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Photography gallery

Max Dupain Untitled (Napoleon’s statue on the balcony of Les Invalides) 1978 from The Paris 'private’ series, gelatin silver photograph, 38 × 24 cm, gift of Penelope Seidler AM in honour of Max Dupain AC and Harry Seidler AC 2012, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program; and Nasturtium leaves 1981, gelatin silver photograph, 40 × 50.4 cm, gift of Edron Pty Ltd 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine. © Estate of Max Dupain, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

The photography gallery is dedicated to the display of the Art Gallery of NSW’s 4500-strong collection of photographs. The collection covers from the inception of the medium in the 19th century until now.

Three exhibitions open each year in this gallery. Focusing on Australian and international photography, they present the work of individual artists and groups of artists, and explore themes and specific periods in photographic history. The aim is to expand our understanding of the ever-changing nature of photography – the most pervasive medium of the 21st century which, from its birth, changed the course of art.


After Max Dupain, the photography gallery will be closed temporarily as the whole floor is given over to our summer exhibition Pop to popism. Photographs will still be on display in other parts of the Gallery.

Note: although this information is regularly updated, specific works on display may change without notice.