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Janina GREEN

Essen, Germany born 1944


  • Australia from 1949

Detail of woman's face 2002-3 Description: 11th image in the series

Collection Title: the series The bridge and the willow
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Creation Notes: Print date 2002 or 2003; particular sequence date 2014
Materials & Technique: photographs, Type C photograph laid onto canvas

Dimensions: image 24.8 h x 24.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the artist 2015
Accession No: NGA 2015.1.11

Green originally trained as a printmaker and later took up photography in the early 1980s. Her work reflects on photography and its place in society and is marked by an interest in both history and innovation. For her series The bridge and the willow, Green brings together two hand coloured photographs from her own archive alongside fragments of prints from an album of late nineteenth-century hand coloured Japanese prints in her personal collection. Hand coloured photography from Meiji-period Japan represents one of the great flowerings of the technique both in its volume and quality. In these works, Green draws together her contemporary practice and the history upon which it draws. She brings these images into the present by digitising them: the prints, once subject to intervention by hand, have been scanned and digitally hand coloured with an early edition of the image­editing software Photoshop.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra