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Published October 1st 2012
Update May 3rd 2015
Please note this gallery is closed and no longer open to the public
Ken Duncan is a renowned Australian landscape photographer known for his panoramic photos, or 'panographs' as he calls them. He has three galleries around Australia, including one in Melbourne and one on the New South Wales Central Coast. Sydney's Ken Duncan Gallery is located on George Street in The Rocks, not far from the Museum of Contemporary Art.
In addition to being so close to galleries like the MCA, this location offers the perfect compliment to Duncan's work. The gallery is set amid the beautiful setting of Sydney Harbour, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one side and the Opera House on the other side. Looking at Duncan's photographs you will find a beauty that mirrors the beauty we all associate with this location. His work usually focuses on the natural environment and rural settings, but sometimes includes cityscapes too.
The Ken Duncan Gallery itself is quite small. It comprises just one room, which means there isn't much wall space for the photographs to be hung up, a particular a problem at the front where the prints are larger and there is only room for a few. At the rear there a more images, as they start to get smaller the further back you get. Underneath all of these, around the edges of the room, are wooden cabinets scattered with a few of Duncan's books, each with a different theme.
I wish there was more room for the photos. Without the emphasis on the framed works, the room feels as much like a shop as a gallery. Other products, like the stands of postcards and cards near the counter, and the boxes of printed posters, are given as much space as the prints. In fact, it was these other items I turned to to fully appreciate Duncan's work, which I don't think should occur at a 'gallery'. If you are interested in making a purchase however, with all these products the gallery does cater to all price ranges. The framed prints cost thousands, but the postcards and cards only cost a few dollars.
If you would like to get a better idea of the type of work that the Ken Duncan Gallery has on show, visit Duncan's website to look at the latest online galleries. Otherwise, consider stopping at Sydney's physical gallery on your next trip to Circular Quay.