Photographer Andrew Chapman came of age in the early 1970s and it was during this turbulent era in Australian politics that he first raised his camera to the political stage, rarely lowering it in the succeeding forty years. Political photography became one of his most enduring passions, and the fruits of his labours were featured in magazines and newspapers across the nation.
Chapman captures the prime ministers – Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke, Keating, Howard, Rudd, Gillard and Abbott – and the opposition leaders Hewson, Peacock, Crean, Beazley, Latham, Nelson, Shorten and Turnbull. The daily grind of the federal election process is also caught by his lens: the media’s battle to get relevant images in tightly managed campaigns, the predatory press pack, the loyal supporters, the demonstrators, and the resignation and victory scenes from campaign launches to election nights.
Political Vision provides a behind-the-scenes view of Australian politics, framing the past in a series of unforgettable images, and providing an unflinching look at the election process while reflecting upon the changing face of the political landscape in Australia.