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	Image: Max Dupain Olive Cotton, Holding Camera 1937 (detail) Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Olive Cotton: A life in photography BOOKED OUT

Book talk and signing with Helen Ennis

Join us for a glimpse into Olive Cotton’s extraordinary life behind the lens.

Presented by Emeritus Professor Helen Ennis, ANU School of Art & Design, and author of Olive Cotton: A life in photography, this talk will trace the modernist photographer’s history – from a childhood spent in Sydney’s northern suburbs, through to her years with fellow photographer Max Dupain, subsequent second marriage and relative artistic obscurity, to her renewed fame in later years.

Helen Ennis has recently been awarded the Magarey Medal for Biography for Olive Cotton: A life in photography.

Olive Cotton: A life in photography will be available for signing and purchase after the talk.

Members can see the Olive Cotton work The photographer’s shadow currently on display in the Shadow Catchers exhibition.

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Please note this lecture is strictly limited to 84 participants. Bookings are essential. There will be no walk up ticket sales on the day.

Image: Max Dupain Olive Cotton, Holding Camera 1937 (detail) Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Thursday 17 September 2020, 1pm

$40 non-member
$30 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre

Related exhibition: Shadow Catchers


Thursday 17 September 1pm – 2pm