Ever present: 1850–1975
Friday 12 July 2013 Share FacebookDelicious Email

Part2_72dpix570wThe Modern Encyclopedia of Photography, for pleasure and profit, written by fifty of the leading experts of today, front cover (no. 2, 1937): Notley, Cecil D, ‘Bathing girl’

While the gorgeous photographs, drawn from the Gallery’s historical collections, are gracing the walls of the Queensland Art Gallery’s ‘Ever Present: Photographs from the Collection 1850–1975‘ exhibition, the Research Library (located on level 3 of GOMA) is highlighting some of the photographic journal treasures usually tucked away within the stacks.

‘Ever Present: Photographs from the Collection 1850–1975′ presents works by unknown nineteenth-century photographers alongside iconic images by some of the masters of the twentieth century, such as Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus. The images in ‘Ever Present’ suggest the multiple stories comprising the history of photography in the pre-digital era.

So, be inspired and bemused with an array of titles dating from around 1910 up until present day, like the weekly 1937/38 The Modern Encyclopedia of Photography, for pleasure and profit, written by fifty of the leading experts of today. Retro photography doesn’t get much more retro than this. Plus, in issue 5 there’s an incredibly thorough expose on the art of cat photography.

Part4_72dpix570wThe Modern Encyclopedia of Photography, for pleasure and profit, written by fifty of the leading experts of today, front cover (no. 4, 1937): HB Burdekin, ‘The Mystic’

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MoreCats_72dpix570wThe Modern Encyclopedia of Photography, for pleasure and profit, written by fifty of the leading experts of today, Fall, Thomas, ‘Cat photography: A delicate art’, no. 5, 1937, pp. 256-264

Compiled by Shannon Robinson, Librarian and Elly O’Neill, Library Technician

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