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)