Return to nature

National Exhibition Register

  • Of every worlds (a land of other things) [element 1]
    Danie Mellor Of every worlds (a land of other things) [element 1], 2019
    chromogenic print, acrylic
    24 cm (diameter)
    Image Credit
    Museum of Australian Photography, City of Monash Collection; donated by Danie Mellor 2020; MAPh.105.a

About the exhibition

The Museum of Australian Photography is currently seeking expressions of interest for our new travelling exhibition, Return to nature. Return to nature is an exhibition of over 70 photographic artworks that reflect upon shifting perspectives on Australia’s landscape. Seen through the lenses of over 40 photographers, including colonialists of the 1870s and contemporary artists, Return to nature considers the Australian landscape in its many forms. From nature as something to conquer to something to protect, this exhibition encompasses a range of approaches to landscape, including an enduring sentiment held by First Nations people that there is no separation between humans and the natural world, rather there is interconnection and interdependence. Return to nature includes key works from MAPh’s significant collection of Australian photographs, as well as a new iteration of ‘Interference pattern’ (2018– ) by Rebecca Najdowski and Vivian Cooper Smith, a vibrant exploration of what it means to make photographs with the landscape rather than of it.

Artists and Curator

Stella Loftus-Hills and Pippa Milne

Micky Allan, Bruce Attwell, Narelle Autio, Charles Bayliss, Mervyn Bishop, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas Caire, John Cato, Harold Cazneaux, Peta Clancy, Nici Cumpston, Norman Cathcart Deck, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, John Bertram Eaton, Peter Elliston, Stanley W Eutrope, Joyce Evans, Anne Ferran, Robert Fielding, Murray Fredericks, Viva Gibb, Tom Goldner, John Gollings, Peter Jarver, John Kauffmann, Charles Kerry, Henry King, Katrin Koenning, Ruth Maddison, Danie Mellor, David Moore, Jack Morrison, Rebecca Najdowski and Vivian Cooper Smith, Terry Naughton, Trent Parke, Jon Rhodes, Jo Scicluna, Wesley Stacey, Samuel Sweet, David Tatnall, Brian Thompson, James Tylor, Ingeborg Tyssen, Gordon Undy, Amanda Williams, Laurie Wilson

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/05/2024 - 01/05/2028
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Museum of Australian Photography
$5,000 (exc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Education Kit
Other materials
Exhibition materials include exhibition labels, extended texts, a tour manual comprising installation instructions and condition reports, an education kit and a media kit with approved press images and media release text. MAPh curatorial or education staff are available for floor talks and public programs by prior arrangement
Primary contact
Eloise Crossman
03 8544 0500