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‘Ever Present’
Photographs from the Collection 1850–1975
Jun 2013 - Oct 2013

Works installed for 'Ever Present', Gallery 6, QAG, September 2013 / Photograph: M Sherwood, QAGOMA

Images from photography's early years evoke a seemingly remote past through old-fashioned clothing and poses, as well as often unfamiliar customs and geographies. But they also deliver the past to us in a very immediate and familiar way. Through photography, the past is always with us — it is 'ever present'. Drawn from the Gallery's historical collections, this exhibition presents works by unknown nineteenth-century photographers alongside iconic images by some of the masters of the twentieth century, such as Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus. The images suggest the multiple stories comprising the history of photography in the pre-digital era.


 

'Ever Present: Photographs from the Collection 1850–1975' was on display at QAG, from 8 June to 13 October 2013. The sample list of works below is non-exhaustive.

Feature image: (l–r) Portraits by Baron Raimund von Stillfried-Ratenicz installed alongside an unknown photographer's Burma, durian sellers c.1880, for 'Ever Present', Gallery 6, QAG, September 2013 / Photograph: M Sherwood, QAGOMA

Collection artworks featured in ‘Ever Present’

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