National Gallery of Victoria opens Fred Kruger. Intimate Landscapes exhibition

. February 8, 2012 . 0 Comments

The National Gallery of Victoria presents Fred Kruger. Intimate Landscapes an exhibition on view 04 FEB 2012 – 27 MAY 2012.


Fred Kruger, Coast scene, Mordialloc Creek, near Cheltenham c.1871. Albumen silver photograph, 18.4 x 27.2 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Gift of Mrs Beryl M. Curl, 1979.

This exhibition is a comprehensive survey of the work of Fred Kruger (1831–88), a German migrant to Victoria with a highly distinctive command of photographic language. Kruger’s detailed and compelling images draw us into an intimate experience of the landscape and are achieved through his orchestration of people within natural environments.

Kruger’s photographs are complex constructions embedded in the political and social circumstances in which he lived. This is especially the case with his creative documentation of life at the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station in 1876 and 1883 taken on commission from the Board for the Protection of Aborigines. Working at a time of rebellion at the station, Kruger’s images are a rare insight into a period of transition for the Aboriginal people.

It is his combination of rich context, strong sense of time and place, and distinctive creative expression that makes Kruger’s work so notable in the history of Australian photography. – www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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