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Hurley's Australia: Myth, Dream, Reali/Thompson, John/Hardb/0642107998/S006-G
National Library of Australia
Frank Hurley - photographer, filmmaker, adventurer - was an extraordinary Australian. From the early twentieth century until his death in 1962, he created a stunning visual archive that chronicles the nation's achievements both abroad and at home.
Hurley's Australia showcases his impressive visual celebration of Australia in the period immediately after the Second World War. In his mission to capture Australia for Australians he travelled throughout the country photographing its vast landscape, its modern cities, its industrial strength and its agricultural riches. The vision he created captures the essence of a younger, more innocent nation.
In this collection of over 70 images we travel with Hurley to Tasmania to witness intimate scenes of the devastation caused by fire; to familiar national icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach; to cities and mountains and beaches; onto the street and into the sky.
John Thompson introduces Hurley's Australian photographs. He presents them through the lens of the era of their creation and widespread circulation - the 1950s - suggesting that today their power lies in the intense clarity with which they depict the realities and the myths of that age.
In a period in which an Australian future is being forged on the memory of the 1950s as a golden age, this collection is a timely reminder that the past is always part myth, part dream, part reality.