Past Exhibitions

  • Summer nights - Brown and Green
  • Summer nights - Dunn
  • Summer nights - Kimber
  • Summer nights - Lochhead.21

Summer nights

8 November 2013 to 26 January 2014

Ever since Louis Daguerre pointed his camera at the moon in 1839 photographers have been interested in capturing images at night. Working on the dark side of the planet allows photographers to focus on things that are otherwise effaced by the Sun’s radiation. This not only includes celestial satellites and distant stars, but also terrestrial phenomena such as thunder storms, electrical power grids and phosphorescent plants and animals.

Photographers are not alone, of course, in being attracted to the unique atmosphere of the evening hours. The night has long been the provenance of criminal endeavours, sexual liaisons, spiritual reflection and other subtle activities; it is a landscape of strange encounters, ghostly apparitions and solitary quests.

Summer nights presents a selection of photographs from the MGA Collection. These works testify to an ongoing interest in the formal qualities of nocturnal photography (high contrasts and slow shutter speeds) as well as an enduring fascination with the spooky, restless and festive aspects of life that emerge when the Earth turns its back on the Sun.

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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