Intersections, a handsome publication grounded in stimulating scholarship, presents a fresh approach to Australian photography.

– Julie Robinson, Australian Book Review

The National Library holds more than 600 000 photographs in its Pictures Collection. This large collection of images is contemporary, diverse, exciting, historic, whimsical and unexpected, embodying the challenge and pathos of history and the extraordinary dimensions of memory.
Now, in this first representative survey of the Library’s photographic holdings, Helen Ennis introduces us to Australia from the 1840s to the present as we have never seen it before – at peace and at war, and in all of its splendour and ordinary dailiness, as seen through the cameras of Charles Bayliss, Samuel Sweet, Olive Cotton, May and Minna Moore, Peta Hill, Frank Hurley, Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain, Philip Gostelow, Raymond de Berquelle, Wolfgang Sievers and many more.

297 x 240mm
285 pages
270 black & white and colour photographs
ISBN: 0 642 10792 0
Published by the National Library of Australia

Table of Contents


Introduction. Speaking personally
Portfolio: Charles Nettleton
Portfolio Charles Bayliss

  1. Slow time
    Portfolio: Samuel Sweet
  2. The peopled landscape
    Portfolio: Peter Dombrovskis
    Portfolio: W.H. Corkhill
  3. Making history
    Portfolio: Frank Hurley
  4. Silent contemplation
    Portfolio: Harold Cazneaux
    Portfolio: Olive Cotton
  5. Signs of the times
    Portfolio: Max Dupain
    Portfolio: Jeff Carter
    Portfolio: Athol Shmith
  6. Sixties split
    Portfolio: Wolfgang Sievers
    Portfolio: David Moore
  7. Looking natural
    Portfolio: Ruth Maddison
    Portfolio: Suzon Fuks
    Portfolio: Matthew Sleeth

Note on the Pictures Collection
Further reading
Glossary of Terms


Australian Book Review, issue 274, 2005 by Evelyn Juers

Delightful and Disorientating, Australian Book Review, issue 269, March 2005 by Julie Robinson


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