Past Exhibitions

  • Vertigo


8 May 2009 to 28 June 2009

Artists include: Max DUPAIN, Wolfgang SIEVERS, David MOORE, John GOLLINGS, David STEPHENSON, Arthur WICKS, Simon TERRILL, Deborah PAAUWE Looking at photographs that have been shot from high above the ground might make us feel dizzy, powerful or even otherworldly. Photographs that turn our gaze up to the sky can produce feelings of awe and disorientation. These sensations are an effect of the technology of the camera. The curved lens of the camera works in a similar way to the human eye, and it is traditionally held at the height of the human eye, pointed toward the horizon. This makes it easy to imagine ourselves physically occupying the scene presented to us in the photograph. For this reason, when the camera's point of view moves away from the conventions of human vision, the photograph can challenge our sense of equilibrium and provoke feelings of vertigo. Vertigo explores the camera's capacity to unsettle our everyday perception of the world through the work of a number of Australian photographers from MGA's collection. It includes a range of photographs that use extreme camera angles to produce different formal and psychological effects, so that we might see the world afresh.

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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