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My last 60 years on the streets: John Williams Retrospective

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Magnet Galleries Melbourne

640 Bourke Street

#2

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Melbourne’s best photographic gallery, Magnet Galleries, will feature the work of two major Australian photographers, John Williams and Ingeborg Tyssen.

John Williams always wanted to hold an exhibition with his photographer wife, and sadly it did not occur during either of their lifetimes. Magnet Galleries, at 640 Bourke Street now fulfils this wish with a double exhibition running from 14 June to 7 July 2018. Opening night 14 June 6:30pm. All welcome.

The two exhibitions, “My last 60 years on the streets: John Williams Retrospective (1933 – 2016)” and “Swimmers: Ingeborg Tyssen (1945 – 2002)” feature their superb black and white photography.

Both artists were keen observers of people in their environments and preferred the black and white format.

On the day she was fatally injured in an accident Tyssen was in Holland, learning to use her new digital camera. She died two days later with John at her side. Williams’ work was also darkroom generated until 2002 when he became concerned at the effects of chemicals on photographers. From then on he only used the digital format, and increasingly played with the effects of overlaying images and stitching multiple images.

Williams became well known for his 1960S and 1970s Sydney street scenes, and Anzac Day marches over the decades.

This exhibition includes work never seen before in Australia. His opposition to war is strongly reflected in a series, “Australian Correspondence”. These multi layered images were shown only in France at the Historiale de la Grande Guerre in Peronne in 2015 and there are few original prints remaining.

John Williams described himself as a photographer who wrote history and a historian who took photographs. He wrote seven books and many articles about World War 1. This exhibition will show the full extent of his legacy.

The exhibition at Magnet Galleries is organised by John Williams’ widow Jean Curthoys and curator Merle Hathaway. All works are for sale.

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