Tamara Dean | Leave only footprints

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  • Sacred lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera) in summer
    Tamara Dean Sacred lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera) in summer, 2018
    pigment ink-jet print
    120.0 x 160.0 cm
    Image Credit
    courtesy of the artist

About the exhibition

MAPh 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 Emerging from the depths of nature Tamara Dean’s practice examines the human condition. Leave only footprints is the first survey of the critically acclaimed photo media artist and spans more than twenty years of her photographic practice. This immersive exhibition incorporates scent, photography, installation and the moving image to create an environment that engages the senses. Dean’s career began as a photojournalist for the Sydney Morning Herald (2001–14). She was renowned for finding the quieter, more introspective moments between subject and photographer. Her exploration of our shifting emotional states continues to evolve and these themes now occupy her large-scale performative photographic practice. 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. 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.

Artists and Curator

Anouska Phizacklea

Tamara Dean

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
18/09/2023 - 31/12/2028
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
Catalogue/Book, Exhibition Tour Manual, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
Collaboration Tamara Dean worked with 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
Cait Burgoyne
Museum of Australian Photography