Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
21 Dec 1994 to 13 Feb 1995
Judith Ahern, Micky Allen, Emmanuel Angelicas, Ellen Comiskey, Christine Cornish, Brenda Croft, Johnathon Delacour, Peter Elliston, Gerrit Fokkema, Fiona Hall, Tom Hennemann, Ken Heyes, Martyn Jolly, Jon Lewis, Stephen Lojewski, Peter MacKenzie, Ian Provest, Catherine Rogers, Bruce Searle, Peter Solness, John Williams, William Yang, Anne Zahalka
This exhibition wove together the work of 23 contemporary photographers around the theme of ‘Sydney’. Sydney was not necessarily the only, or even the primary subject of these photographs, yet viewed in combination they constructed a mosaic of urban spaces, lives and cultures that could be recognised as unmistakably Sydney. In contrast to the marketing stereotypes of the Sydney, this exhibition presented an image of a complex city which is often as surprising as it is mundane.
Rather than illustrate someone else’s story, promote Sydney or its way of life, or document extraordinary people or places, most of the exhibited works emerged from the photographers’ intimate knowledge of particular Sydney places, communities and histories.