John Gollings: the history of the built world

National Exhibition Register

  • Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia
    John GOLLINGS Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia, 2012
    pigment ink-jet print
    80.0 x 100.0 cm
    Image Credit
    courtesy of the artist

About the exhibition

John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his joint interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces. John Gollings: the history of the built world is the first major survey of Gollings’s photographic practice. While Gollings is well known for his documentation of new buildings and cityscapes, this survey exhibition situates these images within the broader context of his photographic practice. Alongside his commercial work, Gollings has always engaged in projects concerned with architectural history and heritage. This includes photographs of iconic modernist buildings, ancient sites of spiritual significance and the ruins of abandoned cities. Gollings’s interest in architectural heritage is also apparent in his documentation of places such as Melbourne and Surfers Paradise, where he has recorded the evolution of the built environment over extended periods of time. Constantly innovating with photographic technologies, and investigating new architectural subjects with a restless enthusiasm, Gollings has developed a distinctive visual style. This style typically conveys a personal or physical connection with the structure being photographed. Rather than documenting buildings in a way that reproduces the impersonal elevation plans of an architectural diagram, Gollings embeds the viewer in face-to-face encounters with built environments. Using a range of compositional techniques and visual effects to invest architecture with personality, he portrays buildings as lively habitats rather than static monuments.

Artists and Curator

Stephen Zagala, MGA

John Gollings

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/06/2018 - 30/12/2022
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Monash Gallery of Art
$4,000 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Primary contact
Katie Tremschnig
Monash Gallery of Art
03 8544 0506
courtesy of the artist