Appeal

2021 Annual Appeal

Photography

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Support the Library’s photography collection

Foundation Photography Appeal 2021

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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.

17. Olive Cotton, holding camera
17. Olive Cotton, holding camera
1937
Max Dupain
Digital ID: 
dpz2ozrOzlKKP
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Americans and Australians at Townsville, 21 February 1944 / photographed by N. Herfort
Americans and Australians at Townsville
21 February 1944
N. Herfort
Digital ID: 
FL9550921
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File 8: Home, black and white of colour, couple in rain in park, March 1950 / photographed by Max Dupain
File 8: Home, black and white of colour, couple in rain in park
March 1950
Max Dupain
Digital ID: 
WOePeQwQ22NyO
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Rita Trudget [Trudgett ?], wicket keeper
1930s ?
Sam Hood, 1872-1953
Digital ID: 
hood_03342
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Item 17: Chinatown, New South Wales, 17 December 2015 / photograph by D-Mo Zajac
Item 17: Chinatown, New South Wales
17 December 2015
D-Mo Zajac
Digital ID: 
IE15830571
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Collection 01: Newtown shops and shopkeepers, 9 November 2009 - 22 February 2013 / photographed by Nic Bezzina
38. Mulberry Street Vintage Boutique, 592 King Street
21 February 2013
Nic Bezzina
Digital ID: 
KwpVONrGWJa58
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19. Harold Salvage sunbaking, "The Sunbather"
1937
Max Dupain and Olive Cotton
Digital ID: 
IE3301333
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Mrs A. McGinty - photographer / photographed by R. Donaldson
Mrs A. McGinty
25 May 1948
R. Donaldson
Digital ID: 
xXEJ0POWKPL2Q
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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.

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