Building the Library’s photo collections

  • Past Event
Inside the Library
On Site

Geoff Barker showcases how the State Library has built its photographic collection over the past 150 years.

Event Information

17 April 2024, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Past Event
General Admission:  
Dixson Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Building

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 292731414

The State Library of NSW is a repository for two million photographs and is one of the largest, most diverse and significant in Australia.

Join curator Geoff Barker for an in-depth look at how the Library has built up its photographic collection, from the earliest arrivals pasted in books to its current program collecting digital-born works by contemporary photographers.


Geoff Barker is a Senior Curator at the State Library of New South Wales. He studied at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, before coming to Australia in 1987. Geoff has worked as a curator with the Macleay Museum collections, at the Chau Chak Wing Museum, and at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He specialises in the history of photography from Australia and Oceania and is an enthusiastic supporter of open-source projects. Currently he is Chair of the Library’s Wikimedia Working Group.