The novelist Tom Wolfe used the expression ‘the hive’ to refer to the frenetic social life of New York City, but the metaphor of the beehive works equally well for any great human agglomeration. The twenty-first century has seen the long history of rural dominance come definitively to an end – for the first time in 200,000 years of Homo sapiens’ existence, more people live in urban centres than outside them. The ever-larger urban organisms we develop are not only passive hives of day-to-day living but active hives of learning, producing and thinking. Photographers, too, are urbanites, delighting in the pictorial possibilities offered by the unceasing ebb and flow of crowds.
Works in this exhibition are protected under the Australian Government's Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme. Find out more