Melbourne post-war photography

A companion to the State Library of Victoria's 'As modern as tomorrow' exhibition. Includes images held in our Pictures Collection and links to external sites. Explores individual photographers and photographic styles.

Das Deutsche Litchbild, Modern Photography and US Camera

Like many of their generation, Melbourne-born photographers learned about new movements in photography by reading international journals and photography annuals such as Das Deutsche Litchbild (a photographic annual originally published between 1927 and 1938), Modern Photography and US Camera.

These journals embraced the aesthetics of the New Photography movement which was characterized by clean lines, bold lighting and the use of unusual camera angles to create geometric patterns and shapes. 

Another important magazine at the time was the Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung. This magazine came out of the Worker Photography Movement of the 1920's and 1930's, which started in Germany and the USSR and greatly influenced the international practice of photography.

European photo modernity shaped the course of photography to come. See the FOTO: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1948 exhibition.

Try some of these contemporary photographic periodicals: