Second Sight: Australian Photography in the National Gallery of Victoria surveys the rich and diverse history of Australian photography. Ranging from Douglas Kilburn’s 1847 daguerreotypes to Pat Brassington’s digital images from 2001, this exhibition features the work of leading photographers and lesser-known practitioners in Australian photography. Comprising more than 100 key works, the exhibition reveals the remarkable breadth of the NGV’s Australian photography collection.
In keeping with the NGV’s commitment to showing Australian art in all its diversity, this exhibition is integrated throughout the Australian Galleries on Level 2. The exhibition is divided into eight sections, each installed at a chronologically appropriate point in the Australian hang. This innovative approach to the exhibition design provides an unprecedented opportunity to view the history of Australian photography within the context of Australian art. A dialogue is created which contributes to the discussion about the place of photography in the history of artistic and creative practice in Australia.