Picture Paradise
Asia–Pacific photography 1840s–1940s
11 July – 28 September 2008

  • NGA Location and Parking
  • Open daily 10am–5pm
  • Free admission
  • Recorded information +61 2 6240 6501
  • General information +61 2 6240 6411
  • Assisted access +61 2 6240 6411
  • General email enquiries information@nga.gov.au
  • Guided tours: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

This is the first exhibition to survey the history of photography of our region – from India and Sri Lanka, Southeast and East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to the west coast of North America. It features pioneer local photographers as well as Europeans working in the region. The exhibition reveals the rich heritage and the many outstanding achievements of the first century of photography  in the Asia–Pacific region.

This significant gathering of over four hundred original photographs and albums includes gem-like daguerreotype portraits, mass-produced views and portraits on paper made possible by the revolutionary wet-plate and dry-plate glass negative-positive process, and prints from the modern era of small format film cameras and photojournalism.

Picture Paradise presents works from seventeen public and private collections in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the United States of America, many never previously loaned or exhibited. The majority of these works are from the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive photography collection and include the rarely seen nearly ten-metre-long Holtermann panorama of Sydney Harbour from 1875.


Proudly supported by the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund

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