Lisa Garland

Lisa Garland lives and works on the North West Coast of Tasmania. She is a photographer who specializes in large scale, silver-gelatin portraits and spaces. A private space made public through the act of photographing. The beauty and excitement that comes with the find. For twenty years Garland has documented the lives and homes of interesting and often eccentric people that reside on the remote West and North West Coast of Tasmania. Her images are documented using traditional means, being large format photography. Moody and sympathetic to detail, Garland’s evocative black and white images are a far cry from the average studio portrait.

Garland completed a Bachelor of Fine arts at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart in 1992 followed by a diploma of Education. She has been shortlisted for a number of wards including the National Portrait Prize , the Hobart City Art prize and Tidal; the City of Devonport Art Award. Garland won the Moorilla Prize in 2007. Garland’s work is held in private and public collections, including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Tasmania, the Devonport Regional Gallery, the Burnie Regional Gallery and the Museum of Old and New Art.

‘we see things not as they are, but as we are’

“I am fortunate to live on the North West Coast of Tasmania surrounded by unique spaces and people. I document ‘the find’ and my work represents people, objects and spaces that I consider unique and beautiful. Documentary photography drives my practice, I am interested in the real, it is important that it is recorded on film, hopefully, for a lifetime. I document life. Max Dupain states: ‘photography must do more than entertain, it must incite thought and by its clear statements and actuality, cultivate a sympathetic understanding of men and women and life they live and create’.” L. Garland