documentary films on the creative arts

Susan Van Wyk

Susan Van Wyk
Peter M Lamont
Jason McQuoid


In 2014 I collaborated with Edmund Pearce Gallery to rpoduce a series of short films about photography.  In this third episode, EP director Jason McQuoid interiewed Susan Van Wyk who is the senior curator for photography at the NGV in Melbourne, Australia. 

The Department of Photography holds around 15,500 photographs ranging in date from the 1840s to contemporary works. Highlights of the collection include the earliest photographs of Aboriginal peoples taken by Douglas Kilburn, important nineteenth-century French, British and American works, major works by Man Ray and Australia’s largest collection of photographs by Athol Shmith. We hold a major collection of photographs by Bill Henson as well as significant contemporary Australian photographs by Tracey Moffat, Rosemary Laing and David Stephenson. In addition the collection includes important contemporary international works by Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, Cindy Sherman, Richard Mosse, Zanele Muholi, Ayana V. Jackson and Zhang Huan.