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Waves & Water – Australian Beach Photography

May 10, 2014 - August 3, 2014

Iconic photographs from the Australian National Maritime Museum’s collection capture Australian beach culture from the 1930s to today.

Waves & Water includes the work of seven of Australia’s celebrated beach photographers, including Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker 1937, Ray Leighton’s surfers posed with longboards, Jeff Carter’s 1960s surfing safari and Roger Scott’s 1970s ‘critical moment’ photographs, taken as an individual catches a wave or dives into the ocean.

More recent works by Anne Zahalka explore ideas of Australian cultural identity and sterotypes.  Narelle Autio also provides a different perspective of the ocean swimmer photographed from beneath the surface of the waves whilst Ian Lever renders the beauty and atmosphere of Sydney’s ocean pools at dawn and dusk.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Download the Waves & Water Education Kit

featured image:
Jeff Carter, Tribal Gathering


May 10, 2014
August 3, 2014
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McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery
390 McClelland Drive
Langwarrin, Victoria 3910 Australia
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