- Macquarie Street foyer
15 October – 15 December 2013.
The annual Nikon-Walkley Photographic Awards, the pinnacle of achievement for Australian press photographers, are judged by a panel of senior photographers and picture editors who represent the industry.
Every year more than 100 photographs are judged for selection in Australia’s most prestigious competition for press photographers. This eclectic exhibition showcases heartbreak, triumph, jubilation and devastation of life in 2013 as seen through the lenses of Australia’s photojournalists.
Behind the truth
- Level 1, Macquarie Street building
On display until 16 March 2014
Photographs present us with reality, or do they? Our initial reaction to photographic images often leans towards belief or trust that the picture tells a true, unbiased story. However photography’s veracity has less to do with essential qualities of the medium than with what people think and say about it. The insistence on photographic objectivity derives from the early twentieth-century emergence of photojournalism and social documentary.
The images in this display are drawn from the collections of the State Library of NSW and question the role of truth in photography in different ways. They caution against the use of photographs as truthful historical resources without understanding the story behind the image.