2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items
Pushkarani Kund (King’s Bath), Hampi, India 1988
pigment ink-jet print 65.0 x 81.0 cm
courtesy of the artist
estimate: $3000 – $4000
John Gollings (1944– ) made his first photographs and received darkroom tuition at age 11. He later studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and completed a Masters in Architecture at RMIT. He worked as a freelance advertising photographer, specialising in fashion and, as his contemporaries in architecture developed their practices, he increasingly focused on architectural photography. Gollings is now a well-known architectural photographer.
Gollings is an MGA Collection artist and past Bowness Photography Prize finalist and judge. MGA’s exhibition John Gollings: the history of the built world started its national and international exhibition tour in 2019. Having recently closed in India the exhibition is currently touring to venues throughout Australia.
Gollings has been drawn to India throughout his career. He first travelled to India in 1980 to work as the photographer for the Vijananagara Research and Documentation Project, which continues to this day. Every year Gollings returns to continue his work and build upon this incredibly important documentation of a purpose built imperial city. In addition to the World Heritage Site of Hampi in Southern India he has a long term commission to document step wells in northern India. The stepwell project is a collaboration between Australian and Indian architects for a three volume publication to be published by UME in Queensland.