Photography has long been an integral part of life’s ordinary and extraordinary rituals. This catalogue is concerned with photographs made in the presence of or consciousness of death. It features work by Australian and New Zealand photographers from the late 1970s up to the present day.

263 pages
ISBN: 0977576108
Published by the National Portrait Gallery


Winner, best major catalogue and best in show at the Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards 2009.


National Portrait Gallery mini website: Reveries: Photography and Mortality

Photographing death: Life Matters on ABC Radio National

Feature on ABC TV Sunday Arts – Reveries: Photography and Mortality

Frank Brennan’s opening address May 2007

Helen Ennis’s essay for Portrait magazine

Goodreads page


Australian Book Review, issue 296, 2007 by Isobel Crombie

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