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Anton Bruehl Photographs @ QUT Art Museum

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Published April 10th 2012
If you love photography, you must try to get along to this exhibition between now and Sunday 15 April, when it closes.

Photographer Anton Bruehl was Australian-born but emigrated to New York in 1919 as a young man. After studying photography there, he went on to have a successful career as an art and advertising photographer in the US.

This stunning exhibition at the QUT Art Museum shows hundreds of gorgeous photos gifted by Bruehl's son to the Australian National Gallery in Canberra. It includes everything from portraits of Marlene Dietrich to Mad Men style advertising images from the 1960s and black-and-white realist photos taken on Mexican streets.

One of my favourites was this one - not the saucy nude you imagine, but a wooden torso wrapped in thread to advertise custom-made sportswear. Yes, really. A knitwear ad that doubles as a modernist work of art.

The museum is free and open 10am-5pm weekdays and 12-4pm on the weekend. There's heaps of building work going on around it at present, but don't be put off. It is still open, and Bruehl's photos are worth walking round a little construction chaos.
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