news on photography at the NGA

NGA photography news from Shaune Lakin, senior curator photography. (taken from his May 2017 newsletter – plus a little more)

On display: Mexican modernism

NGA holds an extraordinary collection of photographs taken in Mexico during the 1920s and ‘30s, during the period following the Mexican Revolution.

Our latest exhibition brings together key photographs by Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand and Anton Bruehl, alongside pictures taken by Australian photographer Grant Mudford during the 1970s, to show how the experience of post-Revolutionary Mexico led to new ways of seeing the world and to the development of a very particular and immensely influential modernist style.

International galleries, until 30 October  2016


On tour: Diane Arbus

Our exhibition Diane Arbus: American portraits has hit the road.

The exhibition features 36 of Arbus’ most iconic and confronting images from the last decade of her life, including photographs considered to be among ‘the most celebrated images in the history of the medium’.

This traveling exhibition brings together work from one of the world’s largest collections of Arbus’ vintage prints, exhibited alongside pictures by other leading photographers from the collection, whose work influenced Arbus or has been influenced by her.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW | 7 July – 20 August 2017 |

For more on this exhibition – click here.


New acquisitions: Narelle Autio

The Hon Diana Laidlaw recently purchased for the national collection Narelle Autio’s triptych Nippers 2014.

This is the first work by Autio to enter the national collection and is currently on display in the Australian galleries.

Adelaide-based Autio’s photographs focus on how we inhabit landscape, primarily the marine environment.

Her large and intensely coloured images of the visual effect of figures moving in water speak eloquently of the ways that pleasure, beauty and danger sit alongside each other in our experience of the ocean.


In the news

Guardian: great Australian photographs

We have been working with the Guardian on a series of audio essays considering some of the defining moments in Australian photography.

To date, the series has featured work by Max Dupain, David Moore, Rennie Ellis, Tracey Moffatt and Trent Parke. See below for the latest audio essay, with earlier essays linked from there.

The Guardian – click here


The-art-museum extra

click here for more on the Mexico Modernism exhibition

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There’s also a small exhibition of Japanese 19th C photos, the Eduardo Masferre photographs, and the wall of William Eggleston colour works.

Lots of photography to see at the NGA.

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