The Department of Photography holds around 15,500 photographs ranging in date from the 1840s to contemporary works. Highlights of the collection include the earliest photographs of Aboriginal peoples taken by Douglas Kilburn, important nineteenth-century French, British and American works, major works by Man Ray and Australia’s largest collection of photographs by Athol Shmith. We hold a major collection of photographs by Bill Henson as well as significant contemporary Australian photographs by Tracey Moffat, Rosemary Laing and David Stephenson. In addition the collection includes important contemporary international works by Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, Cindy Sherman, Richard Mosse, Zanele Muholi, Ayana V. Jackson and Zhang Huan.
Regular exhibitions from the department’s holdings are mounted in the two campuses of the institution, and changing displays of photographs are rotated in the permanent collection galleries. Appointments may be made to see works not currently on display (Wednesday and Thursday afternoons).