Where can I learn about the history of photography in Sydney?
There are 3 places online where you can get more information about early Sydney photographers.
Photos we love spending hours looking through are the ones from the City of Sydney Council Archive libraries. These early photos have some information on the photographers of the time. Here’s the section that has photos from the significant events in early Sydney.
Early notable photographers in Sydney include;
- Percy James Bryant Photographs
- Mark Stevens Photograph Collection
- Len Stone and Vic Solomons
- Mark Goddard Photographs
- Tim Cole Photograph Collection
- Adam Forrest Grant Urban Collection
- Johnny Barker Photographs
- Gary Deirmendjian Photographs
- C.Moore Hardy Photographs
- Graeme Andrews Working Harbour
- Brian McInerney Industrial Images
- Patricia Baillie Villages
- John Ward Transport
Check out the full photo albums here.
The other place is on photo sharing website Flickr. Aussie Jeff beautifully restored photos with notes are a treat to look through. Many have additional thoughtful comments from admirers and give you an insight into the culture of the time.
The other tip on historic Sydney photos are archived on the State Library of NSW website. Well worth your time if you are interested in the early photos of Sydney.
There’s a mixed collection of photos originally in glass negatives including views of Sydney Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Circular Quay, Sydney, ca. 1890-1910.