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Pacific Islander labourers cutting sugar cane in Queensland, c1895

This is a silver gelatin full plate glass negative entitled 'Sugarcane' taken by Henry King some time between 1880 and 1900. It shows Pacific Islander labourers cutting sugar cane and putting it into bags. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the back of the negative, which is 21.5 cm wide x 20.3 cm high.

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Lord Howe Island's many faces

Lord Howe Island is the remains of an extinct volcano located off Australia's east coast. It has mountainous peaks, dense rainforests, sandy beaches and lagoons complete with coral reefs. See some of the many different animals and plants that can be found on Lord Howe Island. You'll see why it's protected by World Heritage ...

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Lake Eyre bursts into life

Watch and be amazed at how Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is transformed from a dry salt pan to a vast lake bursting with life. Find out what attracts thousands of pelicans to this region from thousands of kilometres away.

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iArt: photography on our mobile phones

What is a 'mobile phone artist'? It is becoming more common for art galleries to hold exhibitions of photography taken exclusively with a mobile phone. In this clip, this emerging trend in the art world and on the internet is considered.


'Image no. 53' from the series 'Untitled 1985/86', 1985-86

This is a type C colour photograph by Bill Henson (1955-) dating from 1985-86. The photograph, which measures 107.0 cm x 88.5 cm, is of an evening or night-time scene lit by moonlight shining through clouds. The horizon is set low down, which means that this vertical format image is dominated by the cloud-filled sky. A ...

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J.W. Lindt - The Mechanical Eye of the Camera

This is a resource about how a photograph’s meaning can be manipulated like that of any other visual art form. It revolves around a video featuring Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, viewing a 19th century photograph album and then discussing images taken of the body of the bushranger ...


New photography 2010

This resource focuses on presenting the works of four contemporary photographic artists whose works are based on images presented in print media and cinema. The four artists, Roe Ethridge, Elad Lassry, Alex Prager and Amanda Ross-Ho, all respond in different ways to media images: Ethridge borrows images already in circulation; ...