Past Exhibitions

Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography

17 February 2021 to 16 May 2021

PHOTO is a major new biennial international festival of photography that will activate Melbourne and sites across regional Victoria with the most inspiring photography from Australia and around the world.

MGA’s headlining Photo 2021 exhibition will explore the festival’s theme of ‘Truth’ through the lens of new documentary photography.

Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography, will introduce Australian audiences to leading photographers from around the world who are making new documentary photography, many never having exhibited in Australia before. This exhibition will place Australian photographers alongside their international contemporaries; spanning 11 countries of origin, these are the photographers who are changing the way we think about photographic storytelling.

Truth is implicitly linked to photography because of its capacity to be a medium of record, but photographers have been using their tools to uncover and reimagine truths through investigative, imaginative and allusive photography.

New documentary photography is about rethinking the traditional ways of representing what the camera sees. Instead of straight documentation, these photographers have sought new ways to show pressing social and political issues, and in doing so are transforming photography itself.

Mathieu Asselin (FR/VE)
Broomberg and Chanarin (ZA/UK)
Cristina De Middel (ES)
Laura El-Tantawy (UK/EG)
Yoshikatsu Fujii (JP)
Ashley Gilbertson (AU)
Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad (IN/IN)
Zhang Kechun (CN)
Dana Lixenberg (NL)
Max Pinckers (BE)
Raphaela Rosella (AU)
Alec Soth (US)
James Tylor (AU)

Daniel Boetker-Smith (AU)
Pippa Milne (NZ), Senior Curator, MGA
Gareth Syvret (JE/AU), Associate Curator

Presented as part of PHOTO 2021 International Photography Festival

This exhibition is supported by Spicers, Photography Studies College, The Print Shop @ PSC and Colour Factory


UPDATE 18 February 2021: MGA has been on pause due to recent restrictions and our scheduled exhibition dates have been delayed. This exhibition will now open to the public on Saturday 20 February with the official launch on Sunday 21 as planned. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Current Exhibitions

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  • Old ways, new ways
  • TOPshots 2021–22

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Being a voice
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • Massimo Vitali: Leporello 2020
  • The Tucker portraits
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography 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
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