Douglas Holleley — Luna Park Sydney: The Image of a Funfair (Free to Members)
On Thursday November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Dryden Theatre
Douglas Holleley will discuss the historically and culturally important amusement park, Luna Park, Sydney, Australia. Most of the images to be shown were made by E. A. Hopkins, who began working at Luna Park in 1935 when it was being built on the north shore of Sydney Harbor. In 1937, Hopkins began to photograph the Park. This he did with great skill and tenacity for some 35 years. In spite, or perhaps because, of his lack of photographic training, his images from the very beginning exemplify a mature and sophisticated understanding of visual structure. However, at the same time they present a series of perplexing paradoxes with respect to the assumptions of documentary photographic methodology. One reason for this is that these architectural spaces are also images — elaborately created tableaux — that have the symbolic qualities of, and may be “read” like, visual images, especially photographs. Things are further complicated when these tableaux are then photographed.
About Wish You Were Here
The Wish You Were Here travel photography lecture series features renowned photographers sharing images and stories that invite you to explore new destinations or revisit favorite ones.
Lectures are held in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House. Admission is $6, free for members. Artists will sign their books following the lectures. Books are available in the Eastman House Store.
Wish You Were Here is generously supported by Museum member Thomas N. Tischer.