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THE DEFINING IMAGES OF 2020 PRESENTED IN NEW STATE LIBRARY EXHIBITION

 

From catastrophic weather events to a global pandemic and Black Lives Matters protests – the defining images of 2020 captured by Sydney Morning Herald photographers will go on public display for the first time at the State Library of NSW, from Saturday 16 January.

Now in its 10th year, the annual Photos1440 exhibition features more than 200 published and unpublished images, including award-winning photography from Herald chief photographer Nick Moir and Gold Walkley winner Kate Geraghty.

The exhibition’s title refers to the 1440 minutes that exist in any one day and how any minute in that day can be revelatory in the hands of a great photographer.

According to State Librarian John Vallance: “If anyone thinks we can do without great press photographers, think again – then visit this stunning exhibition. You will see immediately why photography is so important to the State Library’s mission to document our lives.”

“This year, the show looks back over a whole decade. Come and examine our lives in pictures. We have COVID safe measures in place to help protect the health and safety of everyone who comes through our doors.”

Photos1440 is a free exhibition in the Library’s galleries from 16 January to 25 April 2021.

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COMING OUT IN THE 70S EXHIBITION @ STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

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The exhibition evokes the gay liberation era in Sydney – a time of extraordinarily rapid  social change – through oral histories, previously unseen photographs, rare posters,  magazines, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, badges and more. Exhibition visitors will  be able to view: 

  • Australia’s first lesbian novel (All That False Instruction by Kerryn Higgs);  the first gay glossy magazine (William & John) shut down for obscenity after just 12  months;  
  • images of the first lesbian and gay demonstrations staged in Sydney – including a  rare photograph of the first arrest at a gay demonstration, on 11 July 1972, of  Sydney Gay Liberation artist and activist David McDiarmid
  • the official poster for Sydney’s first ‘Day of International Gay Solidarity’ (the first  Mardi Gras) on 24 June 1978, and much more. 

Exhibition co-curator Margot Riley said this “first poster – part of a collection of over  100 stunning posters recently donated by Mardi Gras 78er and CAMP member Robert  French – is like the holy grail of Sydney gay rights poster art as only a few copies have survived. It features a butterfly which was a symbol of same sex orientation long before  the rainbow flag was officially launched in San Francisco in 1978.”  Continue reading COMING OUT IN THE 70S EXHIBITION @ STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES