GOLLINGS, The history of the built world

February 22 - March 24, 2019

Wednesday-Friday 1-6,
Saturday – Sunday 11-4

official opening with the artist talk by John Gollings March 2, 5pm

John GOLLINGS, Vineyard House (Denton Corker Marshall) Yarra Valley, Victoria 2013
John GOLLLINGS, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (McBride Charles Ryan) Essendon, Victoria 2011
John GOLLINGS, Nawarla Gabarnmang, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory 2015
John GOLLINGS, Hotel Hotel Foyer (March Studio) New Acton, Australian Capital Territory 2013
John GOLLINGS, Kay Street Housing (Edmond & Corrigan), Carlton, Victoria 1983
John Gollings, The Lotus Building (Studio 505) Changzhou, China 2013
John GOLLINGS, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Wood Marsh) Southbank, Victoria 2002

The history of the built world is the first major survey of Gollings’ photographic practice and offers a much-anticipated opportunity to appreciate the full breadth of his unique vision. With academic training in the history of architecture, and a professional grounding in photographic practice, Gollings documents and dramatizes architecture with an informed artistic flair. Constantly innovating with photographic technologies, and investigating new architectural subjects with a restless enthusiasm, Gollings’ connoisseurship of the built world is unparalleled.



MGA, Australia’s only gallery solely dedicated to the collection and exhibition of photographs, is pleased to announce John Gollings: the history of the built world a new travelling exhibition showcasing the work of one of Australia’s most celebrated photographers. The exhibition is an important part of MGA’s commitment to promoting the work of Australian photographers.

The Queensland Centre for Photography is delighted to have the opportunity to showcase this exhibition at THE MAUD STREET PHOTO GALLERY in Brisbane. The exhibition is open to the public from February 22 – March 24, Wednesdays-Fridays 1-6 and Saturdays-Sundays 11-4. Entry is free.

The official exhibition opening with the artist talk by John Gollings and book signing will take place on Saturday March 2, from 5pm. This is a ticketed event, please book your tickets here.

‘Gollings is one of Australia’s leading photographers, with a career built over decades. From iconic contemporary architectural, ancient sites of spiritual significance, to the ruins of abandoned cities, Gollings has spent a career revisiting modern and ancient sites to document the built environment. It is rare that we have the opportunity to showcase and profile an internationally renowned and respected artist with such a depth and diversity of practice.’

John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent, and most prolific, photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his parralel interest in photography and architecture to explore cultural construction of social spaces.

From sacred rock art sites and ancient temples, to suburban dream homes, iconic monuments and architectural interventions, Gollings’ catalogue of images provides a remarkable visual history of how humans have chosen to inhabit their world.


 Beautiful Ugly, the Architectural Photography of John Gollings, Joe Rollo

Thames & Hudson, ISBN 978 050050 031 6

“Beautiful Ugly takes a look, in words, pictures and recollections, at the art of Gollings’ photography as he has made his remarkable journey around Australia’s architectural landscape. The images, personally selected by Gollings for this book, open a door into the art of architectural photography as interpreted through the lens and eye of one of Australia’s greatest architectural photographers, a true maker of pictures.”

Joe Rollo

The book will be  available for sale at the exhibition, John Gollings will be signing his book on March 2nd, at the official opening of the exhibition. 




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THE MAUD STREET PHOTO GALLERY is proud to present this event as part of the Asia Pacific Architectural Forum, an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland. 

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