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An image of Untitled (Clyde Engineering Turbine) by Keast Burke

Keast Burke

(New Zealand, Australia 1896 – 1974)

Untitled (Clyde Engineering Turbine)
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

32.3 x 22.7 cm image/sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Keast Burke was a highly influential figure in Australian photography. He was associate editor (under his father Walter Burke) from 1920 of the 'Australasian Photo-Review', and editor from 1946 until 1956 when the APR folded. He exhibited his work widely and was elected an associate of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1938 for his portfolio of male figure studies.

Burke was passionate about the history of Australian photography and from the 1940s onwards published articles about photographers such as Kerry, Lindt etc. he is credited with discovering Beaufoy Merlin's and Charles Bayliss's glass plates in 1953 and he was consultant to the National Library of Australia ensuring their acquisition and preservation of historic photographs.

Bibliography (2)

Judy Annear, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Modernist photography: the machine age in Sydney', pg.184-191, Sydney, 2013, 186 (illus.).

Josef Lebovic Gallery, Collectors list no. 105, 2003. Pictorialism to Modernism: Australian Photographers from the 20th century, 2003. 11

Exhibition history (2)

Pictorialism to Modernism: Australian Photographers from the 20th century, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Kensington, 16 Aug 2003–27 Sep 2003

Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013