A history of press photography in Australia

  • Gawenda, Michael (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Young, Sally (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Anderson, Fay (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Darian-Smith, Kate (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

From the early 20th century, press photography has influenced how Australians have understood significant national and international events and social changes. Through the targetted analysis of newspapers, this project provides the first comprehensive history of Australian press photography, exploring its role in breaking news about key topics, including politics, war, the environment, sport, race, gender and culture. We will also document historical shifts in photographic technologies, and media practices, censorship and ethics. In collaboration with the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation, outcomes include scholarly publications, a symposium, and a major collection of oral interviews with press photographers.
Effective start/end date1/07/1231/03/18


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$47,470.00