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Title

Visions of childhood

1980

Artist

Peter Charuk

Australia

1951 -

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Alternate image of Visions of childhood by Peter Charuk
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  • Details

    Date
    1980
    Media categories
    Album , Photograph
    Materials used
    hand-bound album: 6 leaves, 12 photo-etchings (2 images per sheet)
    Edition
    A/P
    Dimensions
    26.0 x 34.5 x 0.5 cm album closed :

    a.1 - Saturday afternoon at the movies, 9 x 9.3 cm, image

    a.2 - Toy figures in front of houses, 9.1 x 9.3 cm, image

    Sheet, 25 x 35 cm, sheet (irreg.)

    b.1 - Flattening pennies on the railway line, 9 x 9.3 cm, image

    b.2 - Water pistol fights at the fete, 9 x 9.3 cm, image

    Sheet, 25 x 35 cm, sheet (irreg.)

    c.1 - Playing war games on the Bridge, 9 x 9.2 cm, image

    c.2 - Lollies from the corner store, 9 x 9.2 cm, image

    Sheet, 25 x 35 cm, sheet (irreg.)

    d.1 - Taking a ferry ride to Manly, 9 x 9.3 cm, image

    d.2 - Making marks on a wall, 9.1 x 9.3 cm, image

    Sheet, 25 x 35 cm, sheet (irreg.)

    e.1 - Tarzan calls on the radioe, 9.1 x 9.4 cm, image

    e.2 - Going to Luna Park, 9.1 x 9.4 cm, image

    Sheet, 25 x 35 cm, sheet (irreg.)

    f.1 - Reading Phantom comics, 9 x 9.3 cm, image

    f.2 - Crashing into the fence, 9.1 x 9.3 cm, image

    Sheet, 25 x 35 cm, sheet (irreg.)

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. [inside back cover of album], pencil "Peter Charuk 1980".

    Credit
    Purchased 1980
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    97.1981.a-f
    Copyright
    © Peter Charuk

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  • About

    In the 1980s Peter Charuk took photographs with a cheap Diana camera, creating deliberately blurred images. The colour bleeds and simple subject matter reflected the artist's desire to remember and capture fleeting images of childhood.

    ‘Visions of childhood’ – a hand-bound album of 12 paired black-and-white photo-etchings and the same images shown as diptychs on the wall – is representative of the period when Charuk was exploring photographic processes. As part of this experimentation he used a toy camera as a way to best encapsulate the events and images of childhood – merging form and content in an appropriate way, so that the photographs appear to have been taken from the viewpoint of a child. Like 'first efforts' – my first camera, my first photograph, the sort of memorabilia that ends up in scrapbooks and albums recording the past – the series has none of the sharp, adult ‘matter-of-fact' fullness one expects of documentary photography. Charuk used phrases to title each image, ‘Tarzan calls on the radio’ and ‘Going to Luna park’, however these lead to further imaginative extrapolations rather than providing any narrative explanation.

    Peter Charuk was born in Sydney and studied photography and printmaking at Sydney College of the Arts. He has lectured extensively since the 1980s and currently works with digital and interactive media. ‘Visions of childhood’ was included in ‘Reconstructed vision: contemporary work with photography’ at the AGNSW in 1981.

    © Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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