Emil Otto Hoppé: ‘Little Charwoman’ and ‘London Amusements’

Two vintage gelatin silver photographic prints, Girl Sweeping, ‘Little Charwoman’, London 1934 and London Amusements c.1935 made by Emil Otto Hoppé (1878–1972) capture undoctored views of life in the British capital between the wars. In the early decades of the twentieth century, EO Hoppé was one of the most successful and widely recognised photographers working…

The Photograph and Australia

Our understanding of Australia has been shaped by the medium of photography, its development in the 1840s parallels the growth of the colonies and settler relations with Indigenous Australians. Nineteenth-century photography was largely about recording what was encountered — the people and the landscape — as seen in the Queensland photographs of Richard Daintree (illustrated).…

Highlight: Saul Leiter

Three painterly prints by photographer Saul Leiter add strength to the Gallery’s collection of modern photography. Saul Leiter (1923–2013) was born in Pittsburgh and later moved to Cleveland, where he studied briefly to become a rabbi. He arrived in New York City in 1946 — the same year that Piet Mondrian completed Broadway Boogie Woogie,…

Daido Moriyama is known for his gritty, intense photographs

This stunning black-and-white photograph is by Japanese artist Daido Moriyama known for his gritty, intense photographs of the streets of Tokyo. A central figure in Japanese photography since the 1960s, Moriyama is renowned for his distinctive visual style and his singular commitment to documenting the everyday life of a densely urbanised society. An autodidact, Moriyama…

Highlight: Ans Westra ‘Ruatoria’

Dutch photographer Ans Westra’s beautiful black-and-white photographs from two important series from the 1960s depict a day in the life of a large Māori family in rural New Zealand. For over 50 years, Dutch-born photographer Ans Westra has been absorbed by the documentation of Māori communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her often frank photographic portraits…

Highlight: Tomoko Yoneda ‘Baseball Ground’

This is an interesting image of an unremarkable thing, at least at first glance. Ostensibly, the work depicts the edge of a suburban sports ground in what appears to be the wet season. In the foreground, puddles gather among stems of verdant grass as clouds hover overhead, still pregnant with unspent precipitation. The image itself…