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Photography gallery

Illse Bing Self portrait with Leica 1931, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Ilse Bing Estate. Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

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.

In 2019, this space will be incorporated into other exhibitions in the contemporary galleries on lower level two.

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