Window on Collections: the Rural & Regional Photography Commission is a poignant series of photographs that document the year that was 2020 in regional Victoria. Captured through a local lens, these images share moments of regional life and its challenges in this extraordinary time.
For 165 years, State Library Victoria has commissioned and collected photographs as a vital window into our collective past and a record of contemporary life as it's lived.
The year 2020 was an unprecedented one for Victorians, who faced the onslaught of extreme bushfires followed by a global pandemic.
What was the impact in regional Victoria of these life-changing events? What local stories of courage, loss and resilience emerged in rural Victoria?
To find out, the Library commissioned four photographers to capture untold stories from regional communities with which they each share a deep and personal connection.
Over 350 images have been captured for Window on Collections, our new series of displays – from full galleries to surprising pop-ups – that give you a glimpse of what we’re collecting and why. You can view a tightly focused showcase of the series here.
These photos are by Tiffany Garvie in East Gippsland, Fabiana Guerreiro in south-west Victoria, Aldona Kmieć in Gippsland and James Wiltshire in north-east Victoria. They are now part of the State Collection, highlighting the importance of the lived experience of Victorians to the State Collection now and for posterity.
This project received a Highly Commended for the AMaGA Victoria Award for large museums/galleries in the 2021 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards.