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Alfred Elliott, Top end of Enoggera Reservoir 1893, print from glass-plate negative. City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane.

New Light: Photography Now + Then

A mesmerising display of photography spanning 1890 to 2024.

With the power to freeze and preserve time, photography has captured imaginations for centuries. This August, step into New Light: Photography Now + Then, an exhibition where past and present converge in a mesmerising display of photography spanning 1890 to 2024.

Immerse yourself in the remarkable tale of amateur Brisbane photographer Alfred Henrie Elliott (1870-1954), whose extraordinary images lay dormant for decades until they were discovered in 1983, stored in cedar cigar boxes beneath a home in Red Hill.

Initially thought to comprise 300 glass-plate negatives and a trusty tailboard camera, the collection’s narrative took an unexpected turn in 2014 with the discovery of an additional cigar box brimming with over 400 film negatives and 92 prints.

Drawing on this treasure trove of an archive, seven contemporary Brisbane photographers will debut exciting new commissions responding to different parts of the Elliott Collection.  Brisbane’s photography community have also responded to the archive and a selection of images will be shown in a display titled Viewfinders. By layering their own perspectives, knowledge and experiences onto the collection, the artists will encourage new ways of looking at our past, our present and this place.

Join us in celebrating the ever-inspiring interpretive capacity of photography this August.

Contemporary artists: Marian Drew, Jo-Anne Driessens, Joachim Froese, Tammy Law, Carl Warner, Nina White and Keemon Williams.

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New Light: Photography Now + Then was created with the support of many individuals and organisations. Museum of Brisbane sincerely thanks everybody for their commitment, generosity and effort. We extend out thanks to Michael Aird, Warunghu, Aunty Raelene Baker, The Coutts Family, Sophie Day, Jasmine Defty, Marian Drew, Jo-Anne Driessens, Joachim Froese, David Gaylard, Keiko Goto, Tammy Law, Phil Manning, Daniel Overend, Margaret Troyahn, Craig Tuffin, Rich Wang, Carl Warner, Nina White, Keemon Williams and Doug Wilson. We also thank to the following organisations Jan Manton Gallery,  Loupe Imaging and Onespace Gallery.

  • Date & Time
    Saturday 17 August 2024 – Sunday 13 July 2025
    Open daily
  • Tickets
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  • Location
    Level 3, City Hall
  • Ages
    Suitable for all ages
  • Access
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