MGA COLLECTION ARTIST
‘A Portrait’ is the first comprehensive publication of Rod McNicol’s distinctive portraits, ranging from those of his peers in his first exhibition in 1978, through to his now iconic ‘time’ series and his acclaimed portraits of the ever – changing denizens of his neighbourhood or his ‘village’ as he terms it. Each image is rooted in a time and place but shares a rigorous approach and a disciplined formality reminiscent of the mug shot. But in contrast to the sterility of the mug shot, each of McNicol’s images is imbued with the sense of our common human condition.
Features essay by MGA Senior Curator Pippa Milne
Rod McNicol has been making photographic portraits for over thirty years. He has become one of Australia’s most celebrated portrait photographers, recognised for his decades-long, singular dedication to photographing his fellow travellers. However, to simply describe him as a ‘portrait photographer’ is to overlook the very specific way in which he engages with this genre.
Cloth bound hard cover