Photographer Unknown William Yang
Digital photo inkjet print
65 x 85 cm
Performing Arts and Music Award
About the artwork and sitter
Queensland born photographer William Yang is known for exploring universal themes through his intensely personal work. His depictions of his own family history, gay party scenes in the 70s and 80s and landscapes all point to a valuing of individual experience and highlighting of social taboos.
He uses hand written text in his work with impact, and also performs his works, delivering a monologue accompanied by still images. A survey show called Seeing And Being Seen was recently held at QAGOMA.
“This portrait captures a reflection of William from the beginnings of the exploration of his true self. From the photographer unknown, to the photographer who’s significant contribution to Australian photography spans five decades.”
About the artist
Riste Andrievski is an emerging fine art photographer. “Photography is the art medium I was drawn to with its strong graphic pictorial expressive narrative, it could enable me to tell my story. Like William, I have a migrant background who wanted to go to Brisbane as an art student and Brisbane was my parents first choice as migrants but took Wollongong as a second choice.”