Since its inception in the early 19th century, photography as a medium has traipsed a fine line between fact (truth, documentation, recording) and fiction (imagination, manipulation, obscuring). It can both represent and misrepresent, and this is especially true today. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia’s summer exhibition pays homage to the history of photography, while interrogating this relationship between fact and fiction, real and imagined. From international icons of the craft—Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George and Nan Goldin—to Australian masters like Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, Mervyn Bishop, Polly Borland and Darren Sylvester, Photography: Real & Imagined explores the multitude of approaches taken in the art of photography. Here’s a taste of what’s on show in this vast exhibition.
This article was originally published in the January/February 2024 print edition of Art Guide Australia.
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