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Mervyn Bishop

Mervyn Bishop Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hands of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory 1975, printed 1999, type R3 photograph. Art Gallery of New South Wales Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1991 © Mervyn Bishop/ Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

A celebration of the career of photographer Mervyn Bishop.

This exhibition explores the prolific and longstanding career of a photographer whose images of culture, politics and people have contributed greatly to an understanding of Australia’s history.

It comprises works from the Gallery’s collection and a slideshow selected from the artist’s personal photographic archive of over 8000 images, the majority of which have never been shown publicly. The photographs reveal defining moments in Australia’s political and social history, personal images of family and friends, and intimate portraits of members of the Aboriginal community. Covering the past 60 years, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Bishop’s life and work.

16 November 2018 – 24 February 2019Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
3 May 2019 – 22 June 2019Bank Art Museum Moree
1 February 2020 – 12 April 2020Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
24 April 2020 – 23 August 2020National Film and Sound Archive of Australia