15 June - 19 September 2018
For 30 years MGA’s benefactors have been instrumental in the development of the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian photography; and the first work donated to MGA when we opened to the public was a tapestry donated by Harry Seidler.
Since its inception, MGA has forged its own trailblazing path, never wavering from its commitment to champion Australian photography and its artists.
MGA has long been praised for being progressive and innovative, especially when in the 1980s it took the bold, unfashionable and revolutionary step to focus on Australian photography.
In doing so, MGA became the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian photography and soon came to hold one of the nation’s most significant collections.
Now numbering over 3 100 Australian photographs, MGA’s collection illustrates the story of photography in Australia and its development is in no small part due to the generosity of donors.
Collectors, donors, supporters and artists have been critical to the collection’s development with over half the collection built through donations.
LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. celebrates the impact benefactors have had on the development of one of the nation’s most unique and important collections; a collection solely dedicated to Australian photography and its artists. LEGACY teases out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the works that chart the history of MGA; from a Joseph Albers tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to some of the most recent donations to the collection by some of Australia's most significant photographers.
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Monash Gallery of Art (Harry Seidler), Wheelers Hill, Victoria 1990, pigment ink-jet print, courtesy of the artist
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
- Ansel Adams
Carol Jerrems 1970
gelatin silver print
24.6 x 16.7 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Public Galleries Association of Victoria 2008
courtesy of Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive (Melbourne)