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Hoda Afshar’s exhibition Remain, The Substation, Melbourne, 2019. Photograph by Leela Schauble. Courtesy the artist and The Substation, Melbourne

Friday essay: 10 photography exhibitions that defined Australia

From the Intercolonial Exhibition in 1866 to a landmark show, a century later, in which Aboriginal photographers displayed their works, photography has shaped the nation.
The left photo shows a Kodak booth in Australia in the 1930s. The right photo is it colourized using the software program DeOldify. (Museums Victoria/Unsplash, DeOldify)

The controversial history of colourizing black-and-white photos

The algorithm has become a new way of capturing reality automatically, and it demands a heightened ethical engagement with photos.
Artist Steven Shearer’s untitled billboard images of reclining and sleeping people were displayed as part of Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver but were soon removed due to complaints. (Dennis Ha)

Vancouver billboards by artist Steven Shearer evoked intimacy where people least expected it

Examining parallels between Steven Shearer’s billboard images and religious figures of 17th century baroque art allow a consideration of how context is everything when it comes to reading images.
Image author supplied, taken by Pamela Pirovic

Yearning for touch — a photo essay

At a time of pandemic, an extraordinary photographic project unfolded between sheets of clear plastic.
The ideal male body didn’t always include chiseled abs. Chris von Wangenheim/Conde Nast via Getty Images

When men started to obsess over six-packs

Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
Japanese author Yukio Mishima speaks to Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers at Tokyo’s military garrison station on Nov. 25, 1970. JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s most famous writer committed suicide after a failed coup attempt – now, new photos add more layers to the haunting act

Like a Rorschach test, the incident offers limitless interpretations. But newly published photographs of Yukio Mishima in his final weeks alive show an artist obsessed with scripting out death.
Crew on board the Ruby Princess as the cruise liner docks at Port Kembla, Wollongong, Monday April 6, 2020. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Friday essay: COVID in ten photos

A cruise ship stranded, temporary memorials, face masks, empty cities … Coronavirus has transformed Australia and these images tell the story.

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