Long Distance Vision:
Three Australian Photographers
28 August – 21 February 2010
Gallery 11, Level 2
*Access via Joseph Brown Collection
This exhibition examines the idea of the ‘tourist gaze’ and its relationship with three contemporary Australian photographers.
Since the mid-nineteenth century, tourism and photography have concurrently developed and expanded. Writer John Urry described the importance of this relationship when he said, “The immensely expanding popularity of photography in the later nineteenth century indicates the importance of new forms of visual perception, and their role in structuring the tourist gaze that was emerging in this period.” Since that time photography has been a means by which people could discover the world through magazines, books, postcards and personal photographs.
From my own notes; here are some of my first impressions:-
Long Distance Vision
All typical modernist images in scale and subject matter, mostly feminine subject matter too, not sure where the tourist aspect comes in though as all the images have that typical Aussie light, perhaps the catalogue would more to offer?
Three prints, obviously printed on different paper much cooler than the rest? Intentional? Doubt it? Beautiful work nonetheless. ‘Krista on the float’ beautiful long tonal scale and despite the almost too easy graphical nature of the composition, just fits so well together. Very early POMO at one level but still somehow charming and elegant holding up well in this age of HUGE digital works a real pleasure to see. ‘Elena’s pillow’ 1974, almost looks silver. A pillow photographed on a shag pile carpet, not much else really. Just looks close to luminous as I’ve ever seen, in a print from some one othe than, LW, or Lobby. Just read the wall ‘blurb’ and I was pretty spot on except, it was all shot in the U.S. over a 6 year period. Almost makes me wanna break out the Metol and start printing! Awesome stuff!
The other 2 are very interesting as well. a real must see for 2009.