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130 years of RMIT Photography

March 10, 2017 - April 13, 2017

Photography 130 offers an expanded view of the role and contribution of RMIT University to the photographic imaging of Melbourne and Australia, presenting a fresh perspective through the lens of the University’s photographic history, legacy and culture.

From the University’s beginning in 1887 as the Working Men’s College, RMIT students took to photography with great enthusiasm, making important connections and contributions to the growth of Melbourne as a city as part of the world’s longest running photographic school.

Featuring over 100 photographs created by RMIT staff and alumni between 1887 and 2017 sourced from RMIT archives, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, and private collections, the exhibition showcases work by photographers and artists whose images have reflected the changing social landscape of Melbourne in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, commerce, science and discovery.

While Australian photography has an established history that is well represented in major State museum, library and gallery collections, Photography 130 places the focus on the role of the teaching institution. RMIT University has provided skills and nurtured students who have gone on to contribute to the artistic, commercial and scientific culture of Australia.

Photography 130 seeks to respond to core questions about how the culture of RMIT as an institution has influenced the development of photographers in Melbourne and Australia.

Curator: Shane Hulbert

Artists and photographers including Pauline Anastasiou, Chris Barry, John Billan, Earl Carter, Peta Clancy, Lynton Crabb, Stuart Crossett, Heather Dinas, Greg Elms, Samantha Everton, Daniela Federici, Susan Fereday, Sue Ford, Jerry Galea, Mark Galer, Silvi Glattauer, John Gollings, Janina Green, Frank Guy, Ludovico Hart, Alan Hill & Kelly Hussey-Smith, Les Horvat, Shane Hulbert, Richard Kendall, Bronek Kozka, Ian Lobb, Murray McKeich,Garry Moore, Steven Morton, Rebecca Najdowski, Harry Nankin, Phuong Ngo, John Noone, Bernie O’Regan, Jill Orr, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Polixeni Papapetrou, Hugh Peachey, Phred Petersen, Louis Petruccelli, Clare Rae, Kate Robertson,  Linnea Rundgren, Lisa Saad, Rod Schaffer, Sam Shmith, Matthew Sleeth, Glenn Sloggett, Gale Spring, John Story, Darren Sylvester, Alex Syndikas, Henry Talbot, Christian Thompson, Heidi Victoria, Jens Waldenmaier, Lyndal Walker, Les Walkling, Michael Wennrich, Ellie Young, Joel Zika.

Public programs

  • Friday 10 March, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, Curator’s talk.
  • Thursday 16 March, 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm, 130 years of photography at RMIT, panel with Shane Hulbert (chair), Pauline Anastasiou, John Billan Gale Spring, Alex Syndikas. (facebook)
  • Thursday 23 March, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm, Predictions & premonitions, panel with Shane Hulbert (chair), Bronek Kozka, Kate Robertson, Murray McKeich.

Image: RMIT Archives – Photography class in the Fitzroy Gardens


March 10, 2017
April 13, 2017
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RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

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