Past Exhibitions

Making it modern: Wolfgang Sievers & Henry Talbot

2 December 2010 to 23 January 2011

Modernism came to Australian photography via many routes, including the migration of artists from Europe to Australia in the first half of the twentieth century. Wolfgang Sievers (1913-2007) and Henry Talbot (1920-1999) arrived separately in Australia from Germany at the beginning of the Second World War. They both studied at avant-garde art schools in Germany and brought with them to Australia knowledge of European modernist ideas and photographic visions.

Sievers and Talbot both worked in Melbourne as commercial photographers. While Sievers specialised in industrial and architectural work, Talbot became known for his fashion photography and also focused on nudes and portraits.

This exhibition draws on photographs from the Monash Gallery of Art/City of Monash Collection and the Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth. It highlights the use of modernist aesthetics in the work of these two significant photographers who were highly influential in the development of Australian photography.

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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