Where Melbourne - - Where Now Exhibitions - Left: Wil­liam Eg­gle­ston Por­traits, 17 March–18 June 2017 at NGV In­ter­na­tional: “Un­ti­tled”, c.1970. Pig­ment print, printed 2016, 51 x 34.2cm. Eg­gle­ston Artis­tic Trust. © Eg­gle­ston Artis­tic Trust.

The in­au­gu­ral NGV Fes­ti­val of Pho­tog­ra­phy is the largest dis­play of pho­tog­ra­phy in the NGV’S his­tory. Pre­sented across mul­ti­ple gal­leries at both NGV In­ter­na­tional and NGV Aus­tralia, the fes­ti­val com­prises five solo ex­hi­bi­tions. These in­clude ma­jor pre­sen­ta­tions by Mel­bur­nian Bill Hen­son, whose work is cel­e­brated for its cine­matic beauty around the world, and Wil­liam Eg­gle­ston, who is widely re­garded as a pi­o­neer of the use of colour pho­tog­ra­phy in art. There are also solo ex­hi­bi­tions fea­tur­ing the works of Pa­trick Pound, Zoë Crog­gon and Ross Coul­ter. The fes­ti­val also high­lights new ac­qui­si­tions of in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­phers’ works, in­clud­ing the work of Elad Lassry, So­phie Calle, Polly Bor­land, Pi­eter Hugo and Thomas De­mand. From 10 March, NGV In­ter­na­tional, 180 St Kilda Road, Mel­bourne and The Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia, Fed­er­a­tion Square, Mel­bourne. 8620 2222.

“Wild Colo­nial Boys: Bushrangers in Vic­to­ria” on at Old Trea­sury Build­ing re­veals Vic­to­ria’s long bushrang­ing his­tory. From the 1840s, gangs of bushrangers roamed in search of vul­ner­a­ble trav­ellers and stock, ter­ror­is­ing re­mote set­tle­ments and cre­at­ing pub­lic panic. The ad­vent of gold drew more such men to the Colony. Visi­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion can learn about the first bushrangers con­victed in 1842 who were tried and ex­e­cuted pub­licly as an ex­am­ple to oth­ers. Then there’s the au­da­cious gang who held up trav­ellers on St Kilda Road in the 1850s. You’ll also learn about John (Jack) Doolan, who in­spired part of the well-known bushrang­ing song “The Wild Colo­nial Boy”, and the Kelly Gang in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria’s most fa­mous—ned Kelly.

On­go­ing, Sun–fri 10am–4pm, Old Trea­sury Build­ing, 20 Spring Street, Mel­bourne. 9651 2233.

Ned Kelly.

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