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RePRESENTING the REAL

Virginia Baxter


Narelle Autio, Not of this Earth Narelle Autio, Not of this Earth
courtesy the artist
Sydney University’s Sir Hermann Black Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of works by notable photographers working the documentary format. A collaboration with Stills Gallery, the exhibition showcases a wide range of approaches to the form. One image is chosen to document the work of artists who more usually exhibit in series or essay form, among them, Ricky Maynard’s huge and confronting portraits of Wik elders; Stephen Lojewski’s suburban enigmas; Ella Dreyfus’ stark depiction of a body in transition from male to female. Trent Parke is a remarkable young photographer who’s recently be accepted into the Magnum Photo Agency for a one year trial period before final nomination, the first Australian photographer to get the nod. His Dream/Life series is represented here with a luminous image. Also featured is Narelle Autio’s photographic poem to leisure, Not of this Earth depicting richly coloured and textured aerial views of people relaxing beneath Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. In all there are 19 great photographers including William Yang, Lorrie Graham, Jon Lewis, Peter Milne, Donna Bailey, Jon Rhodes—every one of them worth a look.


RePRESENTING the REAL, Documentary Photography 2002, Sir Hermann Black Gallery & Sculpture Terrace, Sydney University till 17 August.

RealTime issue #50 Aug-Sept 2002 pg. 14

© Virginia Baxter; for permission to reproduce apply to realtime@realtimearts.net

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