Exhibition Runs June 2nd - July 7th 2015


OPENING NIGHT - Thursday June 4th - 6.30PM  Public Welcome

Dragons & Horses – An exhibition of photographs by Liam Lynch

“Each print is a handmade one-off… which seems fitting to do justice to the incredible natural beauty that Lynch’s images capture.” – Lachlan Gardiner, Capture Magazine July/August 2014

An intrepid nature-lover and image-hunter, Australia’s Liam Lynch goes far from the beaten track to create his images. Lynch is also a devotee of the palladiotype photographic process, which requires another excursion far beyond the norm. This painstaking technique shows a dedication to the labour of printing that is rare today.

After weeks underwater communing with these unique animals, Lynch is soon elbow-deep in alchemy: paper stocks are hand-coated with emulsion, and chemicals mixed from scratch. As a result of the 19th century process used, the images look genuinely antique in many ways, reminiscent of Joseph Banks’ catalogues, or Darwin’s specimen collections. Each image is composed using underwater backdrops that are carefully manoeuvred behind the subject and lit to create a “studio like” feel. 

Yet these works have a modern edge… Lynch combines the ancient palladiotype method with new technology and equipment to produce the final result. Using a contact printing method which requires a negative the same size as the final print, Lynch brings the raw files into a computer, then prints them out at the required size at high resolution on transparent sheets. The result is a high-quality negative ready for printing. The negative is then laid directly onto the paper and exposed to light, after which the paper can be developed into the finished print.

For Lynch crossing the line from machine-made to hand-made does necessitate a substantial commitment, and the work is certainly labour-intensive. But in the end, what unfolds before the eyes is no ordinary photograph. Each is a true work of art.

–Maree Coote, Author, The Art of Being Melbourne

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Leafy Seadragon - Figure 3 © Liam Lynch 2015

LLP Weedy Detail1Weedy Sea Dragon - Detail 1 © Liam Lynch 2015

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Weedy Seadragon - Figure 2 © Liam Lynch 2015

LLP Weedy Detail2Weedy Sea Dragon - Detail 2 © Liam Lynch 2015



Past Exhibitions

  • 2016 Showcase
  • Liam Lynch - EXHIBITION
  • AL'S SCRAP - Leon Bird
  • POST APOCALYPSE - Ric Wallis
  • A PRIVATE COLLECTION - Graham Shearer
  • A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF GRANGE - Milton Wordley
  • GRAIN OF INDIA - Dallas Graham
  • 2014 Canon AIPP APPA Exhibition
  • BIFB Collection 2014
  • SPEED OF LIGHT - Neil Duncan
  • OVER LAKE EYRE - Ric Wallis
  • LIQUIDITY - Eugene Tan
  • BIFB 2013
  • FRAGMENTS+ - Roger Arnall
  • BIFB Collection 2013
  • ANIMUS - Liam Lynch
  • TRANSLUCENCE - Jacqui Dean
  • NIKON - WALKLEY 2013