The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney is mounting what is being touted as the biggest exhibition of Australian photography since 1988. (An exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra if I correctly recall.)
The Photograph and Australia, brings together over four hundred photographs from over 35 lenders. The exhibition reflects an evolving image of Australia from the 1840s onwards.
Photographers range from the well known to unknown amateurs, and include: Richard Daintree, Charles Bayliss, Frank Hurley, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Max Dupain, Sue Ford, Carol Jerrems, Tracey Moffatt, Robyn Stacey, Ricky Maynard and Patrick Pound, among many others.
There are also unique objects such as cartes de visite and early x-ray images.
A 308 page book from Thames and Hudson will accompany the exhibition: The photograph and Australia (Thames & Hudson, RRP $75.00). A major symposium is to be held at the Art Gallery of NSW on 18 April 2015 discussing the proliferation and distribution of photographic images in Australia.
As always with such exhibitions you are advised to book early. (Adult tickets are $15.)
Dates: 21 March to 8 June 2015 in Sydney, and then 4 July to 11 October 2015 at the Queensland Art Gallery.