Anne Zahalka introduced Australian art to a multicultural post modern Australia. Her first major body of work to enter the public domain was Bondi Playground of the Pacific (above). This image is included in the NGV Australia's Portrait show right now. This body of work was made and shown at Bondi Pavilion just meters from the beach, yet Anne used a painted backdrop, that echoed portraiture in the early years of photography. Each of the images is named after the activity rather than any age, ethnicity or gender. This was a first in Australian representation of itself. Two years prior to this she did Resemblance which was originally shown in Berlin then came to ACP. In this work she reconstructs sets and costumes reminiscent of Dutch masters but with moments of the modern. Wikipedia sums it up: Her artwork revolves around Australian culture, focusing on themes such as gender roles, leisure activities and the conventions of art. Karra Rees interviews Anne for the major portrait show at CCP, Dumbo Feather Pass It On also interviewed her. Here Anne talks through her process of making a portrait. Isobel Parker Philip AGNSW talks through one of Annes works. She is represented by Arc One in Melbourne.
Salgado came to fame for his photographs of Ronald Reagan, but it was his black and white work from the late 1980s that brought him to fame. His background in economics, his empathy and willingness encounter the extremes of the human condition pushed his work to in distinctive way, it is difficult not to tell one of his photographs. He worked in W Eugene Smith's photo story format but joined many together to form a substantial body of work and present it as an exhibition and book. Workers, Migration and Genesis being the biggest.
Lets start with a quick read, rather than Wiki here is The Guardian. Interviews; first was done by Canon after he used their cameras the second transcribed for easy reading. He has is own foundation, but his is about reforestation of Brazil. Artsy has a list of some of the prints that are for sale.
Avedon is a photographer that we all reference if not copy often. Here is a run down and some reading to get up to speed on one of the greatest ever in fashion and portraiture.
Lets start with a quick read, rather than Wiki here is Art Story's account. He has is own foundation to promote his legacy, of course this site has an amazing amount of information. Now an interview to hear him in his own words. This one is amazing. It is long and detailed. Here is the Artsy's list of works for sale.
Page is part legend part myth. Here is a deep dive. His story is one of the great reads of photography. lets start with his work, this is his a bit neglected website.
Lets have an overview of his career by Time Magazine. Here is an interview with Vice full of WTF moments. Let us continue with an article about his friendship with Michael Herr one of the writers of Full Metal Jacket and writer of the voiceover in Apocalypse Now because he was one of the most talented and interesting reporters out of that war.
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