20 facts about Ponch Hawkes

By Gwylym Owen

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Ponch Hawkes (born 1946) is an Australian photographic artist, whose works have been featured in the Australian National Gallery and have hung in the National Gallery of Victoria and the State Library Victoria and written not quite in the Sydney Morning Herald. Hawkes is considered an influential part of the Australian Feminist art Movement, which was centred predominately in Melbourne during the mid 1970s. Hawkes’ work is expansive in its scope, including artists, feminists, sportspeople, public figures and candid street-photographs. She is especially noted for her 1976 photo essay Our Mums and Us, which featured her coterie of female contacts and their mothers, among them the writer Helen Garner, in a typological style.

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