Australian Postwar Photodocumentary
12 June - 8 August 2004
Project gallery, Ground Level

Coined by the British filmmaker John Grierson, the term 'documentary' was used to describe 'straight or immediate imagery that echoed social concerns. Increasingly the value judgments inherent in this definition were questioned; by the 1970s artists were working to critique the language of representation. This exhibition explores the various guises and definitions of the documentary in Australian photography from 1940-1985 and includes work by Max Dupain, David Moore, Sandy Edwards, Robert McFarlane, Mervyn Bishop and others.


Mervyn Bishop Lionel Rose at his press conference 1968, printed 1991. Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund. © Mervyn Bishop
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