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Popular brand of S.E. Asian toothpaste – Borneo

printed 1985


Max Pam


1949 –

  • Details

    Other Title
    Toothpaste, Borneo
    printed 1985
    Media category
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    28.4 x 28.45m image; 33.2 x 30.3 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. verso, pencil “... 1980 M Pam” and l.c. verso, pencil “... Max Pam 1985”.

    Gift of Dr Jann Marshall 1990
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Max Pam

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

Other works by Max Pam

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