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150 Years: Photography in Queensland from the Gallery Collection


Max Pam | Australia b1949 | Fishermen, Moreton Island (from `Journeys north' portfolio) 1986 | Gelatin silver photograph on paper | Purchased 1987 with the financial assistance of the Australian Bicentennial Authority to commemorate Australia's Bicentenary in 1988 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery


Geoffrey Powell | (Construction of Story Bridge, Brisbane) 1939, printed 2005 Purchased 2005 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

27 June – 4 October 2009  Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery, QAG

This exhibition explores the Gallery’s holdings of photographs made in Queensland in the years since the state was formed in 1859. It will be the Gallery’s first profile of the broad sweep of Queensland photography from its beginnings to the present day. Importantly, the exhibition coincides with the celebration of the sesquicentenary of the creation of Queensland.

‘150 Years: Photography in Queensland’ honours the important history of photography in this state. This display emphasises the variety of contexts in which photography has been used in Queensland: as a tool of industry, in the family and by artists as a personal medium of expression.


‘150 Years: Photography in Queensland from the Gallery’s Collection’ is accompanied by an 8-page exhibition brochure featuring an essay by Michael Hawker, Curatorial Assistant, Australian Art to 1970 and selected reproductions of the Gallery’s outstanding photographic holdings. The exhibition brochure is available from the Gallery Store and online.

Public Programs

Xstrata Coal Talking Queensland Art Lecture Tour
150 Years: Photography in Queensland
13 September – 29 October 2009

Audiences around Queensland will gain insight into one hundred and fifty years of photography in the state with the first Xstrata Coal Talking Queensland Art Lecture Tour visiting 11 venues in September and October... Read more

Gallery Talk
2.00pm Thursday 17 September 2009

Join Michael Hawker, Assistant Curator, Australian Art to 1970, for an overview of the exhibition.

Hearing Impaired Tour
10.00am Friday 25 September 2009
A volunteer guided tour of ‘150 Years: Photography in Queensland from the Gallery’s Collection’ for hearing-impaired visitors.  Assistive listening devices are available.  As the number of devices is limited, bookings are essential.

To book, please call the Education Bookings Office on (07) 3840 7255 between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday or email schoolbookings@qag.qld.gov.au

Auslan Tour
3.00pm Sunday 27 September
An Auslan-interpreted tour of ‘150 Years: Photography in Queensland from the Gallery’s Collection’ for Deaf visitors.  Meet your volunteer guide at the Melbourne Street information desk.

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