Anne Lynam

Born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. Lived in New York City for sixteen years where she studied at the International Centre for Photography and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Moved to Sydney, continued photography studies at point light and embarked on an exhibiting career.

Anne Lynam has a quirky way of viewing the world, a vision which has been much in evidence in point light group exhibitions since 2000. New York State of Mind (2003) was her first solo exhibition, a collection of photographs taken with humour and wonder and an appreciation for the truly bizarre that can only happen in New York.

For three years Lynam worked on a project which saw her prowling Sydney at night and on long walks through the streets of Paris and Dublin. Her next solo exhibition, Worksin mysterious ways (2005), was that project come to fruition, with her trademark witty perspectives and grainy black and white technique reminiscent of film noir stills.

Featured in the March 2009 issue of B&W Magazine Lynam’s imagery is both visually pleasing and mentally stimulating. Whatever her subject matter – the built environment or still life – she observes the changing light and awaits the unexpected. As a result her fine black and white photographs avoid the usual and exude an air of mystery.

Three more solo exhibitions Anomalous (2009), Double Feature (2012) and Allusions (2014) plus her book Enigma have firmly established Anne Lynam’s reputation as a wonderful photographer with a unique style.

After attending a Ralph Gibson workshop in Sydney in 2012, Anne and fellow photographers Tobi Wilkinson and Gordon Undy collaborated on photographing the nude. The aesthetic appeal of the female form, its mysteries and mannerisms, combined with the unique qualities of light in various locations inspired these three photographic artists to produce an exceptional body of work which was exhibited under the title Source at point light in 2013.

Selected Exhibitions

    • 2003 New York state of mind, point light
    • 2004 New York state of mind, Gold Street Studios, Melbourne
    • 2004 Shadow Light Texture, with Annette Willis, Chrissie Cottier Gallery, Sydney
    • 2005 Works - in mysterious ways, point light
    • 2009 Anomalous, point light
    • 2012 Double Feature, point light
    • 2013 Source, with Tobi Wilkinson and Gordon Undy, point light
    • 2014 Allusions, point light


    • 2004 Finalist, International AGFAnet Photo Award
    • 2005 Finalist, Works on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
    • 2005 Finalist, Black & White Magazine Awards (USA)
    • 2005 First Place, Spider Awards, Still Life category