John Gollings
The Hero Image

In association with Fugitive Structures 2016,
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation proudly presents

John Gollings: The Hero Image. 

Join one of Australia’s leading architectural photographers as he presents The Hero Image – a visual collection of what he believes are defining hero images from a range of work around the world, both ancient and current.

Thursday, 8 September 2016
6–8 pm, presentation to commence at 6.30 pm.

at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16-20 Goodhope Street
Paddington NSW 2021

RSVP  02 9331 1112 or via eventbrite


John Gollings AM holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from RMIT University and an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communications, RMIT University.

Gollings works in the Asia-Pacific region as an architectural photographer, much of the work involving long-term cultural projects especially in India, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Libya and New Guinea. He specialises in the documentation of cities, old and new, often from the air. He has had a particular interest in the cyclic fires and floods that characterise the Australian landscape, and he documents these with aerial photography. Gollings was co-creative director of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2010.

Books include two volumes of New Australia Style published by Thames & Hudson (1999); City of Victory, Aperture (1991); and KashgarOasis City on China’s Old Silk Road, Frances Lincoln Limited (2008). In 2012 Thames & Hudson published Beautiful Ugly, a monograph of his contemporary architectural photography.

His work is held in national and international collections including: Asia Society, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne; State Library of Queensland, Brisbane; Janet Holmes á Court Collection, Cowaramup; Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise; Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton; and the National Library of Australia, Canberra. The Kaladham Museum in Karnataka, India was built by the Jindal Steel Company to house his life’s work at the Hampi Ruins.

His work has recently been included in exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise; Immigration Museum, Melbourne; Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. In 2013, McClelland Gallery exhibited Aftermath, Gollings bushfire series from Black Saturday.

He has twice received the Australian Institute of Architects President’s Prize and in 2013 he was awarded the inaugural William J. Mitchell International Committee Prize by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Image: Narwala Gabarnmang Rock Art, 2015