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The Photograph and Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, exhibition, photograph, photo, photographer,
Queensland natives c.1890s


The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) has announced an exhibition of Australian photography they say is the largest of its type since 1988. On display will be 600 images from 35 public and private collections and 120 artists.

The Photograph and Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, exhibition, photograph, photo, photographer,
Max Dupain Sunbaker 1937


Gallery of Modern Art Deputy Director Maud Page said that, "As the Gallery was the only venue to host the exhibition outside New South Wales; it was a rare opportunity to see photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries displayed in an art gallery setting".

Images by Queenslander Tracey Moffatt are included in the exhibit with works by other photographers, such as Richard Daintree, Charles Bayliss, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Max Dupain, David Moore, Carol Jerrems, Robyn Stacey, Sue Ford, Ricky Maynard, Anne Ferran and Mervyn Bishop.

There are many examples of fine portraiture in the exhibition, including the remarkable 1914 photograph taken by Frank Hurley of himself knee-deep in the Albert River in North West Queensland.

The exhibition will run from the 4th of July to 11th October 2015.

Across the opening weekend of the exhibition the gallery will host a program of events including an exhibition introduction and tour with Judy Annear, the Senior Curator of Photographs at the Australian Gallery of NSW and talks with exhibiting artists Patrick Pound and Rowan McNaught.

Michael Arid, (The 'Photograph and Australia's' Publication Contributor and Freelance Curator, Researcher and Writer) will host a monthly floor-talk series called "Beyond the Lens" beginning on the 5th of July.

The Photograph and Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, exhibition, photograph, photo, photographer,
Paul Foelsche Adelaide River 1887


At the café a lunch special inspired by the exhibition, of red wine-braised mutton stew with wattle seed damper will be served for $18.00 from 11.00am to 3.00pm daily.

Tickets for 'The Photograph and Australia' are on sale now and available from the website.
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Adults $12, Concession $10 and Members $9. Bookings fees apply to all tickets booked in advance.
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Why? Historical photographic exhibition
When: 4th July - 11 October 2015
Phone: 3840 7303
Where: Queensland Art Gallery
Cost: Adults $12, Concession $10 and Members $9
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