, Lynn Silverman, Wesley Stacey, David Stephenson and Ingeborg Tyssen.