MAPh News | Join us for an auction with a difference, fantastic workshops and inspiring exhibitions

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Tamara DEAN, Endangered 2 2018

AUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT: Tickets have been released for the MAPh X Artist photography auction

Join us for an auction with a difference! MAPh has joined forces with our valued artists to create a unique auction where we will share equally in the sale proceeds of their work, allowing buyers to impact artists and their practice directly.

Auction details are below:

Wednesday 24 May 2023
ARC ONE Gallery
45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 3000
Doors open 6 pm for 7 pm auction
Drinks and canapés will be served on arrival

This year we have a stunning and unique selection of photographic works by leading contemporary Australian artists, including Tamara Dean, Anne Zahalka, Petrina Hicks, Michael Cook, The Huxleys, Murray Fredericks, Amos Gebhardt, and so many more.

Head to our website to preview the auction catalogue of all available works and book your ticket.

The funds raised through the sale of these artworks will help shape the future of photography in Australia by supporting MAPh’s exhibition program, artists and their creative practices.

Tickets are strictly limited and are on sale now until Thursday 18 May 2023. Don’t miss out and book today!

Help support us, our artists and the arts as a whole. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Jack CATO, The digger 1930
ANZAC Day opening hours

We will have limited opening hours on Tuesday 25 April 2023

Please note that the Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh) will have limited operating hours this ANZAC Day.

MAPh will be open from 1:00pm until 5:00pm on Tuesday 25th April 2023.

Lest we forget.

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Leigha LEHMANN, Unpredictability of being (detail) 2022
EXHIBITION: TOPshots 2022–23 Launch and award announcement

Wednesday 26 April 2023
6.00pm – 7.30pm

Join Anouska Phizacklea, MAPh Director, and Tony Peake, MAPh Chair Committee of Management, as they warmly invite you to the TOPshots 2022–23 exhibition launch and award announcement event.

The winner of TOPshots 2022–23 will receive the Rosie Hughes Memorial Prize, sponsored by The Waverley Camera Club in memory of their late member Rosie Hughes.

The award will be judged by Amos Gebhardt who was the recipient of the $30,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for their work ‘Wallaby’ in 2022.

Free event. RSVPs essential Follow Link

Madeline BISHOP, Hold this 2023
MAPh WORKSHOP | Working with strangers with Madeline Bishop

Saturday 29 April
11:00am – 12:30pm

How can staging, performance and direction be used to create ease with your subjects and result in dynamic and compelling portraits?

Practice the art of constructing portraits. In this hands-on workshop, photographer and videographer Madeline Bishop will take you through a series of exercises to help develop ease, trust and connection when photographing new people. She will show you how to utilise this energy and direct your models for better pictures and discuss how to compose, light and shoot images to get the best from your photoshoot.

In this workshop you will use each other as the models for your images so come prepared (with a camera) to photograph and be photographed.

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Rod MCNICOL, Claudia 2004

4 March – 28 May 2023

Through the lenses of over 50 artists, 100 faces brings together 100 works drawn from three photographic collections to explore the portrait in its many forms, as well as what it means to collect portraiture both publicly and privately.

This exhibition draws from two private Melbourne collections, belonging to the Harris and Rosenthal families. Works from these collections have been placed in conversation with our significant public collection to reveal a rich diversity of faces. From celebrities and cultural figures to anonymous individuals caught unawares on the street, this exhibition features works by major Australian and international artists.

Curators: Angela Connor, MAPh Senior Curator and Stella Loftus-Hills, MAPh Curator

Madeline BISHOP, Any emotional dramas?

22 March – 1 May 2023
Atrium Gallery

For Ten strangers, Madeline Bishop asked ten people to be photographed together. Though these subjects were all known to the artist, they were strangers to each other.

Their instruction was to press together, as if they were dough expanding and morphing to make themselves fit into a rectangle bread tin. Bishop photographed the scene over and over, revealing minute changes over time. As the session progressed, bodies settled into the nooks of each other’s bodies, and found new spaces to press against.

Curator: Angela Connor, MAPh Senior Curator

BLOOM roll on perfume

Mother’s Day gift ideas at MAPh

Opening hours:
Tue – Fri 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sat – Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm
Mon Closed

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re in need of some inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

Our MAPh Shop is full of a beautiful selection of gifts that are sure to impress. From candles, jewellery, perfumes, photo frames and so much more, there’s bound to be something wonderful for the mother figure in your life.

Remember that our MAPh members also receive 10% off all full priced items, so get shopping.

Buy that special gift here

Image captions:

Tamara DEAN
Endangered 2 2018
from the series Endangered
pigment ink-jet print
165.0 x 110.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney + Berlin)

The digger 1930
gelatin silver print
30.0 x 25.0 cm
Museum of Australian Photography, City of Monash Collection
donated by the Cato Estate 2021
MAPh 2021.31
courtesy of John Cato

Unpredictability of being (detail) 2022
pigment ink-jet print
33.0 x 47.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Emmanuel College Warrnambool

Madeline BISHOP
Hold this 2023
from the series Ten strangers
pigment ink-jet print
29.0 x 37.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

Claudia 2004
from the series Portraits from my village
pigment ink-jet print
45.3 x 34.0 cm (sight)
from the Harris and Rosenthal collections
courtesy of the artist

Madeline BISHOP
Any emotional dramas? 2023
from the series Ten strangers
pigment ink-jet print
37.0 x 29.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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