Tamara Dean | Leave only footprints

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  • Ebenezer rock drop
    Tamara Dean Ebenezer rock drop, 2015
    pigment ink-jet print
    75 x 100 cm
    Image Credit
    Museum of Australian Photography, City of Monash Collection; donated by Tamara Dean 2022; MAPh.2022.19

About the exhibition

The Museum of Australian Photography is currently seeking expressions of interest for our new travelling exhibition, Tamara Dean | Leave only footprints. 'For as long as I can remember I have yearned to be in nature. When I enter a forest I feel as though I have come home.' – Tamara Dean Tamara Dean | Leave only footprints is the first survey exhibition of the critically acclaimed photomedia artist Tamara Dean. Dean’s career began as a photojournalist for the Sydney Morning Herald (2001–2014). She was renowned for finding the quieter, more introspective moments between subject and photographer. Dean’s practice transitioned from documentary to conceptual photography after the arrival of her first child. It transformed her practice into one that explores the primacy of nature and our connectedness to it and to each other. 'I create symbolically charged works which aim to bridge the separateness that we as humans create in our minds between ourselves and nature.' – Tamara Dean Tamara Dean | Leave only footprints spans over 11 key bodies of work that explore transitional moments in our lives – rites of passage, rituals and motherhood – and is underpinned by the artist’s longing and desire to be within and to protect nature. This immersive exhibition incorporates scent, photography, installation and the moving image to create an environment that engages the senses. This exhibition is accompanied by a recorded interview with the artist as well as three saleable custom scents.

Artists and Curator

Anouska Phizacklea

Tamara Dean

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)
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Other materials
Exhibition materials include exhibition labels, extended texts, a tour manual comprising installation instructions and condition reports 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 Tamara Dean worked with olfactive artist Ainslie Walker to create three custom scents, as a complement to the exhibition. Limited quantities are available for each venue; additional stock can be ordered at an extra cost
Primary contact
Eloise Crossman
Museum of Australian Photography
03 8544 0500