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Exhibition: ‘Icon & Archive: photography & the World Wars’ at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 16th April – 11th July 2010

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Many thankx to Mark Hislop and the Monash Gallery of Art for allowing me to reproduce the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photos for a larger version of the image.

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Photographer unknown
‘Matron Grace Wilson doing a round, Mudros’
1915
gelatin silver print

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Norman Stuckey (1914 – 83)
‘The Pimple, Shaggy Ridge, New Guinea’
1943
toned silver gelatin print

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Barbara Joan Isaacson
‘Journalist Iris Dexter standing under the starboard engine of a Douglas C-47 aircraft’
February-March 1943
gelatin silver print 2008
Image courtesy of the AMW

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Max Dupain (1911–92)
‘The dozing soldier’
1943
gelatin silver print

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“Photographs are an inseparable part of our memory of the First and Second World Wars. They help us remember events which many of us have no direct experience.

Monash Gallery of Art’s new special exhibition Icon & archive: photography and the World Wars draws on the Australian War Memorial’s vast photographic collection to consider the relationship of photography and war. This extraordinary exhibition opens to the public on Friday 16 April.

Direct from the Australian War Memorial, Icon & Archive demonstrates the powerful role played by photography in the efforts of Australians to make sense of and remember the terrible events of the First and the Second World Wars.

“Visitors to MGA will see many ‘iconic’ photographs that have become lodged in our national memory”, said MGA Director and curator of the exhibition, Dr Shaune Lakin.

“Icon & archive also presents previously unseen photographs to showcase the experiences of both service personnel and the families left behind during the wars. These photographs provide contemporary audiences with a remarkable picture of the effects of the World Wars on private, family and social life in Australia. In doing this, the exhibition will help members of our community better understand that experience and its relevance to contemporary Australia” said Dr Lakin.

Icon & archive will play a significant role in the City of Monash’s Anzac Day commemorations, in this the 95th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Icon & archive includes some of the most historically significant pictures from Gallipoli, as well as other important sites involving Australians during both the First and the Second World Wars.”

Press release from the Monash Gallery of Art website

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Algemon Darge (1881 – 1941)
‘Private George Beamish Swanton with his wife Nellie and their young baby Joan’
1915
gelatin silver print

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Norman Stuckey (1914 – 83)
‘Engineers exhausted after destroying obstacles, Tarakan’
1945
gelatin silver print

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Asti Studio
‘Studio portrait of an unidentified First World War soldier in Australian service uniform, including greatcoat and slouch hat’
c.1914 – 1918
toned silver gelatin print

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Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
, Wheelers Hill, Victoria 3150

Opening hours:
Tue-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm
Mon & Public Holidays: closed

Monash Gallery of Art website

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1 Response to “Exhibition: ‘Icon & Archive: photography & the World Wars’ at the Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne”


  1. 1 Karen Chessell
    October 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Re Asti Studio
    ‘Studio portrait of an unidentified First World War soldier in Australian service uniform, including greatcoat and slouch hat’
    c.1914 – 1918
    toned silver gelatin print

    This is my great uncle John Crawford Robertson 1895-1933. He died of gas poisoning suffered in WWI.


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