Whoever decided to put Bob Ross’s TV series on Netflix deserves a promotion and a raise.
As the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close we don’t really need to be reminded just how contested the landscape is.
The 1980s were a kind of sunny headache. Every day you woke up to someone telling you how amazing everything was. It was the decade of the year of the book, it was the future, and it was everywhere.
Can we say then that Australian photography is significantly different from trends and developments elsewhere?
Spaces create stories. In the late 1970s, Sydney’s underground walkways and parking stations were the places where you could experience the stark, modernist spaces of the era’s science fiction movies.
The tension between traditional portraits and works that sit at the limits of what most people consider a portrait is the friction that fires up the whole engine of the prize.
A ruin is something that has to be seen.