Nikon-Walkley Press Photography
- Macquarie Street foyer
On display: 16 October to 29 November 2015
The Walkley Awards are the highest honour in Australian journalism, celebrating excellence across all media. Since 1956, when the first Walkleys were bestowed in five categories, the awards have grown to more than 30 categories including documentary film and non-fiction books.
The Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise the work of photographers across a range of genres, from news and sport to portraiture and photographic essays. This exhibition lets us reflect on the news year, through the individual worldviews and skilled lenses of Australia’s best photographers.
Some of these images are the work of a split second. Others took months of research and trust-building. Photographers interact with their subjects with perhaps more intimacy than storytellers in any other medium, and the tales they tell can move you with a single frame.
In selecting three finalists in each category, from over 2500 images entered this year, the Nikon-Walkley judges looked for newsworthiness, impact, creativity and technical skill. This exhibition, showcasing the 2015 finalists, encompasses a range of subjects: From politicians to everyday folk, from our backyards to the furthest corners of the globe. Such is the power of photojournalism - in a still moment, the smallest story can be as compelling as the largest.
Satire in the time of war: cartoons by Hal Eyre 1914 – 1918
- Level 1, Macquarie Street building
Hal Eyre began working as a cartoonist for the Daily Telegraph newspaper in 1908. The 357 original drawings he produced for the paper during World War I were purchased by the State Library of NSW in 1920. This collection depicts the war from a cartoonist’s perspective. He satirised themes of national identity and political power plays and the disintegration of the great European powers as the world erupted in warfare.
The skill of political cartoonists is to distil a complex situation into a humorous, powerful visual statement. Eyre did this within the tradition of his time, using symbols of Empire, including animals as metaphors for nation states. He made great use of caricatures of well-known European leaders.
Reproductions of the original drawings by Hal Eyre will be on display.