The World is Beautiful – Photographs from the collection @ National Gallery of Australia

A great new exhibition at the NGA features a rich collection of photographs from the huge collection held in their vaults. The photographers included included work by Michael Riley, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Henson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Edward Weston and many more. Hundreds of images mostly in black and white tell the story of the development of a mindset for recording and  interpreting the world we live in. The choices in making pictures through lighting, development processes, filters and other technologies.are visible on the walls as you walk through such a comprehensive display. The curators have built a mix that includes people, places, landscapes and a wide range of topics from everyday life.

If I have a criticism of the NGA in the past has been an inadequate coverage of photography.  This exhibition shows the strength of the collection and the capacity to create rich shows with it.

Samples below and the NGA web page

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