Jane Burton, Jon Butt, Charles Dennington, Dianne Jones, Will Nolan, Elvis Richardson
Remain in Light
Curated by George Adams.
Remain in Light, curated by pompom director George Adams, presents recent work from six Australian artists exploring the visual and conceptual possibilities of photography as a media that is being continually transformed by the interaction of technological development and social conditions. The artists are Dianne Jones, Elvis Richardson, Will Nolan, Jon Butt, Jane Burton and Charles Dennington. Questioning the generally accepted principles of photography is a necessary process, and part of a tradition that stretches back to the early years of the medium. In 1864, the British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, who had been criticised by the photographic establishment of the time for her preference for making out of focus portraits, asked in a letter to Sir John Herschel, “What is focus – and who has a right to say what focus is the legitimate focus.”1 In this she was questioning the very grounds of photography as a technology that was developed during a particular historical period, as well as the resulting social assumptions around the politics of representation.
Excerpt from essay by Michael Waite.