State Library of Victoria > La Trobe Journal

No 64 Spring 1999

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‘Family and Friends’ Selected Photographs by Albert Tucker

In 1998 Albert Tucker donated to the State Library of Victoria ten of the photographs in the exhibition Albert Tucker: Family and Friends: 50 Years of Photographs, exhibited at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Malakoff Street, Caulfield North.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to the Tucker Estate for permission to reproduce four of the photographs here.
… I don't use a camera to take photographs as such; what I am thinking in terms of is reference and record for later on, I am looking for data, a characteristic thing that I might recognize as part of someone's features, characteristic, and fitting in with my consensus image. I'll grab a shot, just to get that one element.
The camera to me is an image collector just in the same way as is a piece of paper that I can draw on. The camera gives me another dimension of information about the person that I can't get by just sitting down and staring at them, when of course you get the comatose effect.
Albert Tucker, Introduction to catalogue of Faces I Have Met, an exhibition of paintings at Tolarno Galleries, April 1985.

Unknown photographer. Albert Tucker and Sweeney at Louise Tucker's home, 1947. Gelatin silver photograph, La Trobe Picture Collection.

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Albert Tucker 1914-1999, photographer. John and Sunday Reed with Sweeney, Open Country, Murrumbeena, 1947. Gelatin siver photograph, La Trobe Picture Collection.

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Albert Tucker 1914-1999, photographer. Joy Hester, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, 1942.

Over forty years after this photograph was taken, Albert Tucker made a crayon portrait of Joy Hester lying on grass and shading her eyes from the sun. (See ‘Joy Hester, 1983', reproduced in Albert Tucker, Faces I have Met, Melbourne, Hutchinson, 1986, p. 38.)
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Albert Tucker 1914-1999, photographer. Portrait of Arthur Boyd in his studio, Open Country, Murrumbeena, c. 1944. Gelatin siver photograph, La Trobe Picture Collection.

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Nolan's cover of Geoffrey Dutton's first book of poems. La Trobe Rare Books Collection, *LT A821.2

This illustration is unavailable for copyright reasons.