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Martyn Jolly

Head of Photography and Media Arts and Digital Arts coordinator
Photography-and-Media-Arts
Martyn.Jolly@anu.edu.au
Location: School of Art Building 105 1.28P
Phone: +61 (2) 6125 5815

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Dr Martyn Jolly is an artist and a writer. He completed his PhD on fake photographs and photographic affect at the University of Sydney in 2003.His book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography was published in the UK, US and Australia in 2006. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2006 he was one of three artists commissioned to design and build the Act Bushfire Memorial. In 2013 he received a $20,000 grant from The Australia Council for research into Photography Curating in the Age of Photo Sharing.


Full Biography

In July, Martyn Jolly won a $20,000 Australia Council Grant (along with Dr Daniel Palmer from Monash University) to research the impact of new technology and the internet on photography curating in Australia.

His article ‘Has the digital revolution changed documentary photography? ‘, was published in the State Library of New South Wales Magazine in May; and  ‘Mark Strizic: Experimenter and Collaborator’, was published in the National Library of Australia Magazine in August. His article ‘Soldiers of the Cross: Time, narrative and Affect’, will be published in the Journal of Early Popular Culture in November.

He presented papers on ‘Herbert Booth and Joseph Perry’s Soldiers of the Cross of 1900’, at the National Film and Sound Archive, in March;  ‘Children and Urban Space’, at the  Robert Rooney Seminar, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, in April; and ‘The male body in Australian photography’, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales photography symposium, in July.

He will present papers on’ Reality Effects: 2.5D and contemporary documentaries’, at  The Power of Images, Sir Peter Herbst seminars, at the ANU in September; and on ‘Art from Archives’, at the Shaping Canberra conference, Humanities Research Centre, in September.

Dr Martyn Jolly is an artist and a writer. He completed his PhD on fake photographs and photographic affect at the University of Sydney in 2003.His book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography was published in the UK, US and Australia in 2006. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2006 he was one of three artists commissioned to design and build the Act Bushfire Memorial.

Dr Martyn Jolly has exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria in the exhibition Ten Ways to Look at the Past, and at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in the exhibition Imitation of Life. In 2011 he undertook a Scholars and Artist in Residence Fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive researching their collection of magic lantern glass slides, as well as a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia researching 1960s Australian photography as it was used on the printed page. He delivered a paper at a seminar on contemporary Australian photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 9 April, as well as a paper on 1980s Australian tableau photography at a seminar at the National Gallery of Australia on 21 May, and gave a floor talk on the National Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery on 13 April. He was a folio reviewer at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in August.

Streaming video of Fenella Kernebone interview with Martyn Jolly about Alfred Stieglitz at Art Gallery of New South Wales Click on link

Audio download of Martyn Jolly lecture about Alfred Stieglitz at Art Gallery of New South Wales Click on link

Martyn Jolly review of National Portrait Gallery exhibition 'Present Tense Click on link

In March 2013, Martyn was guest judge of the $25,000 National Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, which included two students from Photography and Media Arts. He and the National Portrait Gallery judges awarded the prize to Janelle Low’s photograph Yhonnie and Indiana.

In March 2013 he gave a paper ‘Herbert Booth and Joseph Perry’s Soldiers of the Cross of 1900’ at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

In April 2013 he gave a paper ‘Children and Urban Space’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

In July 2013 he traveled to Singapore to be the expert academic advisor to Singapore Polytechnic.

In July 2013 he gave a paper ‘The male body in Australian photography’, as part of the Modernist Bodies symposium at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

In September 2013 he gave a paper at the Shaping Canberra Conference, Humanities Research Centre, ANU

In September 2013 he gave the paper Reality Effects: 2.5D and contemporary documentaries in The Power of Images, Sir Peter Herbst seminars, ANU

In 2013 he received a $20,000 grant from The Australia Council for research into Photography Curating in the Age of Photo Sharing.

Dr Martyn Jolly to be guest speaker at the opening of No Place, featuring the work of international photographers James Casebere ,Yao Lu, Giacamo Costa, and  Lori Nix, at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Friday March 7.  Visit to: http://www.artmuseum.uq.edu.au/coming-soon

 

Exhibitions

In 2013 Martyn Jolly exhibited new work in the exhibition Undertone, at the Front Gallery in May; and will create a new installation for the exhibition Shaping Canberra, at the ANU School of Art Gallery, in September. His work will be included in a major survey of ACT photography at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in November.

Les Revenants, group exhibition of four artists at Montreal Arts Interculturels, as part of Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal, September, curated by Martha Langford as part of Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal, 8 September to 5 November 2005. Catalogue: Image &:  Imagination: le Mois de la Photo a Montreal 2005, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, edited by Martha Langford.

Good Looking: Narrative Photographs Past and Present, group exhibition curated by Kate Rhodes, Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Victoria. National Gallery of Victoria, National Library of Australia 
2005. Catalogue: Good Looking: Narrative Photographs Past and Present Kate Rhodes, National Gallery of Victoria.

In May 2013 he exhibited new work in the group exhibition Undertone, at the Front Gallery.

In September 2013 he exhibited new work in the group exhibition Shaping Canberra, at the ANU School of Art Gallery.

Martyn Jolly was included in Lens Love: the Tender Gaze of Six Canberra Region Photographers, Canberra Museum and Gallery, 30 November 2013 to 23 February 2014

 

Qualifications

PhD, University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts. Topic: Fake Photographs: Making Truths in Photography. 2003.

Master of Arts by research, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney. Topic: The Perpendicular and the Oblique, 1995. Graduate Diploma in Communications (Writing and the Philosophy of Culture), University of Technology, Sydney, 1991.

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Sydney College of the Arts, 1981.

Publications

Martyn Jolly's article, Facial Velocities, about the impact of new technologies on the meaning of the human face, has appeared in the new online magazine Time Machine.

Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography, monograph first published by the British Library, 2006; Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne; Mark Batty Publisher, New York.

2011 ‘Generating a new sense of place in the age of the metaview’, Journal of Australian Studies, 2011 Volume 35, Issue 4. With James Steele

His article The Australian National University’s Inkjet Research Facility appeared in  Imprint Magazine in March 2013

His review of Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich’s performance Art School Anecdote appeared in Art Monthly Australia in May 2013.

His article Has the digital revolution changed documentary photography? appeared in the State Library of New South Wales Magazine in May 2013.

His article Mark Strizic will appeared in National Library Magazine in June 2013.

2013 ‘Soldiers of the Cross: Time, Narrative and Affect’, Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture, 2013 Vol 11, Issue 4, 293-311.

‘A Nineteenth Century Melbourne Spiritualist’s carte-de-visite album’, chapter in the book Migration and Exchange, edited by Anne Maxwell, Queensland Centre for Photography, (forthcoming April 2014).

2014 Art from Archives, Public History Review, 2014(forthcoming)

 

Collections

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Australia

Canberra Museum and Gallery

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