Year of Photography

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.



Year of Photography

Photographer in studio with camera
Caption on bottom


Three people stand in front of photographic wall in Shot exhibition
On show now
On show now
Nikon prize winner
on show now
World Press Photo exhibition 2024 logo
Coming in 2024


Photographer talk

Tuesday 27 February
12.30 - 1.30 pm

Join acclaimed photographer Natalie Grono as she illuminates some of the stories behind her stills, as part of the monthly series Through my lens.

Two men looking at the display case in the Shot exhibition
Discover Shot

Wednesday 28 February
5 - 5.30 pm

Immerse yourself in Australia’s past as seen through the lens of Australian photographers. Join a curator-led tour of our photography exhibition.

Digitising David Moore

Thursday 29 February
2 - 2.45 pm

Visit the Library’s photography studios to hear from our imaging team about digitising David Moore's Black Star archive.

A figure standing with a camera in Antarctica in front of a shipwrecked boat
Digitising Paget plates

Thursday 14 March
2-2.45 pm

Join us in the Library’s photography studios to learn about the challenges of digitising Frank Hurley’s original colour Paget plates.


Black and white photograph of man with moving picture camera and another man with a microphone

by Mark Dapin

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

Sunbaker, 1937, Max Dupain
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

A landmark 1977 exhibition was a snapshot of the city.