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Arcadia

Sound of the sea

Daily from Thursday 14 August 2014 until Sunday 19 October 2014
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nigel Coates and Murray Smith, WA, 1972 by John Witzig
Nigel Coates and Murray Smith, WA, 1972 by John Witzig
Ted at Bells Beach, 1971 by John Witzig
Ted at Bells Beach, 1971 by John Witzig
Bells steps, c. 1975 by John Witzig
Bells steps, c. 1975 by John Witzig
Prevelly Park (Geoff Sedovic and Nigel Coates), 1971 by John Witzig
Prevelly Park (Geoff Sedovic and Nigel Coates), 1971 by John Witzig
Dogs at Cactus, 1975 by John Witzig
Dogs at Cactus, 1975 by John Witzig
Wayne Lynch at Possum Creek, 1969 by John Witzig
Wayne Lynch at Possum Creek, 1969 by John Witzig
Pandanus scrub, 2014 by Nicholas Harding
Pandanus scrub, 2014 by Nicholas Harding

‘By simply surfing we are supporting the revolution.’ - Nat Young.

Arcadia is an exhibition of lyrical, richly-textured photographs by John Witzig, co-founder of Tracks magazine and founder of SeaNotes, with huge ink drawings by Nicholas Harding and psychedelic film footage by Albert Falzon. Imbued with a Romantic conception of the awesome and spiritually restorative force of the sea, it expresses the free-spirited, revolutionary character of a group of young and perfectly-formed Australian surfers in the early 1970s.

John Witzig's Arcadia: a chat in the photography studio
Video: 5 minutes 41 seconds

19 portraits

1Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon. 2Nigel Coates and Murray Smith, WA, 1972 by John Witzig. 3Ted at Bells Beach, 1971 by John Witzig. 4Bells steps, c. 1975 by John Witzig. 5Prevelly Park (Geoff Sedovic and Nigel Coates), 1971 by John Witzig. 6Dogs at Cactus, 1975 by John Witzig.

Related people

Nat Young

John Witzig

Dr Sarah Engledow (curator)

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