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Ruth MADDISON

Australia born 1945

Christmas holiday with Bob's family, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 1978 Description: a series of thirty handcoloured gelatin silver photographs

Collection Title: Christmas holiday with Bob's family, Mermaid Beach, Queensland
Place made: Mermaid Beach, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photographs, colour dyes hand-coloured Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1920.1-30

Christmas holiday with Bob's family, Mermaid Beach, Queensland presents Maddison's experience of Christmas in 1977 spent with her partner's family. The photographs are prosaic snapshots of a family celebration, similar to those found in the photographic albums of many Australian families. As Maddison noted in 1980: 'I believe all aspects of daily life are absolutely worthy of photographic consideration and exploration. I am most moved by images that are familiar and accessible'. The significance of the everyday to Maddison is emphasised in the large number of prints in the series, which was unusual for its time. Each of the thirty prints has been personalised through the application of colour pencil.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra