2021 Annual Appeal
Support the Library’s photography collection
Photographs freeze our memories and shape our understanding of our world.
From documentary photojournalism to family albums, the Library's collection of photographs is one of the most important in Australia. Including more than 1.5 million images, it ranges from the earliest known photo taken in Australia in 1845 to recent digital imagery documenting our world on fire, under water and in lockdown.
Due to its size and varied formats, much of this extensive collection has never been seen by the public before.
An endowment for photography
The 2021 Annual Appeal aims to bring these works into the public eye by establishing a dedicated photography endowment. This endowment will allow us to investigate, interpret, conserve and display our photography collections. A rotating selection of photographs will be exhibited in a new photography gallery to be built next year.
Discover our collection
Our collection features many different formats — albumen prints, silver gelatin prints, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, carte de visits, stereo views, family albums and contemporary digital photography of our time. It includes fascinating photos by amateur and professional photographers including Charles Bayliss, Sam Hood, Frank Hurley, Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, William Yang, Mervyn Bishop, Sarah Barker and Stephen Dupont and many more.
Make a donation
If you are able, please support us by making a donation.
Your gift can be made online or over the phone: +61 2 9273 1488. All donations are tax deductible and will go towards specialist conservation, digital and physical storage, and public presentation of the Library’s photographic collections.give now