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Black and white photograph of a woman in a studio

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Thursday 22 July, 6.30pm
Curator Jan Brazier introduces the Australian women working in commercial photography 1850-1920.

On 12 June 1871, the Illustrated Sydney News observed about 'Lady Photographers’  that the womanly attributes of ‘Delicacy, cleanliness, patience and … long suffering’ were the conditions essential for success for working in photography. Women certainly did work in commercial studios in a range of roles, yet uncovering their contribution is difficult.

This talk explores this history by looking at the stories of some of the women working in photography in Australia from the mid-19th to the early 20th century.

Watch the talk recording

Featured image (top of page): Kerry & Co’s studio, Sydney – View of the Bookings and Portraits departments, Australian Photographic Journal21 March 1898 [detail]