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The photographers brief was to capture both formal and informal aspects of the day - people involved in the ceremonies and spectators lining the streets.
In Sydney, the dawn service, the march through the city and the sunset service were photographed by Lyndal Irons and James Alcock. Events at Bigge Park, Liverpool were photographed by Louise Whelan and Singleton’s commemoration was documented by Jay Worling. ‘Camp Gallipoli’ at Moore Park, was covered by Gerrit Fokkema who, with great dedication, camped overnight.
Photographers were asked to show the pre and post march activities and to include the wider environment of streets, crowds, shops, advertising posters, ‘backstage’ areas and spectators taking photographs. In giving this brief, we were influenced by the kinds of documentary photographs that people value in our collection. Sam Hood’s photographs of early twentieth century Sydney, for example, are full of incidental detail.
Lyndal Irons noted her conversations with people she photographed. She met George and Kim Liu who were travelling home on the Inner West line. George explained;
Both Kim and I come from military families and Anzac day is a tradition that we participate in every year. We have been up since 4.30 am… I am currently attached to the Navy, and I participated in the March in the city with HMAS Kuttabul. In good traditions of Anzac days, we've meet up with friends (both service and civilian) from all parts of Sydney to enjoy a few quite moments together. The time of this photo was on our way home, Kim was showing me some of the parade photos, as my perspective would be quite different from hers.