Past Exhibitions

  • Julian Smith's character studies

Julian Smith's character studies

7 May 2013 to 30 June 2013

As well as being a highly respected surgeon, Dr. Julian Smith (1873–1947) was one of Australia’s most famous Pictorialist photographers. He took up photography as a hobby in his 50s and became an advocate for a Pictorialist approach to the medium, exhibiting his work both in Australia and internationally.

Pictorial photography flourished in the early twentieth century, and was one of the first truly international art movements. Proponents of Pictorialism explored photography’s relationship to fine art, the imagination and self-expression. In Australia, atmospheric landscape scenes that approximated Impressionist painting constituted the dominant Pictorialist style, but portraiture was also an important genre. Smith brought a Pictorialist sentiment to portraiture by producing fanciful character studies of sitters dressed up as whimsical archetypes and literary figures.

Image: Julian SMITH
Entr'acte c1935-47
from the portfolio Fifty masterpieces of photography by Dr. Julian Smith 1949
facsimilie plate print
35.1 x 27.0 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
acquired 2009
MGA 2009.038

Current Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography
  • STAGES: photography through the pandemic

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Arts action: exploring the personal and political
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2018 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2011 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
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