EXHIBITION // Richard Avedon People National Portrait Gallery of Australia

Saturday 6 Dec 2014 to Sunday 15 Mar 2015

American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. Richard Avedon People explores his iconic portrait making practice, which was distinctive for its honesty, candour and frankness.

image Charmaine Miller

image Charmaine Miller

One of the world’s great photographers, Avedon is best known for transforming fashion photography from the late 1940s onwards. The full breadth of Avedon’s renowned work is revealed in this stunning exhibition of 80 black and white photographs dating from 1949 to 2002. Avedon’s instantly recognisable iconic portraits of artists, celebrities, and countercultural leaders feature alongside his less familiar portraiture works that capture ordinary New Yorkers going about their daily lives, and the people of America’s West. With uncompromising rawness and tenderness, Avedon’s photographs capture the character of individuals extraordinary in their uniqueness and united in their shared experience of humanity. 

Richard Avedon People pays close attention to the dynamic relationship between the photographer and his sitters and focuses on Avedon’s portraits across social strata, particularly his interest in counter-culture. At the core of his artistic work was a profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual in society. The exhibition reveals Avedon’s sensitivity of observation, empathy of identification and clear vision that characterise these portraits.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York, and The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Curated by Christopher Chapman

Souce (image Gene by Charmain Miller)(http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au)

EXHIBITION // Carlo Mollino’s Erotic Photography at Gagosian Gallery (2014)

By Dr. John Parras, for ASX, December 2014

Despite its mass popularity as, basically, a family toy, the Polaroid instant camera has acquired a considerable reputation in fine art photography since the camera’s launch in 1947. Artists such as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, and Lucas Samarras have all taken the Polaroid for artistic spins. More recently, the tactile, analog nature of the Polaroid instant shot has helped distinguish it as a species of Slow Art—artisanal, non-digital, nostalgic, retro—prompting the Impossible Project to step in to manufacture instant film when, in 2008, the Polaroid company announced it would cease production. Because instant photos have no negatives and are not easily reproduced, a Polaroid shot sports the badge of being a unique record of a given moment. Because the film develops in front of your eyes, it flaunts a flair for magic. And because the instant’s patina is imperfect—because it is not afraid to show its flaws—it feels downright human and personal.

The current show at Gagosian Gallery, “Carlo Mollino: Polaroids,” offers a peek into a relatively unknown trove of instants—a series of erotic portraits shot in the 1960s by Turinese architect and designer Carlo Mollino. Despite being a flamboyant playboy who got his kicks rocketing down ski slopes, stunt piloting and racing cars, Mollino kept these steamy photographs private until his death. If the show weren’t fantastic, it would be naughty. (No wonder there’s a heavy, faded-red curtain covering one of the gallery’s glass walls.) Yet there is undeniable beauty in the glossy, slightly metallic hues on view here. These are not the bold colors of today’s touch-screens, but rather the washed, brassy, chemical tones of the Past.

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You can reads about our Book Review of Carlo Mollino's Polaroids here.

Local News // QCP EXHIBITIONS DONT MISS OUT

Only a few days left to see same great work over at the Queensland Centre for Photography. An often overlooked resource of local and overseas talent on displat throught the year.

 Almahaser Shiho

 Almahaser Shiho

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Exhibition // Impermanence / Soliloquy

 Scott Raylor and Darren Harris

A Joint Photographic Exhibition by Scott Raylor and Darren Harris

Wednesday 4th December 2013 to Tuesday 10th December 2013

Opening Night Wednesday 4th December 6pm – 9pm, with original recorded music by Arcane Species and Anton Harris.

Artists’s talks will commence at 7pm, free wine and orange juice will be available.

A second round of artists talks will be happening on Saturday 7th December at 2.00pm.

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Exhibition // CLAUDIA TERSTAPPEN - IN THE SHADOW OF CHANGE

In the Shadow of Change features almost 100 of Claudia Terstappen’s magnificent landscape photographs. For over three decades, Terstappen has been photographing landscapes which have particular spiritual or mythical meanings. Terstappen’s vast archive of landscape photographs has taken on significant environmental associations. As debates about the politics and impact of land use and climate change continue, Terstappen’s landscapes – from intimately scaled views of forests and riverbeds to grand views of mountains and glaciers – present a truly beautiful account of landscape photography and its contemporary significance.

November 09, 2013 till January 19, 2014 Australia Wheelers Hill Tue-Fri: 10am–5pm Sat-Sun: 12–5pm

Venue details

Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Rd
Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
T+: +61 3 8544 0500

www.mga.org.au