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Nudes

The naked human form has been a perennial subject matter for artists and explored by photographers since the medium was first introduced. Its evolution in photography is incredibly powerful and directly responded to changes in society, particularly around women.


As the power dynamic and roles of women in society changed dramatically during the twentieth century so did the representation of women. It is interesting to consider how women are perceived through the 'male gaze' particularly against the works by Carol Jerrems and Merryle Johnson. This selection speaks to a broader conversation about how male photographers have explored the naked body, particularly the female form, from images that are highly sexualised to intimate portrayals of friends, to those that are documentary in approach and comment upon Australian beach culture.

 

Paul COX

Age of Aquarius (Carol Jerrems, Jan Hurrell)  1970

gelatin silver print

42.2 x 40.6 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by the artist through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2000

MGA 2000.85

courtesy of the artist's estate and Monash Gallery of Art

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Rennie ELLIS

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

MGA 2008.275

courtesy of Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive (Melbourne)

Rennie Ellis (19402003) was a photojournalist who chronicled Australian culture in the late twentieth century. He had a particular interest in the social life of Melbourne, and often documented celebrations, political protests and other public events. Ellis was also a driving force in the push to have photography recognised as a contemporary art form, and in 1972 he established Brummels Gallery of Photography, the first gallery dedicated to showing photography in Australia. During the course of his life Ellis rarely staged exhibitions, but his images were widely circulated in publications including a range of books authored by Ellis.


This photograph is from a series of images collectively titled Carol Jerrems, Mozart Street (1970). The series constitutes an informal portrait of Jerrems posing in her bedroom. While Ellis is well known for his social documentary work and his profile as a street photographer, he also produced a significant archive of nude photography and intimate portraits. This aspect of his practice provides further evidence of Ellis’s ability to establish an amicable report with his subjects. Ellis and Jerrems were both part of the same social scene in Prahran during the 1970s, and worked together on a range of projects.

 

Merryle JOHNSON

Untitled [Wendy on bentwood chair flinging hair]  nd

gelatin silver print

17.9 x 19.0 cm (each)

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by Merryle Johnson 2014 

MGA 2014.030

Norman LINDSAY

Semi draped model in outdoor location 1  c. 1911

gelatin silver print

59.5 x 45.5 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by Katherine Littlewood 2000

MGA 2000.27

Peter ELLISTON

Wylies #31  1998

from the series Wylies 

silver dye bleach print

103.0 x 82.0 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by the artist through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2004

MGA 2004.49

courtesy of the artist

Paul KNIGHT

  14 months #01  2008

chromogenic print

50.5 x 40.0 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2011

MGA 2011.143

courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc Gallery (Melbourne)

 

  Paul Knight is an Australian artist currently based in London, UK. Knight graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. In 2002 he was awarded a two-year studio at Melbourne's Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and in 2007 he was awarded the Ann & Gordon Samstag Travelling Visual Arts Scholarship, which led him to complete a Master of Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art in 2009. Also in 2009, Knight won the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Since his first solo exhibition in 2000, Knight has established a significant profile as a contemporary photographic artist. His work has received wide critical acclaim and he is represented in several Australian public collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University Museum of Art, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Knight’s work has been included in many significant curated exhibitions (Art Gallery of New South Wales 2012, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2011, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2008).

 

Paul COX

Leongatha 2  1970

gelatin silver print

35.2 x 49.0 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by the artist through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2000

MGA 2000.74

courtesy of the artist's estate and Monash Gallery of Art

 

Paul Cox (1940–2016) moved to Melbourne from the Netherlands in 1965. Upon arrival he quickly established himself as a widely exhibited, award winning photographer. He taught photography and cinematography from 1974 to 1984 at Prahran Technical College and influenced the work of young photographers at the time, including Carol Jerrems. He travelled widely during the 1960s and 1970s, particularly through Asia and the Pacific, and exhibited his work in Australia and overseas. While initially focussing on still photography, Cox’s interest in filmmaking grew stronger and he become a significant Australian film director.

 

Drew PETTIFER

Untitled (Aden in the mirror)  2010
from the series I keep mine hidden
chromogenic print
45.0 x 30.0 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Tony Lee 2014
MGA 2014.105
courtesy of the artist

Lewis MORLEY

Christine Keeler 1963 proof sheet  1963

gelatin silver print

22.3 x 31.4 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by the artist 2006

MGA 2006.25

courtesy of the artist

 

Lewis Morley (1925–2013) was born in Hong Kong and moved to England in 1945 where he studied at Twickenham Art School between 1949 and 1952. His photographs were first published in 1957 in Photography Magazine and Lewis Morley Studios was founded in 1961. Morley lived through the social and artistic change that swept through London during the 1960s and became well known for his studio portraits of key people from that time. He also made significant contributions to fashion and documentary photography. Morley moved to Australia in 1971 where he photographed Australia’s own rich and famous, embracing colour photography for the first time.

 
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Anne FERRAN

Rydalmere vertical III  1997

chromogenic print

138.3 x 107.8 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2011

MGA 2012.005

courtesy of the artist