Miriam STANNAGE, News from the Street Series - The flood Enlarge 1 /1


Northam, Western Australia, Australia 1939 – Perth, Western Australia, Australia 2016

  • Europe, UK, Canada 1962-63
  • France 1970-71

News from the Street Series - The flood 1984 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver, colour dyes

Dimensions: image 40.6 h x 50.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1990
Accession No: NGA 90.1377
Image rights: © Miriam Stannage

Like many artists who used the medium during the 1970s and 1980s, Stannage often examined the extent to which photography precedes or follows an experience. The Polaroid prints depicted in these works-each of which has been brightly hand coloured in a way that contrasts with the realism of the black-and-white images within which they sit-addresses this concern. Stannage's pictures received some hostile attention. The iconic modernist photographer Max Dupain, for example, characterised her use of colour as akin to a stimulant that, in the end, had no significance: 'an emotional seducer like the tasty chemical additive in one's favourite jam'.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra