A brand new exhibition by acclaimed photographer Rex Dupain is making waves at Bondi Pavilion Gallery in Australia. Dupain has spent the final 20 years witnessing Bondi Beach’s recognition develop as a must-see vacationer vacation spot all whereas capturing superb portraits alongside the best way.
His photographs of households, lifeguards, lovers, and swimmers resonate with Aussies throughout the board. The exhibition “Sunscreen Celebrities” captures the seashore tradition that they’re famed for in addition to worldwide tributes to the obsession with the sand and sea.
Uncovering locations like Coney Island, Barcelona, and Sorrento in his work; regardless of the adjustments in places, his depictions of individuals’s innate attraction to the water’s edge stays constant.
“Who could think of a better location than Bondi Beach for an exhibition which captures local and international beach culture, a culture by which we often define ourselves and even our national identity?” Mayor John Wakefield of Waverley Council stated. “Rex has made an undeniable contribution to the medium of photography and our understanding of who we are as Australians.”
Dupain has been a finalist within the Art Gallery of NSW’s Sulman, Archibald and Wynne prizes. Since the mid-1990s he has developed a complete physique of labor that pays homage to Sydney and its folks.
“There’s something wonderful about installing exhibitions in relevant locations, especially when visitors arrive in flip-flops and Speedos (and occasionally with surfboard) to view the work alongside well-dressed photography enthusiasts,” stated Cherie McNair, Director and CEO, Australian Centre for Photography.
“People really identify with this series of Dupain’s works, it reflects the summer experience just out the front door of the gallery and shows the great diversity of beach life.”
“Not so long ago candid photography was deemed unlawful,” says Dupain. “‘Free range’ photographers, like myself, were restricted to photographing people under consensual agreements. So, the unrehearsed images that brought magic to gallery walls vanished. This hysteria has now cooled off thanks to the influx of the selfie generation. According to my experiences, the public has wilfully encouraged me back onto the sand.”
The exhibition at Bondi Pavilion Gallery is free to attend and closes on 28 January.