A chance sighting on YouTube has taken a group of photographers from a Sydney backyard to the National Library of Australia.

The 20 photographers, who are in various stages of their careers, first projected their images in a backyard in Miller Street, in the Sydney suburb of Haberfield, in April for an audience of just family and friends.

But when the Curator of Pictures at the National Library, Linda Groom, spotted the images on YouTube, she was so impressed that she invited the photographers to screen them at the National Library as part of the Vivid photography festival, which runs in Canberra to 12th October. Though relocated to the comfortable surrounds of the National Library’s theatre, the event will keep its Sydney title of Miller Street Soiree when it goes on show on Thursday 25 September.

Many of these photographers have day jobs as photojournalists or commercial portrait photographers but in the Soiree, they show another side of their skills with the camera.

Their images range from edgy interpretations of Australian inner-city life to stunning close-ups of backyard fauna and elegant travel shots from all over the world. Each projection is set to the photographer’s choice of music.

The photographers include many of print journalism’s best including Andrew Quilty, Tanya Lake and Nick Moir.

The Miller Street Soiree is the climax of a series of events that the National Library has arranged to showcase the work of contemporary Australian photographers during the Vivid festival.

Where: National Library of Australia Theatre
When: Thursday 25 September, 6pm -8.30 pm
Sean Davey, Miller Street Soiree Joint Creative Director, 0408 662 996 or pidgin@tpg.com.au; or
Linda Groom, Curator of Pictures, National Library of Australia, 02 6262 1395 or lgroom@nla.gov.au