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What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)

What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)



On Tour

Saturday 11 June 2016 to Friday 13 September 2019
Admission: Check with venue
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What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)


Australia's premier rock photographer, Tony Mott has captured all aspects of the rock and roll lifestyle through his camera lens. An untrained photographer, he got his break with a photograph of Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the band Divinyls, and went on to become Australia’s leading rock photographer. Mott has had over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries and his images have appeared on the covers of 500 CDs, 400 posters and more than 900 magazines. Mott was the photographer the bands asked for and his portfolio features the biggest and greatest names in music such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2 as well as the rich and varied NSW independent band scene. From candid portraits to awe inspiring live shots Mott has a unique ability to connect with his subject.

Through the photography of Tony Mott the enormous changes in the music industry in Australia over the last twenty years can be tracked. The death of music street press, the loss of music venues as well the change to digital photography have all affected the music scene and as a consequence the art of rock photography.

Michael Hutchence by Tony Mott
Madonna performs live


Chrissy Amphlett's hair sounds her head like a mane as she performs live.
Chrissy Amphlett
Limp Bizkit perform live.
Limp Bizkit
Rose Tattoo performs live
Rose Tattoo
ACDC perform live
Bjork winks down the lens of the camera.




What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott

Tony Mott on getting started.
Caption on bottom


On display at the following venues. Dates listed are subject to change. Please confirm with each venue. 

Lismore Regional Gallery  - 11 June to 13 August 2016

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery - 9 December 2016 to 28 January 2017

Grafton Regional Gallery - 8 February to 25 March 2017

Wollongong Art Gallery - 25 August 2017 to 28 January 2018

Glasshouse, Port Macquarie - 9 February to 1 April 2018

Albury Library Museum  - 14 April to 10 June 2018

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre - 12 January to 17 February 2019

Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton - 9 March to 13 September 2019

Meet the curator

Portrait of Louise Tegart

Louise Tegart

Louise Tegart was the Manager of Exhibitions at the Library from 2012 to 2016. She took up the role of Assistant Director - Content and Innovation at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in March 2016. Her previous roles include Head, Special Projects and Exhibitions Historic Houses Trust, Director SH Ervin Gallery, Senior Curator University of Sydney Art Gallery, Director Latrobe Regional Gallery and Director Shepparton Art Gallery. She has curated over 100 exhibitions including several photographic exhibitions at the Library and has written widely for publications including Art Monthly, Imprint and Photofile. Outside of work one of her passions is live music.

Behind the scenes

Tony photographs Kasey Chambers at the State Library. 

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