Ever Present: Photographs from the Collection 1850

Collection Display | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

Images from photography’s early years have a peculiar temporality. They evoke a seemingly remote past through old-fashioned clothing and poses, as well as often unfamiliar customs and geographies. But they also deliver the past to us in a very immediate and familiar way. Through photography, the past is always with us — it is ‘ever present’.

Art Exhibition previously on at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 08 June 2013 to Monday 07 October 2013

Staten Island Ferry, New York image

Published by GAGOMA on Friday 28 June 2013.
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This exhibition, drawn from the Gallery’s historical collections, presents works by unknown nineteenth-century photographers alongside iconic images by some of the masters of the twentieth century, such as Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus.

The images in ‘Ever Present’ suggest the multiple stories comprising the history of photography in the pre-digital era.