8 July – 20 August 2017

As a documentary tool and method of communication, photography continues to play a powerful role shaping our social and cultural identity. With these qualities in mind, Your Collection: Photo i.d has been curated from Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery’s photographic collection to showcase work that explores the people, landscape and events that have helped shape the Hunter region. A selection of photographs from the series Passage, created by Douglas Archibald and Mervyn Bishop, reinforce the rich cultural history of Aboriginal peoples of this region, living and past. The exhibition will also feature dramatic imagery of events such as the Newcastle earthquake in 1989, the capture of notorious prison escapee Kevin John Simmonds in 1959 and the 1955 Maitland flood.

A gallery project by emerging curator Angus Bowen from the School of Creative Industries, The University of Newcastle, in consultation with Rob Cleworth.

Jack Little Hinton ferry wharf collapse (detail) 1932 silver gelatin photograph18.6 x 23.8cm. Donated through the 1990 Photographic Invitation Prize, collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery © the artist's estate.

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