Max Pam

(Australia 1949 – )

Panorama of coal stock, BBC Colliery

Location
Not on display
Further information

Max Pam has documented the world more widely than most, with an extensive body of travel photographs spanning Europe, Asia and Australia. Pam was born in Melbourne in 1949 but was eager to escape the 'bland homogenous society' of Australian suburbia, heading to London in 1970 and beginning his career as a photographer. Pam declares; 'travel is critical to my creative development. It's part of the visual stimulation of a new environment and way I react to it and the way I can see images clearly.' His iconic black and white images of Asia are unusual in avoiding the exuberance and exotic associated with colour. Landscape is never dominant; it is the people of Asia that Pam primarily photographs, and like his work, these people display a sense of play and boundless diversity that even tight poses cannot contain. In contrast, his European and Australian photographs suggest a greater concern with abstraction and the surreal.

Year
1981
Media
Photograph
Medium
four gelatin silver photographs
Dimensions
4 photographs each: 18.0 x 18.0 cm image; 20.5 x 20.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated u.c. verso [a], pencil "...1981 M Pam".

Credit
CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988
Accession number
287.1987
Copyright
© Max Pam