Photography stories

Holding hands: Love in a time of social distancing - Rhett D'Costa makes a photograph that reflects on the status of hemiparasites and Indian same-sex love in the Australian bush.   
Eucalypt meets indigo in Kanazawa – with gold leaf - Photographer Siri Hayes travelled to Kanazawa to combine Australia eucalypt-dyed threads with those in Japanese indigo.
The art of saving seals: April Surgent’s glass etchings - Charles Littnan writes about April Surgent's glass etchings, dedicated to the marine life discovered during her research in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Erika Diettes: Relics in amber - Alasdair Foster witnesses the work of Erika Diettes who cast objects of the disappeared in Colombia in a community memorial.
Call Them Home - Marziya Mohammedali writes about her installation that identifies refugees who have died while held in detention by Australia.
James Tylor: Te Moana Nui: Navigating time and space - While Garland focuses primarily on objects, we do like to highlight representational practices like photographs that involve craft and materials. We featured his torn photograph Aotearoa my Hawaiki in the online exhibition Second Home. A recent series uses the concept of Te Moana Nui to frame a series of works that were exhibited at the Samstag Museum in Adelaide and Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne. Tylor masters the Daguerreotype method that was used to capture the first photographic images of Indigenous peoples in Moana.  Artist Statement Te Moana Nui is a daguerreotype series that navigates through the cultural history of the Pacific Ocean. Te Moana Nui is the most accepted Polynesian name for the region of Pacific Ocean and in […]
Kete photography - Kirsten Lyttle has developed a photography/weaving practice that reflects indigenous values of respect and reciprocity.
Casting shadows: Areta Wilkinson and Mark Adams at the National - Harriet Litten reviews the exhibition by jeweller Areta Wilkinson and photographer Mark Adams that navigate biculturalism through an inventive combination of material and image.
Taonga and Photography in the Post-Treaty Settlement Era: A Case Study of Photograms by Mark Adams and Areta Wilkinson - Damian Skinner writes about the collaboration between jeweller Areta Wilkinson and photographer Mark Adams which use photograms as a way of "capturing" taonga.
Pink Terraces - Dean Smith is a Castlemaine ceramicist and photographer whose work seeks to interpret landscape. The Pink Terraces series reflects on a distinct geographical feature of New Zealand, his home country.
Hanging issues: Collaboration between photography and Lana paper making - A Kurdish photographer, doing a PhD at Melbourne's RMIT University, learns paper making in a northern Thai village in order to realise the emotions of the images gathered from the conflict in the Middle East. Rushdi Anwar shares the thinking behind this unique artistic alchemy.
Janina Green’s Still Life with Klytie Pate - A beautiful hand-coloured photo by Janina Green featuring a vase by ceramicist Klytie Pate, an orange peel, a pearl necklace, and, of course, a bunch of wattle.
Eclipsing tradition: China’s Chen Qiulin on art and rapid urbanisation - After Ai Weiwei's iconic performance of dropping the Han Dynasty Urn, it reassuring to see vases treated with such respect in this remarkable suite of photos.
Islam on Australian shores - Philip George creates surfboards inspired by Islamic architecture.