Max Pam is a world acclaimed Australian photographer. Born in Melbourne in 1949, he grew up in a suburban, oppressive and culturally isolated environment. The emerging counter-culture of the late 60s gave him the opportunity of an escape route to the world.
Max Pam left Australia at 20 to assist an astrophysicist as a photographer. This first trip overseas from Calcutta to London proved to be initiatory. Ever since, travelling has remained the red thread to his creative and personal development. Overtime, Pam has hanged around in many places on Earth but has kept his humanity, his optimism and sense of empathy.
His “carnets de voyage” are a fantastic occasion to take a fresh and “unpolitically correct” look at countries you may already know. Once accepted his fantasy, his artistic freedom and taste for provocation, you see the world through his eyes, those of a “forever” teenager who pursues the dreams of the 60s. Every picture looks a gift and an unexpected encounter between the viewer, the character and this white stranger with round glasses and long hair!
Max Pam currently teaches photomedia at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.
Publications include the leading international journals; his photographs are represented in major public and private collections in Australia, Great Britain, France and Japan.
Awards & Prizes:
2010: winner of the International Category prize at PhotoEspaña, Festival of photography and visual arts, Madrid
1992: Grand Prix du Livre Photographique for "Going East", Paris
2013: Supertourist, Editions Bessard, Paris
2012: Burma, Zine Collection #4, Editions Bessard, Paris
2011: Ramadan in Yemen, Editions Bessard, Paris
2009: Atlas Monograph, Max Pam & Stephen Muecke, T&G Publishing, Sydney
2002: Kailash, Les Imaginayres, Toulouse
2000: Indian Ocean Journals, Max Pam & Patrick Remy, Steidl, Göttingen
1999: Max Pam, Collection L'Oiseau Rare, Filigranes Editions, Paris
1999: Ethiopia, Les Imaginayres, Toulouse
1992: Going East: Two Decades of Asian Photography, Editions Marval, Paris
1992: Human Eye, Sogo, Nara
2004: stripTEASE – Max Pam, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Australian Embassy, Paris
2002: Meridian – Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2002: Red Light, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1999: Signature Works – 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1992: Max Pam: Retrospective, Nara Sogo Museum of Art, Nara
1990: Max Pam: 1971-1990, Comptoir de la Photo, Paris