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George SILK

New Zealand 1916 – Norwalk, Connecticut, United States of America 2004

  • Australia 1939-1945
  • United States of America from 1945

Fawn and Rainbow Trout, tributary of the Madison River, Montana [Fawn wades above rainbow trout, Madison River, Montana, 1961] 1961 Creation Notes: 1961, printed later
Materials & Technique: photographs, dye-transfer colour photograph Acknowledgement: Purchased 1999
Accession No: NGA 99.104

A variant of this picture appeared in George Silk's photoessay for Life, 'Wild Creatures of America', in December 1961. The overall theme of that special double issue of the magazine was 'Our Splendid Outdoors'. Silk travelled 11,000 miles across America over four months on the assignment. To make this picture he used his knowledge of the way spawning trout react when disturbed:

... I moved some rocks to make the water flow in a way attractive to spawning trout.

Silk waited more than a week for all the elements to come together. To show the trout and fawn together he enclosed his camera in a large glass box submerged half-in and half-out of the water and set the exposure from some distance away by a cable release.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra