Catch up with some old friends, when the exhibition Gifted Country, from acclaimed photographer John Elliott, comes to the Reginald Murray Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre, during October and November.
Elliott has been photographing people who make Australian music for over 40 years, and this exhibition brings together a selection of his iconic images of stars such as Slim Dusty, Chad Morgan, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson and many others.
“I wanted to work in the country music business but I couldn’t sing, so I did the next best thing – I photographed and wrote about the music I loved”, Elliott said.
John Elliott grew up in Blackall in western Queensland and knew from an early age that photography would play an important role in his life. He has been serious about his photography since first picking up a camera as an eleven-year-old. When John turned 30, he decided to pursue photography as a full time career. Since then, he has constantly travelled Australia documenting the Australian bush and photographing people who make Australian music.
He is the author/photographer of sixteen books, including the best-seller, On The Road With Slim – a collection of road stories from travelling with Slim Dusty. He photographed album covers for many of Slim’s best-selling records. His exhibition, Thousand Mile Stare, at the National Portrait Gallery, featured many of his country music portraits and some of these images appear in Gifted Country.
“Slim Dusty was a childhood hero of mine, and I am blessed to have worked with Slim for about the last twenty years of his remarkable life”, Elliott said. “Slim was coming to do a show in Brisbane in 1991 and somehow I made contact with Slim’s office and invited him to come to the studio while he was in Brisbane. Slim said yes. I picked him up from his motel and spent a couple of delightful hours in the studio and took some great shots of Slim. One of the shots I took of Slim that day is now in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.”
Exhibition runs from Saturday, 8 October 2022, till 30 November, 2022 at the Reginald Murray Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre, Eidsvold, QLD. The official opening will take place at 10:30am, Saturday, 8 October 2022.
For more information, contact the Reginald Murray Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre on (07) 4165 7272 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or John Elliott on 0418 119 529