very important photographs from the European, American and Australian photography collection 1840s – 1940s


detail: Imogen Cunningham 'Magnolia blossom' 1925 gelatin silver photograph printed 1976detail: Imogen Cunningham 'Magnolia blossom' 1925 gelatin silver photograph printed 1976

Photofocus forum

Saturday 26 May 1 – 6 pm

Collecting: just what makes a photograph so important, so valuable? International and Australian curators and appraisers discuss the commercial and personal value of photography. The forum also includes a talk on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Reveries: photography and mortality.

$25; $15 members/concession
Includes afternoon refreshments
Bookings essential James O Fairfax Theatre National Gallery of Australia



1 – 1.40 pm Penelope Dixon
‘The dos and don'ts of collecting photographs and the ups and ups of the market’
Penelope Dixon, senior member, American Society of Appraisers and Appraisers' Association of America is a consultant and appraiser specialising in fine art photography. Since establishing her appraisal business in 1981, Dixon has handled the valuations for a number of major photographic archives and given numerous presentations on photography.

1.40 – 2.20 pm Violet Hamilton
‘The eye of the beholder – insights on collecting photography and photography collections’
Violet Hamilton, Senior Curator of the Wilson Centre for Photography, London, has also worked within the photographic field as an exhibiting photographer, photography teacher, lecturer, researcher, historian and writer. She is a specialist on 19th century women photographers, in particular of the work of Julia Margaret Cameron.

2.20 – 3.00 pm Helen Ennis
‘Personal photographs, public conversations’
Helen Ennis, Senior Lecturer, ANU School of Art, and curator of Reveries: photography and mortality discusses how personal photographs and private experiences might be dealt with in the public realm.

3 pm – 3.30 pm Panel discussion
Panel discussion moderated by Michael Reid, Sydney appraiser, gallerist and writer on art and the art market, who has a specialisation in the valuation of 20th century Australian photography. Panel includes Penelope Dixon, Violet Hamilton, Helen Ennis, Gael Newton and Anne O’Hehir.

3.30 – 4.30 pm High tea refreshments to celebrate the opening of VIP

Day concludes at the National Portrait Gallery, Commonwealth Place

5.00 – 6.30 pm Drinks and exhibition walkthrough
Join Curator Christine Clark for a guided tour of Australia’s Creative Diaspora: Nathalie Latham Photographs.
The exhibition explores Australians in the arts who live and work in various cities outside of Australia. These cities include Paris, Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, New York, Shanghai and Beijing. This collection reveals insights into some of the remarkable achievements of Australians living in various locations around the globe.


Other related events at the Gallery

Saturday 26 May

11 – 11.30 am Join Gael Newton co-curator of the exhibition VIP for an overview of works from the 19th century Orde Poynton Gallery
11.30 am – 12.00 noon Anne O’ Hehir, co-curator of the exhibition, discusses works from the early 20th century Project Gallery


Kindly sponsored by Konica