Mervyn Bishop: The Exhibition

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in Canberra celebrates the photographic career of Mervyn Bishop. Drawn from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, the artist’s private archive, and enriched by sound and moving image from the NFSA, ‘Mervyn Bishop’ features photographs of defining moments in Australia’s political and social history, alongside personal images of family and friends and intimate portraits of Aboriginal community members.

Mervyn Bishop, Cousins, Ralph and Jim, Brewarrina, 1966, gelatin silver photograph, 30 x 40cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest, 2008. © Mervyn Bishop. Photograph: AGNSW. Courtesy the artist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and The National Film & Sound Archive, Australian Capital Territory

Bishop said: ‘Photography has been my life, my passion for 60 years: the art and technique, the stories I’ve witnessed and captured. I’m glad to be able to share my life’s work with the public.’

‘Mervyn Bishop’ is showing at NFSA until 1 August, with a curator talk on 29 April and a slide night with Bishop on 28 May.

nfsa.gov.au/mervynbishop