The work of John Gollings is almost instantly recognisable within the field of architectural photography, not merely for its seeming ubiquity within the Australian architectural landscape, but also for the clarity of vision with which he shoots his subject. Having studied as an architect in Melbourne in the 1960’s, he photographs buildings in a way that captures the vision and experience of these spaces which goes far beyond a simple record of place. His early career saw him working within the field of advertising photography, an experience which would bring with it a unique style in both the way he shot his subject, and the final image which was produced. A building wasn’t simply a static object within the frame, but instead it radiated a sense of drama and life, so often missing from the world of architectural photography

The Freedom Club, Keysborough Parish Youth complex, Victoria 1978. Photo by John Gollings

Gollings career would coincide with a dynamic period within the architectural growth of Australia, and in particular, the city of Melbourne. Firms such as ARM and McBride Charles Ryan were making bold architectural statements that would come to define Melbourne as a centre of culture and innovation. Gollings photography, and the understanding and strength which he brought to capturing these buildings has contributed much to how Australian architecture is viewed throughout the world.

Melbourne Theatre Company by ARM. Photo by John Gollings

 

QVII McBride Charles Ryan 2004. Photo by John Gollings

Gollings’ work and career has been eloquently captured in the 2009 documentary ‘Gollings: Eye For Architecture’ by 360 Degree Films. Produced & Directed by Sally Ingleton, the film provides a fascinating insight into his working methods but also the unique vision he brings to the world of architectural photography.