Jun 19 2018

Iconic Aussie images capture everyday life

HE was considered a larrikin Australian photojournalist and locals will be able to see the iconic work of Jeff Carter up close in an exhibition at Camden Library during History Week.
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A collection of 40 of Carter’s most memorable images from the State Library of NSW of everyday Australians in rural, outback, urban and coastal regions from the 1940s to 1996 will feature in the exhibition called Beach, Bus + Battlers.

Camden Library manager Bernadette Fleet said: “Jeff Carter has documented and celebrated the lives of ‘ordinary’ people at work and play.

“You can see in his images that he had a genuine admiration and respect for his subjects.”

The late Carter worked as a full-time photojournalist from the mid-1950s and has a photographic archive of 50,000 works which are said to be among the nation’s most historically important because they capture the changing face of our country.

Alan Davies, State Library curator of photographs said: “Jeff was out there photographing the people and places others weren’t interested in and as a nation we’ve got a lot to be grateful to Jeff for”.

A new film about Carter’s life and work called Inland Heart will also be shown.

The free exhibition is on at Camden Library until September 27.

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