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Street Photography

Main Gallery
4 February – 30 April 2023

A travelling exhibition from Museums of History NSW.
Before the days of Instagram and personal cameras, street photographers were a familiar part of city streets from the 1930s to the late 1950s, creating a vast archive of black-and-white, postcard-sized candid images.

During the mid-20th century, enterprising street photographers were a familiar sight on Sydney’s streets, capturing candid moments in the lives of countless people. The selected images provide glimpses into everyday life during the Depression, Second World War and post war years.

Developed in collaboration with nationally acclaimed photomedia artist Anne Zahalka, this exhibition explores the heyday of this once popular but now forgotten genre.

Image: Street photograph by Leicagraph Co, photographer Ted Waight, Pitt Street, Sydney, 1940. State Library of New South Wales collection.


EventsAnne taking a photo of a model in a busy Sydney street

Following in their footsteps: Join nationally acclaimed photomedia artist Anne Zahalka in this workshop to immerse yourself in street photography on Wednesday 15 March 2023. Bookings essential.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery celebrated the opening of this exhibition on Friday 3 February 2023, 6.00pm. Guest speakers: Anna Cossu, Curator, Museums of History NSW and Anne Zahalka, collaborating photomedia artist. This event has passed.

Image: Photo-media artist, Anne Zahalka, photographing her Reframing the Past series on Hunter Street, Sydney in 2017. Photo by Stine Baska.


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