Harry Nankin is renowned for creating the first large-scale outdoor plein air shadowgrams of living ecosystems in the history of photography in 1993. Since then he made shadowgrams of the sea (The Wave, 1996-2002), the Mallee woodland (Contact, 2003-05) and of precipitation falling in Tasmanian rainforests (The Rain, 04-6).
A second strand of Nankin’s practice attends to history and Holocaust. In 1994 he made a pilgrimage to Poland. The outcome of this visit was a beautiful and poignant homage to the land of his forebears and the disappearance of the rich cultural presence of European Jewry called Craters of the Moon (1998-2002).
Harry Nankin has been the recipient of Arts Victoria and Australia Council grants and his works have been acquired by a number of institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Jewish Museum of Australia, the State Library of Victoria and Monash Gallery of Art.
July 19, 2012
Harry Nankin‘s exhibition “Syzygy” is now showing at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Lake Tyrrell in the Victorian Mallee once served as an indigenous celestial observatory. Telescope showcases the work of “Syzygy”, a project which reflected ‘photo-poetically’ upon this lost sacrament by … Continue reading
January 28, 2011
Stormy Weather, Contemporary Landscape Photography is an exhibition drawing from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, currently running at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia at Federation Square. Examining contemporary photographers’ active relationships with various environments, the … Continue reading