John GOLLINGS, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia 2012, pigment ink-jet print, courtesy of the artist

27 March to 9 May 2021

John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his joint interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces.

While Gollings is well known for his documentation of new buildings and cityscapes, this survey exhibition situates these images within the broader context of his photographic practice. Alongside his commercial work, Gollings has always engaged in projects concerned with architectural history and heritage. This includes photographs of iconic modernist buildings, ancient sites of spiritual significance and the ruins of abandoned cities. Gollings’ interest in architectural heritage is also apparent in his documentation of places such as Melbourne and Surfers Paradise, where he has recorded the evolution of the built environment over extended periods of time.

A Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) travelling exhibition.

Public Programs


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Click here to watch a recording of the event online

Join guest speaker, Anouska Phizacklea, Gallery Director, Monash Gallery of Art, in a launch and floor talk discussion of the exhibition John Gollings: the history of the built world.

Image: John GOLLINGS Hanuman Temple, Hampi, India 2006, pigment ink-jet print, courtesy of the artist.

Watch the artist interview with John Gollings below:

Watch the Floor Talk with guest speaker, Anouska Phizacklea,
Gallery Director Monash Gallery of Art, below: