How botany helped give birth to photography

From The Art Newspaper:

A survey of early photography at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century, 17 June-17 September) will focus on “the noisy century” of the medium, says the show’s curator, Mattie Boom. Around 300 pictures from the museum’s collection of more than 150,000 photographs will be included. 

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Joanna Sassoon

Agents of Empire: How E.L. Mitchell’s photographs shaped Australia

For nearly 100 years, E.L. Mitchell’s emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors?

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Frank Hurley & Australian Native Plants

INFORMATION CALL-OUT: FRANK HURLEY

Searching for Frank Hurley along our northern beaches

Did you know that Frank Hurley was a very keen gardener and photographer of wild flowers?

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The Photography Room May-June 2017

3 New Exhibitions at The Photography Room

Dörte Conroy – What Comes to Mind:   Lorna Sim – Enigma:
Maurice Weidmann- Absence of Sunshine
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photoaccess

Exhibition: Chinese Whispers and Other Stories, curated by Pia Johnson

This photoaccess exhibition is an exhibition I recommend – not because all the works are successful – but for combined messages.

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National Gallery Singapore

CHARTING THOUGHTS: ESSAYS ON ART IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

A new research book has been published by the National Gallery of Singapore. It contains essays on Southeast Asian art by 25 scholars. One of the contributing scholars is Gael Newton.

The book is available from the NGS shop and through their website – click here.

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Getty Photography

 J Paul Getty, Masterpieces, Photography

Here’s a 1999 publication that is really worth looking through – I borrowed a copy from the library. It is a gem. The production of the photographs in the catalogue are sumptuous – so do not settled for any online version here or elsewhere. You have to see the book – or even better see the originals. But that’s my point – see my comments after this sample.

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Photographing Singapore’s public housing

Photographing Singapore’s public housing

There’s an article in Straits Times about photographer Koh Kim Chay and his decades of photographing the ubiquitous government flats of Singapore.

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Eduardo Masferre

Exhibition: Eduardo Masferre at the NGA

There’s a wonderful set of photographs by Eduardo Masferre presently on exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

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PhotoAccess

PhotoAccess exhibition: Common Ground

If you are interested in seeing a mixture of contemporary photography – then get yourself over to Manuka and visit PhotoAccess to enjoy their members’ exhibition – Common Ground.

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Group M – Philip Bentley

A history of Group M photographers by Philip Bentley

Back in 1996, Philip Bentley, Melbourne historian, wrote a thesis on the history of the Melbourne photographers, Group M.

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