Notes Towards a History of Australia.
Photographs by Peter Milne.
T&G/QCP, 2011. 120 pp., 100 color and duotone illustrations, 9½x11".
Dr. Peter Milne is one of Australia’s most significant journalistic and
fine art photographers, with a practice spanning over 25 years. Born in
Melbourne, Milne has been widely exhibited and published throughout
Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. Milne has previously
published a photographic book titled Fish in a Barrel, his own personal
documentation of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on tour. This well
received publication was distributed in Australia, the United Kingdom
and North America. Milne holds a PhD, along with a Masters in Visual
Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography). He has lectured in
many Australian universities including the University of Queensland,
Queensland University of Technology, and Griffith University. Recent
Australian solo exhibitions include ‘Brief Shining Moment’ (2007 -
2009), ‘Running Dogs’ (2009) and ‘Beautiful Lies’ (2009).
Recently, Milne’s latest bodies of work have steered away from
documentation towards more subjective, personal expression. Milne’s
affection for the narrative combines with his interest in Australian
history and politics to create theatrical scenes through which the
intricate stories of real Australian heroes are told. Milne’s background
in journalistic photography gives him a strong respect for the ‘truth’
of reality, so it is with this frame of mind that Milne meticulously
researches the lives of the personalities he represents. However, this
historical ‘truth’ is sieved and reinterpreted through Milne’s vision and
the constructed nature of the photograph. Truth is simultaneously
represented and warped by theatrical dramatisation, which is
essentially a lie.
Edited by Maurice Ortega, QCP. Photo edited by Helen Frajman, M.33
Contributors: Michael Stone-Richard, Associate Professor + Interim
Chair Department of Liberal Arts College for Creative Studies.
Dr Darren Tofts, Professor of Media & Communications Faculty of Life
& Social Sciences Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Courtney
Pedersen, Study Area Coordinator, Visual Arts Art and Design,
Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.