Caitlin Pijpers from QAGOMA with a Max Dupain work titled
Caitlin Pijpers from QAGOMA with a Max Dupain work titled "At Newport" 1952, showing at the Rockhampton Art Gallery. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Step back in time with 19th century photography exhibition

DATING back as far as the 19th Century, Rockhampton photographers and art-lovers will get the chance to see Australian and international photographs spanning over the last 125 years. 

On display at Rockhampton Art Gallery from now until Sunday February 2, 2014, the touring exhibition, titled Ever Present: Photographs from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection 1850-1975 contains more than 30 photographs including works by unknown nineteenth-century photographers alongside famous images by the twentieth century's recognised masters. 

The photographs are drawn from the Collection of the Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said that iconic and intriguing images by Eadweard Muybridge, Walker Evans, Brassai, Max Dupain and Diane Arbus are included. 

"When photography emerged in the mid-nineteenth century it transformed visual culture," Mr Saines said.

"It irreversibly changed how the world was perceived and recorded, and brought with it an entirely new dimension to the visual arts."

The works are grouped in broadly chronological periods of innovation and style, which show how a common language of photography developed over the course of the medium's first 125 years.

The photographs, which include portraits, images of architecture, travel and landscape, modernity and reportage, suggest the multiple stories that contribute to the history of photography in the pre-digital age.

Along with more than 30 photographs, Ever Present also includes a multimedia display of another 50 images from the Collection, many of which are older works too fragile to travel.

Photography in rare original books by Walker Evans, Robert Franks, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Brassaï, from the QAGOMA Research Library collection, will also be on display. Admission into the exhibition is free. 

Rockhampton Art Gallery is owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council. For more information visit rockhamptonart gallery.com.au .   



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