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Curating Australian Photography Post 1860 @

“I am working on a book with Professor Daniel Palmer from RMIT on Australian photography exhibitions from the 1860s to the present. This is an outcome of some Australian Research Council Discovery Project funding we received a few of years ago. We have an online presence at and our ’timeline’ will be a starting point for the book. So far our work is fairly Sydney/Melbourne centric which I am keen to correct. I believe as wells major exhibitions we also need to capture some of the feeling of artist run spaces. We are particularly keen to get informative installation shots.

We are looking for some paradigm busting shows, which tend to be group shows, so something that show photographs out and about or down and dirty would be great.” 
Curator, researcher Martyn Jollly, ANU Canberra
This website forms part of a joint research project between Prof. Daniel Palmer at RMIT University (formerly Monash University) and Assoc. Prof. Martyn Jolly at the Australian National University, supported by grants from the Australia Council and the Australian Research Council. The project seeks to recognise the crucial role of exhibitions in the development of photographic practice. Towards this end, we aim to offer a systematic account of the history of photography curating in Australia.
Additionally, by publishing interviews with international and Australian curators, we hope to identify some of the challenges faced by institutions in effectively engaging with new forms and practices of photography enabled through digital circulation. Establishing a dialogue around old and new curatorial approaches to the medium, the research is premised on the idea that in the age of photo sharing, when photographs are proliferating as never before, the curatorial functions of selecting, collecting and contextualizing photography have never been more important.
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