Gordon Undy

Gordon Undy is a fine art photographer working from his studio in Sydney, Australia.

He took a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours at the University of Queensland and worked in and around the computer industry until 1991 when he was able to commit to photography full time on his own terms.

His passion is to interpret the intimate Australian landscape through photographs made in silver-gelatin, platinum/palladium and printing out paper. Field work is done in a variety of format sizes from 35mm to the 11×14 inch view camera.

Undy favours an approach which honours the unique qualities of the photographic medium in recording and representing the nuances of light with a high degree of fidelity. His photographs explore the ideas of direct acceptance of the landscape, increasingly uncovering the inherent order in seeming chaos and delighting in the fractal nature of things.

In the USA in 1994 he studied landscape photography with Paul Caponigro and fine printing with George Tice who also introduced him to the craft of platinum/palladium. His photographs are held in private, public and corporate collections in Australasia, Europe and the USA.

Undy is the author of four books of photographs of the Australian landscape and has exhibited widely both in solo and group exhibitions since the early 1980s. He is in demand as a speaker at photographic conventions and as a juror on international selection panels, e.g. Photolucida, the Sydney International, Silvershotz Portfolios.

Solo Exhibitions

    • 1994 A place in time, Imagery Gallery, Brisbane
    • 1994 Beyond Namadgi, Solander Gallery, Canberra
    • 1997 Rich earth, clear skies, point light, Glebe
    • 1997 Platinum portfolios, point light, Glebe
    • 2001 Departures, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2002 Lines, written in Australia, 62 Robertson, Brisbane
    • 2002 Lines, written in Australia, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2003 Lines, written in Australia, Gold Street Studios, Melbourne
    • 2004 Intimations, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2005 Intimations, Gold Street Studios, Melbourne
    • 2005 Intimations, Cairns Regional Gallery
    • 2006 Family, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2007 figments, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2009 meditations on a beach, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2010 photographs, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2011 illuminations, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2013 Source, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2014 Australian Photographs, 2008-2014, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2016 Ancient Land, Ten Thousand Paces Gallery, Bowral
    • 2017 Journey 1984-2017, a retrospective, ARO gallery, Darlinghurst

Group Exhibitions

    • 1996 Five Australian Photographers, point light, Glebe
    • 1998 Connections : Bruno Leti/monotypes; Undy/platinum photographs, point light, Glebe
    • 1999 The Voice of the Print, point light, Glebe
    • 1999 Group exhibitions in association with a series of seminars, Sotheby's Gallery, Sydney
    • 1999 Trees, point light, Glebe
    • 2000 The Australian landscape, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2000 Water, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2001 A sense of place, joint exhibition with Brett Leigh Dicks, 62 Robertson, Brisbane
    • 2002 Beyond the Blue, with Bruce Crowther & Bob Kersey, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2002 Sydney or the Bush, newcontemporaries gallery, Sydney
    • 2002 The Print Exposed, Gold Street Studios, Melbourne
    • 2003 Me Nam: Rivers, curated by AID/WATCH, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
    • 2003 The Print Exposed, Gold Street Studios, Melbourne
    • 2003 Summer Stock, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2004 Inaugural exhibition, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane
    • 2004 The Directors’ Cut, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2005 Woman, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2005 Beyond the Blue, Bathurst Regional Gallery
    • 2005 Natural Selection, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2005 point light in Melbourne, Gold Street Studios
    • 2007 Truth and Beauty, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2008 Artists' fortnight, Meyer Gallery, Sydney
    • 2009 Australiana, Meyer Gallery, Sydney
    • 2009 Northern Exposure, joint exhibition with Ian Williams, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2009 point light : the first thirteen years, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2010 Inaugural NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photographic Prize, Finalist
    • 2012 The Coonara Collective, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2014 Modern Classics, point light, Surry Hills
    • 2014 The Last Picture Show, point light, Surry Hills


    • 1994 Fraser Island, 12 silver gelatin photographs
    • 1994 Interviews, 12 4”x5” platinum/palladium photographs edition 12
    • 1995 Granite Gorge, 12 8”x10” platinum/palladium photographs edition 36
    • 1998 Connections, 14 6”x5” platinum/palladium photographs edition 6
    • 2000 Chillagoe, 8 silver-gelatin photographs
    • 2002 Lines, 40 photographs (16 s/g, 8 pt/pd, 16 POP) edition 25
    • 2004 Intimations, 32 photographs edition open
    • 2007 figments, 14 platinum/palladium photographs edition open
    • 2009 meditations on a beach16 platinum/palladium photographs edition open