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Opening: ‘Long Distance Vision: Three Australian Photographers’ at The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne

Opening: Thursday 27th August 2009

Exhibition dates: 28th August – 21st February 2009

Artists: Christine Godden, Max Pam and Matthew Sleeth

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A small but social opening of the latest photography exhibition at NGV Australia. Wonderful to see Edwin Nicholls and Sophie Gannon from Sophie Gannon Gallery, Richmond in attendance along with Dr. Isobel Crombie, Senior Curator of Photography at the NGV and Susan van Wyk, curator of this exhibition and Curator of Photography at the NGV. Also in attendance were the NGV Director, Gerard Vaughan and Frances Lindsay, Deputy Director of the NGV. The exhibition was opened by Associate Professor Christopher Stewart from RMIT University.

Many thankx to Alison Murray and Sue Coffey for allowing me to take photographs of the opening.

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Opening night crowd for 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Opening night crowd for ‘Long Distance Vision’ at NGV Australia, Melbourne with Senior Curator of Photography, Dr Isobel Crombie, at left of photograph.

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Opening night crowd for 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Opening night crowd for 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Opening night crowd for 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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“Long Distance Vision will include over 60 photographs from the NGV Collection exploring the concept of the ‘tourist gaze’ and its relationship with the three artists.

Susan van Wyk, Curator Photography, NGV said the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the unusual perspective brought by the three photographers to their varied world travel destinations.

“There’s a sense in the works in the exhibition that the photographers are not from the places they choose to photograph, and that each is a visitor delighting in the scenes they encounter.

What is notable about the photographs in Long Distance Vision is that rather than focussing on the well known scenes that each artist encountered, they have turned their attention to the ‘little things’, the details of the everyday,” said Ms van Wyk.

From the nineteenth century, photography has been a means by which people could discover the world, initially through personal collection and albums, and later via postcards, magazines, books and the internet.

Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, NGV said that both contemporary photographers and tourists use the camera as a means to explore and capture the world.

“Through their photographs, the three artists featured in Long Distance Vision show us highly individual ways of seeing the world. This exhibition will surprise and delight visitors as our attention is drawn to not only what is different but what remains the same as we travel the world,” said Dr Vaughan.

Long Distance Vision: Three Australian Photographers is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square from 28 August 2009 to 21 February 2010. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is open 10am–5pm, closed Mondays. Entry to this exhibition is free.”

Press release from the NGV

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Opening of 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Opening of 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Opening night crowd for ‘Long Distance Vision’ at NGV Australia, Melbourne looking at the work of Max Pam

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Edwin Nicholls and Sophie Gannon at the opening of 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Sophie Gannon and Edwin Nicholls at the opening of ‘Long Distance Vision’ at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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Dr Isobel Crombie, Senior Curator of Photography at the NGV (left) with Susan can Wyk, Curator of Photography at the NGV and curator of the exhibition (right) at the opening of 'Long Distance Vision'

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Dr Isobel Crombie, Senior Curator of Photography at the NGV (left) with Susan van Wyk, Curator of Photography at the NGV and curator of the exhibition (right) at the opening of ‘Long Distance Vision’

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Opening of 'Long Distance Vision' at NGV Australia, Melbourne

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia Federation Square
Corner of Russell and 
Flinders Streets, Melbourne.

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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