Timelines
Photography and Time
Rod McNICOL
Jack (2006); 2009 {printed}
from the A portrait revisited series 1986-2006
digital type C print
48.0 x 67.1 cm (image) 60.9 x 80.0 cm (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2009
2009.429
© Rod McNicol

Time is a slippery notion. It is everywhere and always moving but this powerful regulating force cannot be seen. It is only apparent in context: in the changing seasons, in another wrinkle on our faces, in the growth of children. Photography has a unique role to play in our sometimes poignant sense of time passing. The camera’s ability to depict ‘a moment in time’ - to stop the clock for a brief moment – gives photographs a unique capacity to direct our consideration towards the mechanics and poetics of this pervasive and mysterious cosmic force.

In this exhibition one aspect of time is considered from a photographic perspective: namely, human life. Works have been selected from the permanent collection both by International and Australian photographers that show an interest in some aspect of lifecycles. Arranged, in part, in a ‘timeline’, these works provoke our understanding of the mediums capacity to suggest the concept of time in ways that may be surprising, moving or even confronting. The exhibition also looks at how photographers have extended a sense of time and duration through images that work in series. Photographers include: Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Bill Brandt, Ruth Maddison, Rod McNicol and Rosemary Laing.


07 May 201003 Oct 2010 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Photography, Level 3, NGVI
Photography, Level 3, NGVI



Timelines Cover

Timelines: Photography and Tiime

Isobel Crombie

Publication Year 2010
RRP $9.95

Excerpts from the Timelines: Photography and Tiime publication.