South West history to feature in photographic display

September 20, 2017 by  

Poster printing at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries is highlighting the launch of a new exhibition by photographer John Austin.

The exhibition showcases some of the images the South West photographer has captured during a career spanning 45 years.

The display is among a series of retrospective exhibitions to be held at the galleries by a number of the South West’s most highly respected senior artists.

Entitled John Austin: Survey II 1994-2017, this latest exhibition brings into focus some of Austin’s finest works.

The photographer, who has held more than 11 solo exhibitions previously, is renowned for his exclusive work with fine silver-gelatin prints in black and white featuring photographs snapped by large format cameras.

All shot on film, Austin’s images were processed in his darkroom at Quinninup, a place where the photographer first began documenting anti-logging protest rallies and the destruction that occurred within the South West forests.

The protests and fight to save the forests are an important part of Austin’s work and feature prominently in the exhibition.

The photographer’s ongoing commitment to refining his skills and creative voice throughout his long career was applauded by Julian Bowron, BRAG director, who said:

“This retrospective is a chance for us to showcase this contribution to a wide audience and to support it by producing a comprehensive catalogue which will accompany the exhibition.”

John Austin: Survey II 1994 – 2017 will be on show until November 26. Entry is free.