Decaying buildings signify the inevitable process of history, to which we, too, will eventually succumb.
Porn. Few words come with as many pre-loaded connotations and assumptions. So what are we to make of the rise of "ruin porn"? Should photos of urban decay brighten or darken our day?
Louis Le Prince’s 1888 frames of Leeds Bridge.
“Who came first” may be a good game, but it doesn't lead to any clear answers.
Audrey Hepburn photographed wearing Givenchy by Norman Parkinson, 1955.
Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive
She broke the stereotype and redefined style and class. Her image exuded innocence and honesty that spoke to women across generations.
Many of us expect, almost demand, to live a long life, in good health. Many of us won’t.
We have – in some of the world – sanitised death, but the custom of post-mortem photography reminds us death is closer to us than we might like to think. This article contains images of dead people.
Cleverly doctored images of the effects of Sydney’s April storms amused social media users – but hoax images have a much longer history.
The adage that the camera doesn't lie is, of course, a lie, as a long history of hoaxes amply demonstrates. And yet we can still be duped by tricksters. We should remain vigilant.
After witnessing the rise and fall of many empires, the ancient site of Palmyra is under threat from Islamic State.
Conflict involving Islamic State has raised the prospect of the destruction of Palmyra, a World Heritage site in Syria. It's not the first time the region has been invaded, but it may well be the last.
Photographer unknown, studio portrait of Thomas Hinton, 1900.
National Museum of Australia
Thomas Hinton's photographs, and what we can know about his life from other sources, give a rare glimpse into the life of someone suffering a mental illness at the turn of the 20th century.
Australian newspaper photographers have always been forbidden to show military failure or fragility.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
Although more than 100,000 Australians have lost their lives as a result of war service, photographs of our dead have never been published in newspapers.Perhaps we should reconsider this.
Ian North, 2015. Detail from East Antarctica 1915 no. 7. Charcoal on inkjet pigment print, c. 55x148cm.
Courtesy of the artist/ Greenaway Art Gallery.
The latest exhibition of photographer Ian North’s work, Antarctica 1915, demonstrates his uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of our socially fractured and culturally fragmented times.
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The selfie has become an inescapable element of most cultural activities – be it art galleries or music festivals.
Trent Parke, Cockatoo backyard,
© Trent Parke/Magnum Photos
Trent Parke is Australia's only Magnum photographer. His current show is an immersive multimedia display that captures and celebrates the random wonder of his environments.
One of the major works on display in The Photograph and Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW, Tracey Moffatt’s I made a camera (2003). Photolithograph. Collection of the artist. © Tracey Moffatt, courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Art Gallery of NSW.
A major photography retrospective opened at the Art Gallery of NSW on the weekend, but what does The Photograph and Australia tell us about our present and past?
Some of the earliest applications of photography came in the fields of archaeology and botany. Pictured is a photograph from botanist Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).
Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.
Linnaeus Tripe, Front of the Mundapum at Secundermalie, 1858.
© Wilson Centre for Photography
The Tate's latest exhibition goes some way towards freeing the history of photography from the artistic canon.
Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950.
Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy and © The Gordon Parks Foundation. Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
In the spring of 1950, Gordon Parks, the first African-American photographer for Life Magazine, returned to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas. On assignment for the magazine, Parks photographed his middle…
I can tell this has been ‘shopped, on account of the pixels.
Faking photographs is not a new phenomenon. The Cottingley Fairies seemed convincing to some in 1917, just as the images recently broadcast on Russian television, purporting to be satellite images showing…
Corn marigold. Stained stem section constructed from 250 individual images.
Rob Kesseler, 2011
So the education secretary Nicky Morgan thinks that the arts and humanities run a poor second to the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) in the employability stakes. Over the past…
Asteroidea Electrica, first prize winner by Adrianus Indrat Aria.
We all know engineering is useful, functional, even ingenious. But the engineering photography competition we hold each year provides us a chance to wander outside its merely utilitarian aspects into dimensions…
Immigrant faces from the early 1900s watch Ellis Island visitors pick their way through a crumbling hospital.
This fall, French street artist JR and American cinematographer Bradford Young each installed a series of portraits in crumbling New York buildings. The two projects were not coordinated, but together…
The Chicago photographer Vivian Maier is the subject of a documentary and an exhibition at this year’s Melbourne Festival.
The Melbourne Festival is running two events dedicated to the recently-discovered American street photographer Vivian Maier. One is the exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Crossing Paths…