The Weekend Australian - Review - - Photography - White Sheet Se­ries

Award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Stephen Dupont be­lieves in the power of the blank can­vas. For his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, White Sheet Se­ries at Syd­ney’s Still Gallery, he places his var­ied sub­jects in front of a stark plain back­drop — a white sheet. The screen is a makeshift stu­dio for the trav­el­ling pho­to­jour­nal­ist, but it is some­thing more — a pur­pose­ful con­ceal­ment of the sub­jects’ lo­ca­tions. White Sheet Se­ries fea­tures ev­ery­thing from spir­i­tual men in re­mote In­dia, tribes in the wilds of Pa­pua New Guinea and wide-eyed Cuban school­child­ren to young women dressed to im­press at Aus­tralian race­courses. All are shot against the same plain white back­drop; the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Syd­ney-based artist’s method is both a prac­ti­cal tool and a crit­i­cal nod to the long his­tory of such back­drops in ethno­graphic pho­tog­ra­phy. runs at Still Gallery, Padding­ton, Syd­ney, un­til De­cem­ber 23.

Clock­wise from bot­tom left, Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer, Mt Ha­gen, PNG (2011); Un­ti­tled #12 (2010); Un­ti­tled #2, Ha­vana, Cuba (2013); Goroka Sings­ing, PNG (2011); Goroka Sing-sing #2 PNG (2011); Un­ti­tled #02, Rand­wick Races, (2016)

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