John Gollings AM ('62)
He studied Arts and Architecture at Melbourne University, supplementing his studies with architectural and wedding photography. By 1967 he was being mentored in the darkroom by Ansel Adams while freelancing as a photographer for advertising and fashion. Before long this expanded into major shoots for a plethora of big-name local (Sportsgirl, ANZ Bank, Australia Post) and international (Philip Morris, Shell Petrol) accounts. As Australian architectural style began to evolve and develop, Gollings carried his rich photographic expertise into the world of structures and skyscrapers, bringing with him a unique blend of formal composition and didactic contextual perspective. In recent years he has written and photographed for books on Australian architectural style and lectured on architectural and advertising photography at various Australian Universities. Gollings has also travelled the world, capturing striking government buildings and luxury hotels, as well as the Greco-Roman ruins of Libya and other ancient wonders.
In 2016 John was awarded an AM for significant service to photography though the documentation of iconic architectural landmarks in Australia and the Asian-Pacific region.