Anne Zahalka

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Anne Zahalka (born 1957 in Sydney, Australia)[1] is a contemporary Australian photographer.

Life and work[edit]

Zahalka was born in 1957 to a Jewish Austrian mother and Catholic Czech father. She subsequently developed an interest in Australia's migrants and diverse cultures.[1]

Her artwork revolves around Australian culture, focusing on themes such as gender roles, leisure activities and the conventions of art. She has featured in many solo and group exhibitions between 1980 and present, as well as the artwork Welcome to Sydney commissioned by Sydney Airport in 2002.[2] Her solo exhibition, Hall of Mirrors, at the Centre for Contemporary Photography was the first ever mid-career retrospective held at the gallery of an Australian photographer.[3]

Her most recognised image is The Sunbather #2, which is a part of her 1989 exhibition, Bondi: Playground of the Pacific. [4][better source needed] The appropriation ironically plays on Max Dupain's original, Sunbaker.

She has several works in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.[5] The Tweed River Art Gallery, New South Wales, holds a copy of her photograph The Bathers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bronwyn Watson (14 May 2011). "Public Works: Anna Zahalka". The Australian. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987-2007". Centre for Contemporary Photography. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
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  5. ^ "COLLECTION: Anne ZAHALKA". National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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