Ever Present: Photographs from the Collection 1850–1975
Garry Winogrand, United States 1928-1984 | Staten Island Ferry, New York 1971, printed 1974 | Gelatin silver photograph on paper | Purchased 1991 with funds from James Hardie Industries Limited through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
8 June – 13 October 2013 | Collection Display | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Free admission
Daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Images from photography’s early years have a peculiar temporality. They evoke a seemingly remote past through old-fashioned clothing and poses, as well as often unfamiliar customs and geographies. But they also deliver the past to us in a very immediate and familiar way. Through photography, the past is always with us — it is ‘ever present’.
This exhibition, drawn from the Gallery’s historical collections, presents works by unknown nineteenth-century photographers alongside iconic images by some of the masters of the twentieth century, such as Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus.
The images in ‘Ever Present’ suggest the multiple stories comprising the history of photography in the pre-digital era.
MY GEN 50+
Art and identity through the ages | 5.30pm Wednesday 9 October, QAG
Join Dr Morris Low, Associate Professor of Japanese History, The University of Queensland, for a fascinating tour examining Japanese art and identity in the Gallery’s historical Asian art collection. In addition, Dr Low’s publication Japan on Display: Photography and the Emperor (2006) provides the framework for an exploration of the photographs on display in ‘Ever Present: Photographs from the Collection 1850–1975’.
Free, bookings required as places are limited.
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