Top 5 Places to See a Photography Exhibition in Sydney

by Nicholas Rider

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Sydney is home to some of the best places in the country to see a photography exhibition. Whatever your tastes – whether it be old or contemporary, analogue or digital, portraiture or architecture, colour or black and white – you are sure to find it in Sydney. With so much to pick from, where do you begin? Here are our top 5 picks!

Art Gallery of NSW

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With a collection of over 4500 photographs and a range of regular free and paid photographic exhibitions, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is a perfect spot to get your dose of photography. There’s also plenty of other art to check out too!

The gallery’s photography collection explores the beauty and diversity of the medium. 80% of the works are Australian and half are from the last 30 years. The collection boasts artists such as Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, Fiona Hall, Max Dupain, David Moore and Yasumasa Morimura.

In the past the Art Gallery of New South Wales has held major photographic exhibitions showcasing the work of pioneers such as Julia Margaret Cameron (2015) and Eugène Atget (2012).

Where: Art Gallery Road, The Domain
When: Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm | Wednesday 10am – 10am
Contact: Official Website

Stills Gallery

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It’s all about the contemporary photography and multimedia art at Stills Gallery. The leading Australian gallery is situated in a converted warehouse and has a large exhibition and print room space. Stills Gallery is just over a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross Station.

You can expect to see both emerging and established artists during your visit. Stills Gallery has a history of nurturing the careers of some of the best contemporary photo-media practitioners. Along with its annual program of nine exhibitions, the gallery also hosts artist talks throughout the year so you can gain a better understanding of the displayed works.

Over the years, Stills Gallery has exhibited the work of artists such as William Yang, Trent Parke, Anne Ferran, Pat Brassington and Robyn Stacey.

Location: 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington
When: Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Contact: Official Website

Australian Centre for Photography

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As the country’s leading organisation for photography, the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) is certainly a place to put on your to do list. The centre is located within the arty suburb of Paddington on the bustling Oxford Street.

As well as checking out the four gallery spaces that are dedicated to displaying the work of Australian and international photo-media artists, there are also regular talks, special events, workshops and courses on offer – an opportunity to deepen your understanding of photographer’s work and to improve your own skills.

ACP has always displayed high quality and innovative photographic work, both of traditional and contemporary forms. Since 1973 the centre has exhibited the works of artists such as Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, Trent Parke, Man Ray and Cindy Sherman.

Where: 257 Oxford Street, Paddington
When: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm | Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Contact: Official Website

Black Eye Gallery

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Black Eye Gallery is devoted to showcasing the photographic art form and all lens based media from both established and emerging Australian and international artists. The gallery is less than a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross Station.

Tom Evangelidis, a Sydney-based photographer, is the director of Black Eye Gallery. Evangelidis has worked in various fields of photography including architecture, fashion and portraiture. Critics have praised his “technical brilliance and subtle eye” and “entrancing scale, colour and texture.”

The gallery has exhibited work by photographers such as Adrian Brown, Gary Heery, Frank Ockenfels, Michele Aboud and Damien Drew. They also stock publications by some of Australia’s best photographers.

Where: 3/138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
When: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Contact: Official Website

State Library of NSW

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A library is definitely not the first place that comes to mind when you’re looking for a photography exhibition. But at the State Library of NSW you’ll find photography in the Exhibition Rooms almost all year round – and best of all, the exhibitions are free!

Forget the artsy stuff that dominates traditional galleries. The State Library exhibits a variety of work from photojournalists, up-and-coming photographers and music photographers. An emphasis on war and Australian history is an important part of many of the library’s exhibitions.

The State Library is home to the World Press Photo exhibition in Sydney every year, along with the Sydney Morning Herald Photos1440. Photographers that the library have exhibited in the past include Tony Mott (2015/2016), Nic Bezinna (2014/2015) and Don McCullin (2014).

Location: Macquarie Street, Sydney
When: Monday – Wednesday 9am – 5pm | Thursday 9am – 8pm | Friday 9am – 5pm | Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Contact: Official Website



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