Focus: Australian government photographers

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

17 November 2023 to 10 June 2024

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm


National Archives of Australia
National Office
Kings Avenue, Parkes ACT



Focus: Australian government photographers brings Australia's government photographers out of the darkroom and into the spotlight.

Between 1939 and 1996, dozens of photographers were employed by government agencies to capture Australian life. This fascinating exhibition delves deep into the lives and work of these talented individuals who helped to preserve our rich visual heritage, including Harry Frauca, Max Dupain, Mervyn Bishop and many more.

Focus invites visitors on a journey spanning six decades of Australian life.

Explore a diverse selection of work that includes intimate nature photography, striking architectural shots and images that capture everyday memories from Australia's past. 

Step into our virtual darkroom and experience the magic of photography by watching pictures develop before your eyes.

Experience the power of photography to shape perceptions, ignite conversation and preserve memories.

Free guided tours run every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 11:30 am. Bookings are required

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.