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Graham Miller PLAYING THE MAN Turner Galleries 20 SEPTEMBER – 19 OCTOBER September 24, 2019

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Dr Sean Gorman opened Graham Miller’s PLAYING THE MAN exhibition at the Turner Gallery by quoting an absent Bruce McAvaney’s description of the work as ‘delicious’.

Graham Miller inhabits the ubiquitous Scanlens chewing gum footy cards with aplomb and veracity to create homage to the history of the WAFL and VFL and the players and the AFL’s cultural contribution to Australian sporting history. There is humour and insight into the time and place that has framed Miller himself and is shaping a new world of football that questions who and what we are as a nation.

It is both pop culture and Wake in Fright, as Dr Sean Gorman points out to us and lists Graham Miller’s challenges in coming to a Perth boarding school from Hong Kong and learning the ropes of dealing with the Australian male psyche. There is humour in the photos and a sense of racism and abuse that footballers who were different endured, like the Asian rover Les Fong in the 70′s and in modern times the indigenous footballer Adam Goodes.

There are deep questions to ask and deep scars in the history of this sport that is played only in Australia and Graham Miller has successfully asked these questions.

Focus on Graham Miller: Art Gallery of Western Australia November 23, 2015

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WA FOCUS GRAHAM MILLER
Art Gallery of Western Australia

Graham Miller is one of Western Australia’s most important photographers. He is known for his atmospheric images that combine cinematic vision with the eye-for-subtle-detail of a short story writer.

Generous in spirit and outlook, his works are emotionally rich and often moving portraits of people and places. Each portrait invites curiosity about the possible events that have brought his subjects to this point in their lives, and each landscape evokes the sensation of being fully within the urban and natural environments presented.

Included in this display are works from Miller’s most important series, Waiting for the Miracle 2010 that developed from Miller’s response to the Leonard Cohen song of the same name; All That is Solid Melts into Air 2013/2014 that charts the people and landscapes of the Blue Mountains around Katoomba; and American Photographs a body of work taken on an American road trip in 2009. The exhibition also include two works shot in China in 2010, five small duo-tone riso prints on the subject of looking, and several Australian works not yet exhibited by Miller.

Robert Cook

Curator of Photography and International Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Graham Miller story on The Heavy Collective June 17, 2015

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Graham Miller story on The Heavy Collective run by Jack Harries and Geordie Cargill from Sydney.

The Heavy Collective is an Australian online photography publication in search of a new home.