Exhibition book



edited by Gael Newton

From his studio in the heart of New York, Australian-born Anton Bruehl created inventive and perfectly realised colour photographs for advertisements in top American magazines such as Vogue and the Vanity Fair. Seen by the millions of readers, his ads had a dedicated following eliciting bags of fan mail.

As well as advertising, Bruehl produced evocative images of stars of stage and screen, other celebrities, seasonal child studies and his personal photography in the classic documentary tradition including his award-winning photo book Photographs of Mexico (1933).

Essays cover:

  • the early lives of the Bruehl brothers in Australia
  • Anton’s success in New York
  • his most famous and whimsical advertising campaigns
  • the Bruehl-Bourges colour process which gave Breuhl’s photographs their distinctive look
  • his theatrical tableaux
  • his Mexican series.
Drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive Anton Bruehl collection of black & white and colour photographs, magazine prints and printers proofs, this book is a must for anyone interested in photography, advertising or popular culture.



Pub date: Nov 2010
96 pages
270 x 220 mm, pb
lavishly illustrated in full colour
ISBN 9780642334138

RRP AUD $39.95
$29.95 special NGA and exhibition venue price
Available from the NGA Shop, NGA mail order & selected bookstores.

Distributed by Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson UK and University of Washington Press, USA

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

23 Oct 10 – 6 Feb 11
and touring 2011–12


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