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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1944

  • born Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1944 movement details Asia, Europe 1970
  • Europe, Tunisia 1983-1988

Yooralla at 20 past 3 1978
Collection Title: Yooralla at 20 past 3
Title Notes: title inscribed on the first photograph of the series of 5
Place made: Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph, hand coloured in colour pencils and watercolour gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: signed and dated reverse l.l., pencil, " Micky Allan 1978".
Secondary Insc: ititled, reverse, c., pencil,"2B" l.c., pencil, "9 c[in circlet hen crossed out]
Tertiary Insc: reverse, u.l., pencil, "38" [in circle]
Dimensions: printed image 27.7 h x 35.2 w cm sheet 28.6 h x 36.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982
Accession No: NGA 83.2050.A-E
Subject: Figure group Streets

Allan's work has often questioned established ideas of what a photograph should look like and what it should depict. Her Yooralla at 20 past 3 records the painstakingly slow progress of a mother and daughter and turns the event into something worth slowing down enough to observe and reflect upon. Allan witnessed this unassuming moment, almost a non­moment, frequently because her house in Carlton was across the street from the Yooralla School for Disabled Children. Through the introduction of nuanced and delicate hand colouring, the photographs mirror their subject as a labour of love.

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