Bill Henson at Tolarno Galleries
Acclaimed and polarising Melbourne photographer Bill Henson is showing a new collection of photographs for the first time since 2011.
Henson’s new photos fit inside the thematic boundaries of his existing body of work: many shots feature male figures placed in classical, sculptural poses beside landscapes and architectural forms at twilight. Henson’s photographs regularly reference classical paintings with his use of strong light and shadow in the same image, and via his fascination with the human body. Also on display will be Henson's moody landscapes and architectural photographs.
The photographer was the subject of intense scrutiny in 2008 when his images of naked 12 and 13 year olds were due to be shown at Roslyn Oxley gallery in Sydney, and although the police found no legal issue with the images, the negative attention forced the exhibition's closure and even saw then prime minister Kevin Rudd wade into the public debate. Despite this controversy, Henson is considered to be one of Australia's most significant living artists by critics and collectors. During the 2008 affair, each time a photograph was seized by police, another from the gallery’s collection replaced it.