by photographer Maxwell Magin

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This image titled ‘Surreal’ was reproduced on a computer, of a scene at sun rise, as viewed from a plane above the cloud cover on a cold winter’s morning. The smoke rising up through the clouds from the isolated homesteads reminded me of how few true friends really are, and how far it often is between them.

Biography Max Magain 30th June 2011

I was born in Adelaide in1950 and contracted polio in 1951 epidemic. I developed a childhood interest in art while confined to a barouche and pursued this interest since primary school with ‘Arbour Day’ drawing competitions.

While wearing a leg brace became involved with the Cubs and the Scouting movement which cultivated an appreciation and interest in nature. During high school I was awarded a Bronze Medal for Australian Surf Life Saving.

I was employed by General Motors Holden for 5 years as a Professional Photographer, and briefly worked for Times Lithographic Printers in London. After returning to Adelaide I was employed for 12 years with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the Radiology Department until I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

My studies were firstly as Professional photography at the Institute of Technology but after my last prognosis, a different life changing direction included being accepted into the North Adelaide School of Art. Later it became known as The Adelaide Centre for the Arts where I graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design majoring in Sculpture, and then Adelaide University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Design Studies in Architecture and Landscape Studies.

Exhibitions include Japan, Perth and Adelaide and twice been a finalist in the South Australian Museum Waterhouse competition.

2010 ROYAL SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF ARTS ‘Solar Art Prize’ Technical Drawing
2010 Sir Charles Bright Scholarship
2005 Go for Gold Arts scholarship MS Society South Australia / Victoria
2002 Sir Charles Bright scholarship
2001 the Dawn Slade-Faull Award
2000 Adelaide Institute of Tafe council study award,
1995 Silver medal in an international photography competition.

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