New Zealand born 1957
Large crib room (deep mine), Mount Isa
Collection Title: the series An expanding subterra
Creation Notes: ptd 2012
Materials & Technique: photographs, pigment print Support: bire based Baryta paper
Wellington-based photographer Wayne Barrar is interested in how people use and manipulate underground space. Inspired by a trip to the Australian opal town of Coober Pedy and the reimagining of old mines as domestic spaces, Barrar started looking elsewhere for similar sites. Over a period of seven years he photographed to New Zealand, Australia, America, and France, seeking out the subterranean places in which people live, work, and play. Barrar has been greatly influenced by the New Topographic photographers in the United States who found beauty in mundane and banal landscapes and environs.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra