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Dogs at Cactus, 1975

by John Witzig

Between 1967 and 1970 Paul Witzig made The Hot Generation, Evolution and Sea of Joy, documenting the brilliance of, among others, Bob McTavish, Russell Hughes, George Greenough, Nat Young, Ted Spencer and, notably, the young Wayne Lynch. An ensuing project was Rolling Home, an adventure-travel documentary featuring Hawaiian surfer Reno Abellira. That film took Witzig and his partner Marianne to Cactus, south of Penong in South Australia. The crew, including architect Judy Bray, built this house for three dollars and Paul and Marianne settled there in 1975. They made substantial improvements over the course of the next few years, before moving to northern New South Wales, where, in due course, Witzig completed his MA in architecture.

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Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon
Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon

Arcadia

Sound of the sea

Previous exhibition, 2014

An exhibition of photographs by John Witzig, drawings by Nicholas Harding and film footage by Albe Falzon, expressive of the free-spirited, hot-blooded energy of Australian surfers under the cloud of conscription to Vietnam.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.