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Photo of the Week: Olive Cotton

Photo of the Week - 06.03.15
By Lola Pinder


This photograph inspires you to just be still and experience the moment. Close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun on your face, perhaps the slight, salty spray of the sea and a whispering breeze. Just be. 

Olive Cotton is one of Australia’s most-loved female photographers and was a pioneer of modernist photography in Australia during the 1930s and 40s. Perhaps most famously known for her Tea cup ballet (c. 1935), Cotton photographed mostly the natural world; flowers, plants, trees and landscapes. This image, held in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is thought to be the only print Cotton made of it. The title is a line taken from the 1895 poem O Summer Sun by English poet Laurence Binyon. ACP is proud to have given Cotton her first retrospective exhibition in 1985.


Image: © Olive Cotton, Only to taste the warmth, the light, the wind, c. 1939, gelatin silver photograph.

Source: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/174.2006/