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Title

The Big, West Australia

1990

Artist

Max Pam

Australia

1949 –

  • Details

    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    35.2 x 35.5 cm image; 50.5 x 40.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. sheet, pencil "... 1990 - M Pam" and l.l. verso, pencil "... 1990 ... M. Pam".

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Jann Marshall 1990
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    1347.1990
    Copyright
    © Max Pam

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    Artist information
    Max Pam

    Works in the collection

    63

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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.

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