Discover our new photography exhibition: Shot

Inside the Library
On Site

Join a curator-led tour of Shot, and immerse yourself in Australia’s past as seen through the lens of Australian photographers.

Event Information

24 July 2024, 5:30pm - 6:00pm
General Admission:  
Photography Gallery, Lower Ground 1, Mitchell Building

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9273 1414

Curator giving tour of Shot gallery


Shot: 400 photographs, 200 photographers, 3 centuries is the first exhibition to comprehensively review the Library’s photo collections — one of the largest, most diverse, and significant in Australia. This tour will take a closer look at the works of Australian photographers, from the first commercial photographer through to present-day practitioners. With a representative image from almost every year between 1845 and 2022, this tour presents visitors with a fascinating new take on Australia’s past.

This tour will meet in the Photography Gallery (Lower Ground Floor, Mitchell Building).


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.