The Patient Planet A World History in 255 photographs: 1941— ’95

The Patient Planet surveys fifty years of international documentary photography and photojournalism as published in the Swiss magazine du.


The exhibition includes more than 250 photographs by 108 photographers from Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Britain and the former state of Czechslovakia ,the United States, Central and South America, Japan, Cuba, Morocco and Lebanon.


Some of the best known photographers represented include: Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Brassai, Herbert List, Bill Brandt, Edward Steichen, Constantin Brancusi (better known as a sculptor) and members of the Magnum photo agency in Paris such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.


The Patient Planet explores a number of the most tumultuous moments and themes of World history over the past fifty years. Some of the major themes in the exhibition include: The Aftermath of World War II in Europe, The Cold War, China and Tibet, The United States from the 1950s to the 1970s, Work and Faces – featuring images of some of the world’s best known characters ;Eva Perron, Jean-Paul Satre, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.  Creative Moments features posed portraits of artists; including Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg and dynamic images of artists at work including Jackson Pollock and film-maker Michelangelo Antonioni.


RMIT Gallery also displays a selection of Australian photographs from Monash Gallery of Art ‘s permanent collection. This includes forty images by fourteen significant Australian photographers – Wolfgang Seivers, David Moore, Mark Strizic, Axel Poignant and Leah King-Smith.