Mid-20th-century Melbourne was a city invigorated by great social and cultural change. One catalyst for this was the arrival of highly skilled and creative émigrés, who brought with them modernist ideas, an international perspective and a new visual language. The photographers among them had an eye for capturing images unlike any Australia had seen before.
Drawn from the Library's 2011 exhibition, our As modern as tomorrow gallery presents the work of Maggie Diaz, Norman Ikin, Helmut Newton, Athol Shmith, Wolfgang Sievers, Mark Strizic, Dacre Stubbs and Henry Talbot. They were among Melbourne’s leading commercial photographers during the 1950s and '60s, active in fashion illustration, advertising, architectural and industrial photography.