People in the Photography Gallery, Shot exhibition

Year of photography

We’re celebrating photography in Australia

Discover why the State Library is the home of photography in Sydney.

We’re celebrating photography in Australia and around the world with a year of extraordinary exhibitions, fascinating photographer talks and slide nights and behind-the-scenes tours.

Composite image with three photographic images from the Shot exhibition

Shot online

Explore a visual feast of 400 captivating moments by 200 photographers across three centuries.

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Woman in Shot exhibition looking at the collection
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  • Events

    Curator giving tour of Shot gallery

    Discover our new photography exhibition: Shot

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


    action film and war image


    by Mark Dapin

    Placing the filmmakers who work in war zones on the other side of the camera. 

    Max Dupain Sunbaker image

    400 photographs

    by Geoff Barker

    A curator looks at the Library’s extraordinary image collection with fresh eyes.

     A sepia photographic portrait of a woman sitting on a beach gazing off to the size, holding an old camera up in front of her

    Photographic evolution

    by Steve Dow

    A new Photography Gallery is the latest step in turning the Library inside out.

    Black and white photo of a group of people standing together posing.

    William Yang and Sydney

    by Dr Sally Gray

    The landmark 1977 exhibition Sydneyphiles was a snapshot of the city.

    A bowl of fruit

    Library Shop

    Own fine art prints of your favourite photographs from the Library’s extensive collection.

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