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Golden era: John Gollings and Cameron Bruhn discuss John's fascination with the evolving architecture of the Gold Coast

BY Monash Gallery of Art | 06-Feb-2018
Join photographer John Gollings and Editorial Director of Architecture Media, Cameron Bruhn, as they discuss the changing landscape of the Gold Coast. Gollings’ relationship with the Gold Coast stretches back to childhood road trips that he made to Queensland with his parents in the late 1950s and 1960s. Gollings regularly revisits the city, his most recent images were created in 2017. Through Gollings’ photographs we see the rise of the high-rise and the decline of the mid-century motels and domestic dwellings. John’s most recent photographs of the Gold Coast feature on the cover, and throughout the January 2018 issue of Architecture Australia, a special edition focusing on the culture and architecture of the Gold Coast.
John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent, and most prolific, photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his parallel interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces.

From sacred rock art sites and ancient temples, to suburban dream homes, iconic monuments and architectural interventions, Gollings’s catalogue of images provides a remarkable visual history of how humans have chosen to inhabit their world.

The history of the built world is the first major survey of Gollings’s photographic practice and offers a much anticipated opportunity to appreciate the full breadth of his unique vision. With academic training in the history of architecture, and a professional grounding in photographic practice, Gollings documents and dramatises architecture with an informed artistic flair. Constantly innovating with photographic technologies, and investigating new architectural subjects with a restless enthusiasm, Gollings’s connoisseurship of the built world is unparalleled.

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Exhibition: John Gollings | The history of the built world
Until 4 March 2018