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Marcus Bunyan black and white archive: ‘The Regent Theatre’ series 1991

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After undertaking an ‘Issues in Art Conservation’ subject for my Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne I have become more aware of the fragility of my black and white fibre-based prints and negatives. I have therefore decided to scan negatives made during the years 1991 – 1997 to preserve them in the form of an online archive as a process of active memory, so that the images are not lost forever.

These photographs were images of my life and imagination at the time of their making, the ideas I was thinking about and the people that surrounded me. As such they form part of life – of Melbourne, of Australia and of humanity in general. The preservation of such moments in time are vital to the continuing enrichment of culture. More information…

Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

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1991

The Regent Theatre Series

The photographs of the dilapidated Regent Theatre in Collins Street, Melbourne were taken with the permission of the National Trust after the theatre had been closed for 21 years on an open day when the theatre was open to the public. The series formed part of my first solo exhibition ‘Of Myth, Magic and Music’ held in 1991.

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Untitled’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Arts’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Untitled’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Untitled’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Untitled’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Coronation’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Exit’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Music and Light’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Music’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Nocturne’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Untitled’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Untitled’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Six-coned speaker with pillars’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Stairs, bannister, bowl and pillars’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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Marcus Bunyan
‘Twin pillars’ from ‘The Regent Theatre’ series
1991

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3 Responses to “Marcus Bunyan black and white archive: ‘The Regent Theatre’ series 1991”


  1. December 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    looking at these is like meeting with old friends after years and years – i remember them in the darkroom – in the corridor and sink in the bleaching and toning room- I remember them in reviews- so familiar and so very beautiful in this digital madness

    • 2 Dr Marcus Bunyan
      December 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      ah anna those were the days!
      lots of other prints to come in the black and white archive, some that were never even printed at the time
      i still don’t think you can beat an analogue black and white print for presence
      they have a certain aura to them 🙂
      thankx for writing the lovely comment hope life is good!
      M


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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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