The Library is an active collector of documentary photography, especially images that record Victoria’s social history.
The collection covers 19th- and 20th-century photography, from the daguerreotype to digital media. We collect vintage prints, mass-produced commercial photographs and all types of photographic negatives. This includes work by professional and amateur photographers.
Many of these photographs have been digitised and can be seen online.
Collection highlights include:
- Sun Pictures of Victoria 1858, an album of photographs by Richard Daintree and Antoine Fauchery
- panoramas and views of 19th-century Victoria by Charles Nettleton, JW Lindt, Nicholas Caire and other commercial photographers
- the images in the glass negative collection, which provide a glimpse of the lives of 19th- and early 20th-century Victorians
- the photographs of Wolfgang Sievers, Mark Strizic and Rennie Ellis, which document life in the late 20th century
- the 1970s streetscapes photographed by the Committee for Urban Action (CUA) in Fitzroy and Castlemaine
- contemporary photographic collection