'This work ought not need me as the artist to make pronouncements about its meaning. For one thing there is in it very little of a personal vision or private sensibility. In their size and scale, their period connotations, their employment of classical conventions, the photographs are … reminiscent of monumental sculpture which is, out of all art forms, the most public … It could be said of these photographs that the language they "speak" is so much a part of our culture that the audience already knows how to interpret them, even if it doesn't "know" that it knows.' Anne Ferran 1987
gelatin silver photograph
148.5 x 109.5 cm sight; 154.0 x 115.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1987
Not on display
© Anne Ferran
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Scenes on the Death of Nature, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1986–1986
Scenes on the Death of Nature: Photographic installation by Anne Ferran, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, South Bank, 19 Mar 1987–19 Apr 1987
Works from the Photography Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 1989–15 May 1989
Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Mar 1993–09 May 1993
Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006
Referenced in 7 publications
Judy Annear, Look, 'Points of view: changing attitudes and approaches in Australian photography 1985-95', pg.17-19, Sydney, Nov 2005, 19.
Claire Armstrong, Art and Australia (Vol. 39, No. 3), 'Anne Ferran: seeing through appearances', pg. 436-443, Sydney, Mar 2002-May 2002, 436-438.
Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, AGNSW Collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 262, 263 (illus.).
Sandra Byron, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Photography', pg. 125-135, Sydney, 1988, 131 (illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers
Sandra Byron and Isobel Crombie, Twenty contemporary Australian photographers - from the Hallmark Cards Australian Photographic Collection, Melbourne, 1990, 39, 31 (illus.).