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The Art Gallery of SA has a focus on memorable photography in their current exhibition Public Image, Private Lives: Family, Friends and Self in Photography. Works on display feature well-known and more obscure works by both Australian and international photographers. A key to understanding photography is not only the quality of the image, but the story behind it and the relationship between the photographer and subject or scene.
Photography is such a popular phenomenon in our modern world of social media and multiple screens. Every day events are relentlessly documented. This exhibition delves into the murky genre of making of private lives and intimate moments of family and friends public.
The exhibition does not limit itself to one particular time period, wits works from the nineteenth century onwards. Featured photographers include Trent Parke, Julia Margaret Cameron, Max Dupain, Andy Warhol and Man Ray.
Lise Dehane as the queen of spades by Man Ray on display at Public Image, Private Lives Photographic Exhibition
The Art Gallery of SA recently acquired some seminal works of photography by Carol Jerrems from the era and time of Melbourne in the 1970's. Jerrems was a schoolteacher by day with an interest in photography. This series of images features a female friend of hers and aspiring model and two expelled students who were from the group known as sharpies. It is the juxtaposition in these images that Jerrems was interested in, which still enthrals decades later.
Public Image, Private Lives: Family, friends and self in photography
Other photographers focus on their childhood and families, dying and decline, show business and fame. Some of the subject matter is confronting, offering a ruthless documentation of personal frailties and vanity. The camera brings people to life who are long gone. The photographer brings stories to put on walls, a window into other worlds. Compositions that are individual, original and dare I say it iconic. Grab a piece of this work while it is on view in 2016.