CAMERON, Julia Margaret England b.1815 d.1879 Portrait of Frances St John c.1870 Albumen photograph 30.2 x 26.4cm (comp) Acc. 1984.092 Gift of Miss Gwen Lord 1984.
CAMERON, Julia Margaret England b.1815 d.1879 Portrait of Frances St John c.1870 Albumen photograph 30.2 x 26.4cm (comp) Acc. 1984.092 Gift of Miss Gwen Lord 1984.

Our photographic memories on show

A COLLECTION of photographs, including works by unknown nineteenth-century photographers alongside famous images by the 20th century's recognised masters, go on show in Gympie Regional Gallery this month.

The exhibition, Ever Present: Photographs from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection 1850-1975, showcases a history of photography from the Queensland Art Gallery-Gallery of Modern Art.

About 30 Australian and international photographs spanning 125 years, drawn from the collection, will be on display between December 20-February 28.

Included are iconic and intriguing images by Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Max Dupain, and Helen Levitt.

Photography transformed visual culture when it emerged in the mid-19th century. It irreversibly changed how the world was perceived and recorded, and brought with it an entirely new dimension to the visual arts.

The works are grouped in broadly chronological periods of innovation and style, which show how a common language of photography developed over the course of the medium's first 125 years.

The photographs, which include portraits, images of architecture, travel and landscape, modernity and reportage, suggest the multiple stories that contribute to the history of photography in the pre-digital age.

Gympie Regional Gallery is situated at 39 Nash St. Inquiries 5481 0733.