Memento Mori

Rod McNicol

Rod McNicol’s photographic practice has always concentrated on portraiture as a genre that highlights mortality. For more than three decades, McNicol has been inviting people from his inner-city community to put their lives on pause for a few moments and stare into the lens of his camera.

The portraits that McNicol has captured in the stillness of his studio are both tender and brazen, they are faces that function as witnesses to the inescapable passing of time. This exhibition surveys McNicol’s extended portrait project, from his early black-and-white prints through to his most recent colour portraits.