Housing a permanent collection, Reflecting Canberra, and a variety of local, national and international exhibitions, CMAG provides a refreshing insight to the integration of social history and the visual arts.
5 July - 21 September 2008
Ted Richards is a photographer who has lived and worked in Canberra for most of his life and operated a commercial photography business
in Manuka in the 1970s and the 1980s. He also photographed around Canberra for his own enjoyment and in the 1960s took a series of photographs of Canberra scenes. Although many prints and negatives of his work were destroyed in a fire some years ago Richards was able to locate thirty-eight original negatives, the prints of which are now in the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) Collection.
These photographs encapsulate CMAG’s collecting and display policy and represent both social history and the visual arts. The subject matter of Richards’s works ranges greatly –
from Prime Ministers to Sunday leisure – but
the images are essentially about the city of Canberra as it was forty years ago. Regardless of the apparently mundane nature of some
of their settings, the photographs are carefully yet subtly composed, and quietly capture the citizens and streets of Canberra’s burgeoning community in the 1960s.
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