Things: Photographing the Constructed World.

Since its inception, photography has been used to document objects made by people – things. And that, according to exhibition guest curator, Helen Ennis, Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s School of Art, is the rationale behind the National Library of Australia’s latest exhibition, Things: Photographing the Constructed World.

Ms Ennis spent months trawling through the National Library’s 700,000-image Pictures Collection searching for ‘things’ for the exhibition. After careful selection, these include photographs of machinery, monuments, industrial products and domestic objects – from the 19th century to today.

Some of Australia’s best photographers are featured, including Olive Cotton, Frank Hurley, Max Dupain, Anne Zahalka, Jeff Carter and Wolfgang Sievers, as are some of our least known. Many of the photographs have never been on public display before.

Things: Photographing the Constructed World opens on 24 November 2012 and runs until 17 February 2013. Free exhibition. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily.

NOTE: All images are in high resolution JPEG format approximately A4 @ 300dpi

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Unknown photographer
Untitled
From the collection: Hermann J. Asmus Collection, Asia and Australia c. 1925
Gelatin silver print
National Library of Australia

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Jeff Carter (1928 – 2010)
Henry Grace using his home-made ear-trumpets to listen to bird songs 1964 – 1966
Gelatin silver print
National Library of Australia

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Anne Zahalka (b.1957)
Robosaurus 1999
Colour print
National Library of Australia

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Matthew Sleeth (b 1972)
Untitled #12
From the collection: Tour of Duty, winning hearts and minds in East Timor 2004
Type C print
National Library of Australia

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Gypsy Pennefeather (b.1949)
Close up of the statue in the clients' lounge 1989
Type C print
In the collection: Interiors of "Aphrodites" brothel in Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia
National Library of Australia

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Olive Cotton (1911 – 2003)
Glasses 1937
Gelatin silver print
National Library of Australia

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Wolfgang Sievers (1913 – 2007)
Twist drill bits, threading taps, and lip and spur drill bits at Sutton Tools, Clifton Hill, Victoria 1960
From the collection: Wolfgang Sievers photographic archive
Gelatin silver print
National Library of Australia

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Wolfgang Sievers (1913 – 2007)
Bag of Kimpton’s finest Australian flour, Kimpton’s flour mill, Geelong, Victoria 1957
Gelatin silver print
National Library of Australia

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Unknown photographer
Motor car, Shackleton Antarctic expedition
From the collection: Photographs of the Shackleton Antarctic expedition 1907 – 1909
Gelatin silver print
National Library of Australia

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Unknown photographer
Advertising billboard for Dad washing tablets beside railway track, Melbourne
From the collection: Bruce Howard collection c. 1930
National Library of Australia

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Damian McDonald (b. 1971)
Cherub still playing celestial music among the devastation at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Canberra 2003
Digital colour print
National Library of Australia

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