Review: Australian Vernacular Photography


To be able to travel back in time seems only reachable through our dreams and imagination.  The 1960s – 2000s was a time of classic humid weather, striving revolutionists and outback civilisation. To be able to understand the deeper meaning of the common slang “g’day mate”, the Australian Vernacular Photography exhibition depicts the typical larrikinism and outdoor living of Australians in the late 1960s and 2000s.

Created by 16 Australian photographers inspired by the series of photographs ‘The Family of Man’, these 25 photographs show the themes of extreme photographic black humour, subtle liberation and social recreation.

The series of images composed by photographers such as Glenn Sloggett, Sue Ford and Roger Scott capture the daily experiences encountered by Australians in the late 1960s ultimately emphasising authenticity. Not only does the collection narrate the history of outback Australia, but also limits the subject of romanticised ideals by enhancing personal and public awareness.

This wonderful collection of photographs will be shown from February 8 – May 18 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney. Admission is free.

Featured image:

Sue Ford
Sue Pike 1963
gelatin silver photograph, 34.2 x 34.2 cm
Gift of Tim Storrier 1989
© Estate of Sue Ford

**This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of the Australian vernacular photography, exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image.***
Media contact: Claire Martin

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