I am excited to be moving to Sydney this week to take up a position as photographer at the AGNSW. Some years back I was in the equivalent department at the State Library of NSW.
These departments shoot with the very best - Broncolor lighting and Medium Format digital, then down to SLRs. I was actually thrilled to see that the AGNSW also has a Fuji XT1 - what has happened to me, when that is my preferred camera these days!?
I will be shooting for catalogues/books, for online access of images and digitising of collection, and events. I also hope to do more video work, interviewing artists, as I was with my former online gallery, Artworldtv.
The gallery has a Frida Kahlo exhibition coming up mid year, too. This is nice on a personal note, as my father took me to the opening of her first major retrospective at Bellas Artes, in Mexico City, in 1978, when I was 12. The show was beautiful and terrifying. Tom Kreisler remained a champion of her work, lobbying in New Zealand in the early 80's to bring a show of her paintings down under, but to no avail. In spite of this, Mexico was to be an enduring influence on his own paintings.
Pictured below is one of Tom Kreisler's final works, A Brush With Death: