ACP's final exhibition for 2015, The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the Age of the Jpeg, certainly brought in the crowds at its launch last Friday. More than 700 people crowded into ACP's Paddington galleries to see the show – joining exhibition curators, Suzanne Buljan, Cherine Fahd and Martyn Jolly, as well as a huge number of The Alchemists artists from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Thailand and New Zealand.
The exhibition was officially launched with an inspiring speech by Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, and was a great cause for celebration, being one of the largest group show ACP has ever held, spanning all three downstairs gallery spaces. The Alchemists features 25 artists from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Japan, showcasing a panoply of analogue and digital-hybrid photographic techniques and tools, from Tintypes and Daguerreotypes to Kirilian cameras.
Guests to the opening were also treated to Darkroom Social, an exhibition of works made in ACP's black and white darkroom throughout the year.
All images are © Michael Waite, 2015.