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2018 @ Paper: 'Death and the image' This text investigates how the act of photography visually writes trauma. Word count: 8,137 November 2018
Text: 'Without worry ... here 'I am'" on the exhibition 'African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Part 2, June - October 2018
Photographs: "Climbing into immortality" on the work of Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940), September 2018
Review: "Terror incognita" on 'Colony: Australia 1770 - 1861' at NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne, March - July 2018
Review: "The power of intention" on Diane Arbus: American Portraits at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, March - June 2018
Review: 'Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855' at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London November 2017 - April 2018
Text: "Rare magician, strange alchemist, tells stories through visuals," on Jakob Tuggener - Machine time at Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur, Zurich, October 2017 - January 2018
Book review: "Truth and consequence in red dirt country" on The Lumen Seed by Judith Crispin (2016) January 2018
Text/Exhibition: 'Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925' at the Princeton University Art Museum, October 2017 - January 2018

2017 @ Text "Show and tell" on 'The Unflinching Gaze: photo media and the male figure' at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, November 2017
Review: "Extending the possibilities of the universe" on René Magritte: The Revealing Image, Photos and Films at the Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, November 2017
Review: "Double take"on An unorthodox flow of images at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne Part 2
Vale William Heimerman (1950-2017) "William Heimerman: the essence of 344" October 2017
Review: "Very Pauline" on Queer British Art 1861-1967 at Tate Britain, London, September 2017
Review: "Still singing, still Dreaming, still loving... not dying," on Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne, July 2017
Review: "Reading either side of the sign: Bronwyn Oliver and the invitation to imagine" on The sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria, February 2017
Text/Exhibition: 'Soulèvements / Uprisings' at Jeu de Paume, Paris, January 2017

2016 @ Text/Photographs: Mother Boats C.P. (Brian Traynor). 'Los Angeles Pride Parade' June 1970, October 2016
Paper: 'Exposure: The white Australian male in portrait photography 1858-1914' presented at 'Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914' international conference, The University of Melbourne, September 2016
Exhibition: 'Roberto Donetta Photographer and Seed Salesman from Bleniotal' at Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur, Zurich, May - September 2016
Review: 'Henry Talbot: 1960s Fashion Photographer' at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, May - August 2016
Text/Exhibition: "One wrong does not a life make" / 'Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March - July 2016
Review: "An independent vision" - 'Max and Olive: The photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain' at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, May - July 2016
Review: 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, December 2015 - April 2016
Carte de visite: William Bardwell, photographer - Alfred William Howitt, William Barak and unidentified man, April 2016
Review: 'Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan' at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, January - April 2016
Photography/text: Alexander Gardner: 'Memories of the War. Illustrations of the Grand Review' and Matthew Brady photographs of the Grand Review March 2016
Exhibition: 'Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872' at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, September 2015 - March 2016
Review: 'Trent Parke: The camera is god' at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, November 2015 - February 2016
Text: "The multiple singularities of photography: Photograph, photographer, negative, print" / Exhibition: 'Every Photograph is an Enigma' at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, February 2016
Exhibition: 'The Time Between: The Sequences of Minor White' at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, October 2015 - January 2016

2015 @ Review: 'Reality, passing' / 'William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2015' at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, September - November 2015
Text: 'The road less travelled' / Exhibition: 'Julia Margaret Cameron: from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, August - October 2015
Text: 'Reflections on David: In a galaxy all of his own' / Exhibition: 'David Bowie is' at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, October 2015
Exhibition: 'Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography' at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, September 2015
Exhibition: 'Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust' at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, September 2015
Photographs and text: 'Quandong, New South Wales, Australia 1887', July 2015
Research paper: 'Beginnings: The International Photographic Collection at the National Gallery of Victoria' May 2015
Review: 'What's the story' / 'Earth Matters: contemporary photographers in the landscape' at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, March - May 2015
Text: Hands / Class - Tree, Surface, Root; Artist in focus: Larry Fink - April 2015
Review: 'Richard Avedon People' at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, December 2014 - March 2015
Text 'Exposing your/self' on the exhibition: 'Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals' at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, November 2014 - February 2015
Text/Exhibition: 'Wynn Bullock: Revelations' at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, June 2014 - January 2015

2014 @ Exhibition/text: 'Everyday imagining: new perspectives on Outsider art' at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, October 2014 - January 2015
Review: 'Polixeni Papapetrou: Lost Psyche' at Stills Gallery, Sydney, October - November 2014
Text/exhibition: ‘From Steam to Diesel’ at the Portobello Library, Edinburgh, November 2014
Review: ‘Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, October 2014
Review: ‘Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, July 2014
Catalogue essay: 'Aspects of the Self (Revealed)' for the exhibition 'Hidden Talents' at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), The University of Melbourne, August 2014
Catalogue essay: 'Being (t)here: Gay liberation photography in Australia 1971-73' from my curated exhibition 'Out of the closets, onto the streets: Gay Liberation photography, 1971-73', Edmund Pearce Gallery, July 2014
Exhibition/text: 'Vivian Maier (1926-2009). A Photographic Revelation' at Château de Tours, May 2014
Review: 'The Rennie Ellis Show' at Monash Gallery of Art, Wheeler Hill, Melbourne, May 2014
Text/exhibition: ‘Australian vernacular photography’ Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), May 2014
Text/review: 'A Vocabulary of Printing and the Syntax of the Image' from the exhibition 'KHEM' at Strange Neighbour, Melbourne, May 2014
Review/Text: 'Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion' at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, February 2014
Text: 'Facile, Facies, Facticity' Dr Marcus Bunyan, January 2014

2013 @ Review: 'Claudia Terstappen: In The Shadow Of Change' at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, December 2013
Text: 'Made ready: A Philosophy of Moments' Dr Marcus Bunyan, December 2013
Text: 'Transgressive Topographies, Subversive Photographies, Cultural Policies' Dr Marcus Bunyan September 2012 published October 2013
Review: 'Joyce Evans: Edge of the road' at the Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne, October 2013
Review: 'Carol Jerrems: photographic artist' at the Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne, Sept 2013
Opening speech: 'John Cato Retrospective' and book launch at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, August 2013
Catalogue essay: 'Intimations of Mor(t)ality: Sudarios (Shrouds) by Erika Diettes' for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, August 2013
Text: 'Un/settling Aboriginality' July 2013
Text: 'Ernest Cole: Journeys through photojournalism, social documentary photography and art' July 2013
Review: 'Johsel Namkung: A Retrospective' published by Cosgrove Editions, 2013
Video: ‘InsideArt – Marcus Bunyan’ talks about the exhibition Confounding: Contemporary Photography at NGV International, Melbourne March 2013
Video: ‘Marcus Bunyan – what makes a great photograph?’ at the CCP, Melbourne, online March 2013
Review: 'Jeff Wall Photographs' at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, March 2013
Text: 'Orality, (n)framing and enactment in the art of Jacqui Stockdale' in IANN magazine Vol.8, 'Unfound in Australia', October 2012 (published online January 2013)

2012 @ Public talk: 'This is not my favourite photograph' part of ‘What makes a great photograph?’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Fitzroy, December 2012
Review/Text: 'Downfall of a dream: (n)framing the enigma in Gregory Crewdson's 'Beneath the Roses'' from ‘Gregory Crewdson: In A Lonely Place’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Fitzroy, October 2012
Paper: 'Traversing the unknown' presented at the 'Travel Ideals' international conference, July 2012 published October 2012
Text: 'The defining of Apollonian and Dionysian ideals in images of the male body' (1996) published September 2012
Review/Text: 'How Light Works' from 'Light Works' at NGV International, Melbourne, September 2012
Text on 'Weegee: Murder Is My Business' at the International Center of Photography, New York, August 2012
Text: 'On the Nature of Photography' from 'Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity' at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, August 2012
Text: 'Transit' series by Katrin Koenning July 2012
Review: 'Lost & Found: Family Photos Swept away by the 3.11 East Japan Tsunami' at the CCP Melbourne
Review: 'Fred Kruger: Intimate Landscapes' at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
Text: 'The Eye that sees the Sun: Andrew Follows and his Tabula rasa' from 'Through the Looking Glass Dimly' at The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh Art Festival
Opening speech: 'Out of Sight, Out of Mind' for the exhibition Traverse by Kim Percy at Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria

2011 @ Essay: 'Now you see it, now you don't: the history and conservation of The Keith Haring Mural, Johnston Street, Collingwood, Melbourne'
Opening speech: 'Movement and Emotion' and 'Jodie Noble Solo' exhibitions at Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
Essay/Review: 'Un/aware and in re/pose: the self, the subject and the city': essay about surveillance, the gaze, the camera, the self, the subject and the city.
Review: 'Scott's Last Expedition' at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Text: The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) Hobart
Opening speech: 'John Bodin: Rite of Passage' at Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond
Review: ‘American Dreams: 20th century photography from George Eastman House’ at Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Review: 'Time Machine: Sue Ford' at Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Victoria
Review: Bill Henson at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Text/Review: 'In Spates' by Sam Shmith at Arc One Gallery, Melbourne: examines 'The Digital Punctum'
Review: 'NETWORKS (cells & silos)' at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Caulfield
Review: 'Sidney Nolan: Drought Photographs' at Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Review: 'Stormy Weather: Contemporary Landscape Photography' at NGV Australia, Melbourne: investigates contemporary Australian landscape photography
Review: 'Luminous Cities: Photographs of the Built Environment' at NGV International, Melbourne: examines early collecting policies of vintage prints by international photographers at the NGV

2010 @ Review: 'An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar' by Taryn Simon at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy
Review: 'Up Close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang' at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Review: 'Ricky Swallow: The Bricoleur' at The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Melbourne

2009 @ Text: 'The Passing of Memory: resurrecting a photograph for the series 'The Shape of Dreams'' 2009
Review: 'Unforced Intimacies' by Patricia Piccinini at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Review: 'Long Distance Vision: Three Australian Photographers' at The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
Review: 'presentation/representation: photography from Germany' at the Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne
Review: 'Jonh Brack' retrospective at The National Gallery of Victoria, NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
Review: 'Tacita Dean' at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne
Review: 'My Jesus Lets Me Rub His Belly' exhibition by Martin Smith at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
Review: 'Mark Strizic: Melbourne - A City in Transition (Rare Silver Gelatin Photographs)' at Gallery 101, Melbourne
Review: 'Order and disorder: archives and photography' at the National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne

2008 @
Launch of Art Blart art and writing blog at

2006 @
'Pressing the Flesh: Sex, Body Image and the Gay Male': website adaptation of PhD research undertaken at RMIT University, featuring research on the photographic collections at The Kinsey Institute and The Minor White Archive.
'Mis en Scene: Vision and the Digital Paradigm': paper presented at 'Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 2006 Annual Conference 'Reinventing the Medium', Monash University.

2005 @
'SynchroMate: A Phatic Technology for Mediating Intimacy': paper presented at 'DUX 2005', San Francisco, Nov 3-5th 2005.

2004 @
'Research Through Practice: Interdisciplinary Research and Artistic Production': paper presented at COFA seminar 'Research Through Practice : Beyond Research Equivalence in Art and Design', Sydney, NSW, 2004.
'Using Cultural Probes to Explore Mediated Intimacy': paper published in 'Proceedings of OzCHI 2004: Supporting Community Interaction: Possibilities and Challenges', University of Wollongong, 22-24 November, 2004.
'The Delicious Fields: Exploring Man Ray's 'Rayographs' in a Digital Future': paper published in The University of Queensland Vanguard magazine 'Man Ray : Life, Work & Themes', 2004.
'Mediating Intimacy: Digital Kisses and Cut and Paste Hugs': paper presented at 'BCSHCI' conference, England, 2004.

2002 @
'Spaces That Matter: Awareness and Entropia and the Imaging of Place': paper presented at The 'Mediated Spaces' Symposium, The University of Melbourne, October 2002.
'Memory From Memory': catalogue essay for an exhibition by John Billan and Jennifer Sochackyj at West Space Gallery, Melbourne.
'... And His Forms Were Without Number': catalogue essay on the photographic work of Dr. John Cato 1971 - 1991.

2001 @
'Pressing the Flesh: Sex, Body Image and the Gay Male': PhD research dissemination comprising a CD ROM and thesis available through RMIT University Library, Melbourne.

1999 @
'Sex and Sensibility: Gay Eth(n)ics into the New Millennium': paper presented at 'HID3, Proceedings of the 3rd National Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual Health Conference', Adelaide, South Australia, 1999.

1998 @
'Darkness/Colour': catalogue essay for the exhibition of the same name at The Photographers Gallery, Melbourne.
'Trans(a)gressions and the Body-Image': paper presented at 'HID2, Proceedings of the 2nd National Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual Health Conference', Melbourne, Victoria, 22-24 January 1998.