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Photographer unknown

Photographer Unknown

16 September – 28 November 2009

Susan Fereday, Marco Fusinato, Donna Ong, Fiona Pardington, Patrick Pound, Jacky Redgate, Elvis Richardson and Fiona Tan

Kyla McFarlane

Found or anonymous photographic images and film footage are a fascinating subject for many artists. The snapshot, the amateur photograph, the flea market find, the postcard and the work of the anonymous, jobbing photographer have all provided material fodder, or acted as conceptual springboards for making new work. Engaging with this material, artists enact a series of reversals, reprisals and re-workings – bringing the snapshot to the status of the fine art print, calling into question conventions of authorship, quality, the public and private, the nature of the archive and monumentality. Titled after Jacky Redgate’s Photographer unknown series from 1980-3, this group exhibition charts a course through these encounters in the contemporary context, including works that draw upon flea market analogue prints, to those inspired by more recent forms, such as videos uploaded to youtube by a myriad of internet users.

Public Programs:
Australian Premiere Screening & Panel Discussion of Other People’s Pictures [2004: Lorca Shepperd and Cabot Philbrick, 53mins]
Wednesday 4 November

Media Kit:
Photographer Unknown

Image: Photographer Unknown, installation view: Monash University Museum of Art, 2009. Photo: John Brash