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An image of Saturday Arvo in Ultimo by Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter

(Australia 05 Aug 1928 – Oct 2010)

Saturday Arvo in Ultimo
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

28.0 x 39.4 cm image; 30.5 x 40.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1991
Accession number
© Jeff Carter
Not on display
Further information

Jeff Carter is an icon in Australian photojournalism, with a long, productive career and a practice that often combine writing and photography. He began taking photographs at age 18 after leaving school and working as an itinerant fruit picker, fishing-hand and union organiser. Carter finally found work editing a magazine in 1949, before turning to freelancing in 1954, where he has been ever since. He has published nearly twenty books and produced photographs for every national magazine. Carter's photography catalogues of the traditional Australian experience - beaches, inner city tenements, drovers and the outback. His relationship to his subject is at the core of his diverse work, and he often lives with his subjects or makes multiple visits to gain a closer understanding. 'Saturday Arvo in Ultimo' demonstrates this intimate relationship resulting in charismatic images of inner city children. However the formal qualities of Carter's work should not be overlooked; his photographs are carefully structured, flat compositions that emphasise shape and line.

Bibliography (2)

Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers

Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994.

Exhibition history (5)

Souvenirs of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Mar 1992–10 May 1992

Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994

We Are Family, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1994–20 Nov 1994

"When I was young...": artists' impressions of childhood, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, 09 Nov 2002–02 Feb 2003

Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004