Winnetka Drive-In, Paramount 1993
gelatin silver photograph
42.3 x 54.1 cm (image) 47.5 x 60.1 cm (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Bowness Family Fund for Contemporary Photography, 2009
The sun’s light is an elemental force of nature without which our planet would not exist. Light is also fundamental for the creation of photographs, indeed some of the first photographs were named ‘calotype’ meaning a ‘beautiful impression’ created by light. Light, and its absence, it still a source of inspiration for many contemporary photographers. In this exhibition drawn from the NGV Collection, artists including Mike and Doug Starn, David Stephenson, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Bill Henson, use the emotive potential and scientific capacities of light in their creative explorations of the world. Works included range from photograms (camera-less images); large scale installations and digital light-based technologies.