Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857 - 1893

National Exhibition Register

  • Humpback Whale flipper Megaptera novaeangliae
    Henry Barnes Humpback Whale flipper Megaptera novaeangliae, 1873
    Medium
    photograpghy
    Dimensions
    1565 x 1200 mm
    Image Credit
    copyright Australian Musuem

About the exhibition

In Capturing Nature, we travel back to a time when photography was revolutionising science, art and society.

These never-before-seen images dating from 1857 to 1893 have been printed from the Australian Museum’s collection of glass plate negatives and are some of Australia’s earliest natural history photographs. Sitting at the nexus of science and art, they tell both the story of pioneering research as well as the advent of photography in the young colony less than 20 years after the birth of photography in Europe.

With rich, large-format prints, period cameras and related equipment, Capturing Nature brings to life the story of one of humankind’s greatest inventions and a Victorian obsession with immortality.

Artists and Curator

Curator
Vanessa Finney
Artists

Gerard Kreft and Henry Barnes

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
12/03/2020 - 31/12/2024
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
NSW
Organised by
Australian Museum
Price
Contact to discuss
Web Site
https://australianmuseum.net.au/about/organisation/media-centre/capturing-nature/
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Primary contact
Louise Teteris
Position
Touring Exhibitions Coordinator
Organisation
Australian Museum
Phone
(02) 9320 6034
E-mail
louise.teteris@austmus.gov.au
Secondary contact
Elliott Cole
Phone
(02) 9320 6474
E-mail
elliott.cole@austmus.gov.au