December 12, 2018
Following a hugely successful public call-out by Sydney Living Museums, over 1500 personal images from people far and wide have come to light, giving us a glimpse into the everyday life of Sydney and its people during the Depression, WWII and post-war years. 250 of these images, digitised and enlarged, form the basis of the upcoming exhibition Street Photography at the Museum of Sydney.
Presented alongside this extraordinary and largely unseen record of Sydney is a series of works by Anne Zahalka, who has re-staged nine of the original images with those still living or their descendants, photographed in locations where their parents, grandparents or they themselves once stood. The exhibition also includes a new suite of images taken at live photographic locations around the city, similar to the original street photographers of the past. This exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Sydney until 21.07.19.
“Re-staging the original street photos was a way of connecting with the past through the descendants and those still living. While the buildings behind looked the same, the face of the city had changed. Today it is a thriving mix of ethnicities and diverse cultures that stands in stark contrast to this predominantly white photographic history.”
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