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The State Library of Victoria Purchases Collection

We are pleased to announce that The State Library has purchased the entire Diaz archive, which contains thousands of negatives and transparencies dating back to 1950s Chicago. The SLV has also acquired Into the Light and the touring exhibition. Maggie's work is currently being featured in a new exhibition, As modern as tomorrow, which runs from 1 July 2011 until 5 February 2012.

Maggie Diaz and Gwendolen De Lacy, Curator of the Diaz collection, will continue to work with the images in collaboration with The State Library.

Maggie Survives Major Surgery

Maggie has been an inspiration to many a visitor, patient and staff member of Melbourne's Royal Eye and Ear Hospital. She recently underwent major surgery to remove her left eye, which was riddled with skin cancer. She has had to recover from major skin grafts and reconstructive surgery, but she is doing well and looking forward to getting on with preparations for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with this major event in Maggie's life. She considered losing her eye "a fate worse than death," but now she is glad that she did indeed survive!

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Maggie has been selected as a Core Program Artist for the 2011 event, click here for more details on their website. Go to The Diaz exhibition, as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, will feature previously UNSEEN works in the Diaz collection. Not to be missed!!

2009

Maggie Diaz in Australian Photography

Diaz is featured in the September edition of Australian Photography - Australia's top-selling photography Magazine. Robert Keeley presents a suitably candid expose on Maggie Diaz and her work over the past 50 years.

Maggie enjoyed her trip to Tasmania in July for the opening of Into the Light at The Carnegie Gallery in the heart of the tourist precinct, Hobart. Now on a break from touring, we are spending as much time as possible on Maggie's extensive archive.

Tour Schedule in early 2009

Tour continues, with venues in Western Victoria and the metropolitan area with Arts Centres such as Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabbin and The Drum Theatre in Dandenong.

The Carnegie Gallery in the heart of the tourist precinct of Hobart will host the exhibition in July of 2009.

Talks are currently underway with the Australian Consulate in Chicago, to secure a return for Maggie (after 48 years) and a talking tour and exhibition in the heart of Chicago.

2008

Victorian Tour Commences in the Dandenong Ranges

Victorian tour commenced with a beautiful presentation at Burrinja Arts Centre in the Dandenong Ranges.

ABC Sunday Arts attended the opening in April and Maggie featured on the program, Sunday 29th of June. Copies of the program are also available by contacting dreamcave@optusnet.com.au

Tour of Western District commenced with season at the Colac Arts Centre and cinema complex.

Reunion with Dallas Kinney

Maggie reunited with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Dallas Kinney, who credits Maggie with teaching him photography and "branding him for life" with her particular style of image making and subject matter. Maggie and Dallas have now spoken on the phone after 48 years and there are talks in progress about a possible joint exhibition. Dallas has sent a tribute to Maggie, which features many of his photographs and is available at dreamcave@optusnet.com.au

First letter from Dallas below:

Please Help!

My name is Dallas Kinney, a photojournalist from the U.S., whom, as you'll see from my website -- dallaskinney@visual-voyage.com -- was fortunate enough to win a Pulitzer Prize, and Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award, thanks to the mentoring of Maggie "Besson" Diaz, back in the 1960's. I was a young aspiring actor/dancer, studying in Chicago. Maggie made my publicity photos, which I could not pay for. She graciously taught me darkroom procedures and allowed me to work of my debt in her darkroom.

To connect-the-dots on how I went from Maggie's darkroom to a Pulitzer would take more time than either of has. Bottom-Line: I really need to contact Maggie, whom I've not seen, or talked to for over 48-years. I'm sure she is unaware of her influence on my success as a photojournalist.

If you could assist me in "making contact" with Maggie, I would be ever grateful. My contact information is below.

Sincerely,

Dallas Kinney

Melbourne Zoo, 1970s
Melbourne Zoo, 1970s
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