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Sat 26 Mar
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About M.33

M.33 is based in Naarm/Melbourne and specializes in photo-based media. M.33 works collaboratively with artists and designers to produce books with a focus on excellent design in the service of thoughtful and thought-provoking content – the chief aim being to produce the books artists want, without the limitations imposed by commercial considerations.

‘Rebecca’,1998, Rod McNicol

Launch of ‘A Portrait’ by Rod McNicol Past Event

Presented by M.33

M.33 will be launching the long-awaited survey publication of Rod McNicol’s portraits. This delicate cloth covered book has been designed by Yanni Florence and includes an essay from Pippa Milne.

Photohistorian and curator Gael Newton AM will speak about Rod’s very particular approach to portraiture and its significance within Australian photographic practice. Books will be available for sale. Rod will be present and available to sign books

Rod McNicol Speaker

Born in 1946, Rod McNicol studied photography at Prahran College in the 1970s and completed an MFA at Monash University in 2007. Since 1978 he has lived and worked in an old warehouse/studio in Fitzroy where for more than four decades he has pursued his passion for photographic portraiture. McNicol has always drawn his subjects from the vibrant inner-city life around him. His photographs have a gentle stillness tempered by an unrelenting directness that pares portraiture back to something of its bare essence.

He won the Australian Photographic Portrait Prize at the AGNSW in 2004, and the 2012 National Photographic Portrait Prize at the NPG, Canberra. He has works in major public collections here and overseas.

Pippa Milne Writer

Pippa Milne is a writer and curator from Aotearoa New Zealand, now living and working in Australia. She has worked as a curator at Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane) and is currently senior curator at Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne).

Gael Newton AM Speaker

Canberra based photohistorian and curator, Gael Newton AM, is former Senior Curator Photography, National Gallery of Australia and has worked as a photographic art consultant and valuer since 2014. She has expertise in Australasian, Asia-Pacific and early Southeast Asian art photography and has contributed on this topic to museum publications in Singapore and Paris. Her blog ‘parting-with-your-art’ addresses practical issues of photographic legacy.