John Bodin




1982 BA Arts, Photography RMIT Melbourne


AIPP (Australian Institute Professional Photography) member with double master status       

Chairman RMIT Program Advisory Committee 2003 to 2009

2006 Recipient AIPP Honorary Life Member


Solo Exhibitions

2011 Anita Traverso Gallery Richmond Melbourne – ‘Rite of Passage’

2009 Anita Traverso Gallery Richmond Melbourne – ‘Urban Edge’

2006 Anita Traverso Gallery Richmond Melbourne – ‘Urban+Landscape Abstractions’


2015 Natasha Bowness – Shrouded Beauty #2

2012 Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre – ‘So Ghostly Easy’ from Rite of Passage series

2011 ArtBank - 3 works from ‘Rite of Passage’ series

2010 City of Yarra permanent collection ‘Midnight Solitude’

Selected Awards

2014 Bowness Photography Prize Finalist ‘Shrouded Beauty #2’

2012 The Heysen Prize, South Australia - Finalist

2012 Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2D – Finalist ‘Arithmetic in Grey’

2012 Muswellbrook Photographic Award - Finalist

2011 Nillumbik Art Prize – finalist -‘Somewhere along the line…’

2009 International Aperture Awards- Bronze Award, ‘Ode to JK’

2007 Prometheus Visual Art Acquisitive Award – Finalist – ‘Urban reflection’

2006 Castlemaine State Festival, Highly Commended, ‘The Observer’

2003 ACMP permanent collection No.10, ‘Berlin Reflection & Visceral series- ‘Elliot’

2001 ACMP silver award permanent collection No.7, ‘Kitchen’

2000 AIPP APP gold award in Illustrative category, ‘Dodge’

1994 AIPP Winner Victorian Photographer of the Year Award

1993 Winner Ilford Open Award, ‘Grand Canyon’

Group Exhibitions

2018 Manyung Gallery - Mt.Eliza Vic- ‘How they see our World’

2018 Waterwheel Gallery Warburton “A Moment in Warburton” 

2017 Manyung Gallery - Sorrento Vic

2016 ATG Pop up exhibition Prahran Melbourne

2015 Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) Bowness Photographic Exhibition

2012 Blake Prize - Directors Cut exhibition

2011 Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne – ‘More or Less’

2011 Dark Horse Experiment Gallery Melbourne – ‘The new guard’

2010 BSG ‘Picture This’ - Melbourne

2009 Ballarat Foto Biennale – Ballarat Victoria

2008 Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne –‘Shadows’ (curated by Catherine Fogarty)

2007 Dickerson Gallery Melbourne, ‘Built Perceptions’

2007 Toyota Community Spirit Gallery – ‘Crossroads’

2007 Castlemaine State Festival- Finalist Julie Millowick Photography Prize

2006 Anita Traverso Gallery Richmond Melbourne – ‘The Only Constant’

2005 Artefact South Melbourne

2005 Dayelsford Foto Biennale - Dayelsford Victoria

2005 Dickerson Gallery Melbourne, ‘Naked Truth’

2005 IDAA International Digital Art Awards VCA Gallery, Melbourne

2004 New Social Commentaries Acquisitive Prize, Warrnambool Art Gallery


Photographic Judging

2010 AIPP-APP Awards - Melbourne

2008 AIPP- APP Awards - Brisbane

2005-2007 AIPP Panel Chairman of Judges

1989 - 2005 AIPP National and State Photography Awards

2001 & 2003 ACMI, (Australian Centre Moving Image), Diegesis Festival


2003 Pearl Academy, New Delhi India in association with ICCP Melbourne.


2009 Photofile magazine Ed. 86 March-June 2009 – by Ashley Crawford


2009 3PBS 106.7FM interviewed by Fiona Gruber ‘The Opening”

2006 3PBS 106.7FM interviewed by Fiona Gruber


2001 to present RMIT University Melbourne - School of Media & Communication

2003 to present PSC - Photographers Study College, Melbourne.


Regarding photography…’Mere representation is not enough’…quoted renowned
American photographer Fredrick Sommer. I agree. I prefer to create images that
have a visual interpretation of the subject or content. Pairing back the elements with
partial abstraction are some of the ‘tools’ I choose to achieve this. It is also the link
and inspiration between this body of work and the 20th century Russian/American
painter Marc Rothko (pictured)
Rothko ceased to be interested in representational likeness and became fascinated
with the articulation of interior expression. His best known works, have come to be
called his "sectionals", and Rothko felt they better met his desire to create universal
symbols of human yearning. His paintings were not self-expressions, he claimed, but
statements about the condition of man. The all-over compositions, the blurred
boundaries, the continuousness of color, and the wholeness of form were all
elements of his development towards a transcendental experience of the sublime.
My admiration of Rothko’s philosophy and work has directly shaped these
photographs and as I gaze deeply into the images and observe the evolving
moments of creation followed by such exquisite dissolution, I wonder to myself….
surely this is a portal to Transcendence.

Associated News

Associated Exhibitions

John Bodin & Beth Mitchell
Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza
3 March - 18 March, 2018
View works on exhibition