Photography: Real and Imagined

Featuring iconic photographs alongside contemporary approaches to the medium, Photography: Real and Imagined is the largest survey of the NGV’s Photography collection, with over 270 works captured across 200 years by Australian and international practitioners. Twenty-one thematic sections exploring subject matter such as light, place and environment, consumption, conflict, community, and death, interrogate the proposition that photographs are either grounded in reality – a record, a document, a reflection of the world – or the product of imagination, storytelling, and illusion; and on occasion, operate in both realms.

André Kertész, Satiric Dancer, Paris, 1926; printed c.1972, gelatin silver photograph, 22.5 × 17.3cm (image and sheet). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, purchased 1973. © Estate of André Kertész, courtesy of Higher Pictures, New York. Photograph: Christian Markel / NGV. Courtesy National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
13 October 2023 to 28 January 2024

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