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Anne Zahalka

Anne Zahalka

Australian photographer
Anne Zahalka
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Intro Australian photographer
Is Photographer
From Australia
Type Arts
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1957, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Age 63 years
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Anne Zahalka (born 1957 in Sydney, Australia) is a contemporary Australian photographer. Zahalka was born in 1957 to a Jewish Austrian mother and Catholic Czech father. She subsequently developed an interest in Australia's migrants and diverse cultures.


Her artwork revolves around Australian culture, focusing on themes such as gender roles, leisure activities and the conventions of art. She has featured in many solo and group exhibitions between 1980 and present, as well as the artwork, Welcome to Sydney commissioned by Sydney Airport in 2002. Her solo exhibition, Hall of Mirrors, at the Centre for Contemporary Photography was the first ever mid-career retrospective held at the gallery of an Australian photographer. Additionally, Anne has held 40 solo photography exhibitions and has curated 140 group exhibitions.

Her most recognised image is The Sunbather #2, which is a part of her 1989 exhibition, Bondi: Playground of the Pacific. The appropriation ironically plays on Max Dupain's original, Sunbaker.

She has several works in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. The Tweed River Art Gallery, New South Wales, holds a copy of her photograph The Bathers.


  • (2000) Fortresses and Frontiers, Robert Sandelson Gallery - London, UK
  • (2000) Anne Zahalka, Ffotgallery Cardiff - Wales
  • (2000) Leisureland, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery - Sydney, Australia
  • (2000) Journeys in the Dream Land (Dennis Del Faver), Ffotogallery Cardiff - Wales
  • (1999) Leisureland, Anne Schwartz Gallery - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1998) Woven Threads, Gallery 4A - Sydney, Australia
  • (1998) The Body in Question, Wessel + O'Connor - New York, New York
  • (1998) Woven Threads #2, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery - Sydney, Australia
  • (1998) ICONS: Pictures of the City, Galerie Fotohof Saizburg - Austria
  • (1998) Haimish, The Jewish Museum - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1997) Woven Threads, Centre for Contemporary Photography - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1997) Distanz und Domizil, Fotographie der Gegenwart - Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany
  • (1997) Anne Zahalka, Galerie Alte Feuerwache - Mannheim, Germany
  • (1995) Collectors, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery - Sydney, Australia
  • (1995) Open House, Anna Schwartz Gallery - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1994) Gesture, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery - Sydney, Australia
  • (1993) The Art Factor: Internation Exhibition of Electronic Art, FISA - Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • (1993) Gesture, City Gallery - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1993) Locations, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1993) Fortresses and Frontiers, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery - Sydney, Australia
  • (1992) Details, City Gallery - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1991) Details Resemblances I, Claybrook Gallery - Auckland
  • (1990) Artists, City Gallery - Melbourne, Australia
  • (1990) The Readynade Boomerang, Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales - Sydney, Australia
  • (1989) Bondi: Playground of the Pacific, Bondi Pavilion - Sydney, Australia
  • (1988) Resemblance I and II, Gertrude Street - Melbourne, Australia


  • (2017) Turner Gallery Perth, Western Australia, 27 Feb – 18 March
  • (2013) HMAS Penguin residency commemorating the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy Newington College, Concordia through the Newington Women’s Fund
  • (2011) Bondi the Beautiful residency, Bondi Pavilion Gallery
  • (2008) Sofitel, Melbourne, Victoria Bundanon, Arthur Boyd Estate, New South Wales
  • (1989) Gertrude Street International Studio, 3-month residency, Melbourne Bondi Pavilion, Bondi, 6-month residency
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