Finito La Musica

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2016 by Gwendolen De Lacy

25.2.25 – 16.10.16


Diaz Images @ Barney Allens, St Kilda

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2016 by Gwendolen De Lacy

Thanks to Brightspace for mounting the latest local display of Diaz images, this time featuring the stunning metre square prints made by CPL digital in Port Melbourne and funded by the City of Port Phillip.

Please join us for an opening event!

Sunday the 15th of May from 3.30pm onwards

Barney Allen’s, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.  If the weather is fine and Maggie is up to it, she will be in attendance from 3.30pm – 4.30pm.


All images for sale with 10% discount available on all sales made on the day.

Tasty snacks provided with drinks at bar prices.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Maggie with large pics

International Women’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2016 by Gwendolen De Lacy

Magnet logoMagnet no lilies

Level 2, 640 Bourke St
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Tuesday to Friday – 11am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 4pm


+61 3 8589 0371

Living in the ’70s

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2016 by Gwendolen De Lacy
White girl at the zoo 1970s

White Girl at the Zoo, 1970s by Maggie Diaz

We are delighted to have Diaz photographs featured in this excellent exhibition now showing in Melbourne.

A summertime salon of photographs taken in Melbourne, city and suburbs, during the 1970s. Come and rediscover the Zeitgeist of that tumultuous decade – the people, politics, fun, fashion, and life-changing events. Images of Melbourne life in the city and suburbs 1970-1979 by noted photographers: Bruce Postle, John Casamento, Joyce Evans John Gollings, Maggie Diaz, Andrew Chapman, Peter Kelly, Glen O’Malley, Colin Abbott, Alan Attwood, Julie Millowick and more…

January 21st – February 14th, 2016


Level 2,  640 Bourke St
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia

TUESDAY to FRIDAY – 11am to 6pm
SATURDAY and SUNDAY – 11am to 4pm
+61 (0) 3 8589 0371


A Festive Moment

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2015 by Gwendolen De Lacy

Maggie with large pics

This year we launched the Maggie Diaz Prize for Women at Brightspace, St Kilda – Maggie’s neighbourhood and stomping ground for the past 50 years.

The question was always – will we be able to get Maggie up those stairs?

She refused to appear opening night, but on the very last day of the exhibition, she agreed to be carried into the space.

It was a magnificent moment and a real highlight of 2015. She sat in the projection room, watched her beloved slide show and once again gave commentary on her own commentary.  She met the MDP finalists and our spectacular team of sponsors and supporters.

So as this year comes to a close, we’d love to wish you all the best for the festive season and a happy and healthy New Year!

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy those little moments.  They are indeed, precious.

Best regards,

Gwen and Maggie


Maggie Diaz Prize – Your invitation!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2015 by Gwendolen De Lacy


Please click on this file to open your invitation!

We hope that you can join us for the announcement of the Diaz Prize winner and launch of Maggie Diaz Projects in her home town of St Kilda. Our 35 photographers will exhibit their work alongside Maggie and the winner announced on the night.  Guests will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award!

We also have sad news to share: The director of  Brightspace,  Martin Kantor, has passed away.  He was a delightful man, a photographer and passionate about the arts.  I know that he was very proud to be hosting this award, which was initiated by his dear friend and gallery manager, Kylie Greer.  We thank Martin for his vision and is trust in us, as we prepare for the event.  Our sincere condolences to Martin’s family, friends and the Brightspace community.

If for some reason you are unable to open this file, please email and we’ll send you all the details.

I won a prize with this guy…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2015 by Gwendolen De Lacy


I won a prize in Chicago with this guy…he had a wonderful face.  He’d go out with me and we’d spend all night looking for good backgrounds. 

[I Don’t Do Sweet, 2006]

It was the early 1950s and Maggie worked with Frank Wood in a jazz music store, while trying to get her professional photographic career off the ground.  She entered this photograph in a competition run by the Chicago Tribune newspaper and won.  This was to give her the momentum to start her professional life as Maggie Besson, photographer.

We encourage professional and emerging photographers to submit work for consideration to the inaugural prize in Maggie’s honour, to be launched with an exhibition of Maggie’s work ‘Maggie Diaz Projects’ at Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda.

Maggie Diaz Projects

Opens 3rd of September 2015.

Entries close 7th August, 2015

1st Prize, $5000

People’s Choice Award, $1000

The ‘blind’ selection of photographs will be made by our esteemed judging panel:

NAOMI CASS, Director Centre for Contemporary Photography

PONCH HAWKES, Celebrated Photographer

JEFF MOORFOOT, Creative Director, Ballarat Int. Foto Biennale


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