Mary Ellen Mark at Stills

Review: Photography
Two exhibitions at Stills Gallery Sydney
Mark Ellen Mark and Lisa Garland

I hear debates about the nature of photography today given all the digital technology and all that stuff.  The technology may change, as it always has done, but capturing the image and the light and then publishing it in a beautiful format is what has always been about and remains so in the 21st Century. Photography remains a strong and powerful medium.

Black and White photography when it is done well, and the photographer engages with the subject, remains one of the wonders to be enjoyed on the walls of a gallery. The online image serves to introduce you to the works, but visiting a gallery exhibition to see the actual printed image remains a must for any lover of photography.

Stills Gallery in Sydney remains a fantastic venue for photography in all its many fabulous manifestations. The current exhibition (finishing Sat 7 June) is yet another not to be missed.

The artworks by Mary Ellen Mark are proof that well printed black and white photography is a joy to behold. These photographs are simply beautiful to look at. On the next level her subjects, being people, are totally enthralling.

There’s a link to the photographs online – but be aware that seeing them online is but half the pleasure – you must see these photographs in the flesh to take in all layers, being the production quality and the subjects. click here for her portfolio.

If you have missed the exhibition, visit the gallery and ask to see them – they will be in a drawer there somewhere. I assure you it will be worth it.


Stills are also showing five large photographs by Lisa Garland.

This is Black and White and portraiture at its best. Lisa has photographed people in their home environments.  And again, you have to see the photographs to really enjoy them. click here for Lisa Garland’s work.


Recommendation: Rating 9/10 – please go see for yourself!

Here’s a link to Stills Gallery – click here


Paul Costigan, 5 June 2014


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