Exhibition talks: Mervyn Bishop
Discover more about one of Australia’s most significant photographers
Join us in the exhibition Mervyn Bishop for this series of talks reflecting on an extraordinary career of headline-making images from an artist with a passion for the ‘magic’ of photography.
Image: Mervyn Bishop Far West Children’s health clinic, Manly 1968 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Mervyn Bishop
Coby Edgar and Shari Lett
To create this retrospective of Mervyn Bishop’s work, the Gallery’s assistant curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Coby Edgar, and archivist of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Shari Lett, delved into the Gallery’s rich archives and extensive collection of photographs. Join them as they reflect on their discoveries and the extraordinary impact of Bishop’s images.
Wednesday 5 July 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
In 2005-06 William Yang worked with fellow photographer Mervyn Bishop to create Flash Blak, a performance biography of Bishop’s life and work. Together they travelled to many places from Bishop’s past, including Brewarrina, Coonamble and Dubbo, to present this unique work. In his talk, William Yang reflects on how this journey gave him greater understanding not only of Bishop’s work, but also of contemporary Aboriginal culture.
Wednesday 12 July 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
Peter Yanada McKenzie
Contemporary photographer Peter Yanada McKenzie exposes a unique side of the Sydney community with his personal and moving images. Throughout his career, McKenzie, an Eora/Anaiwan man, has documented local characters, landscape, events and activities. Peter McKenzie, like Mervyn Bishop and other Aboriginal documentary photographers, represents a groundbreaking new wave of self-representation, bringing an insider’s understanding of Aboriginal life. In this talk, McKenzie reflects on trailblazer Mervyn Bishop in this solo exhibition.
Wednesday 9 August 2017 5:30pm – 6pm