Beach, Bush + Battlers: Photographs by Jeff Carter
Margaret Carnegie Gallery: 15 March – 18 May
Jeff Carter The drover’s wife, Urisino Bore, 1958 digital ( inkjet ) photographic print
This photographic exhibition features images from the State Library’s collections by photographer Jeff Carter.
Jeff Carter (1928–2010) was a remarkable storyteller. For over 60 years he travelled Australia, using photography to celebrate the lives of ‘ordinary’ people at work and play, thereby producing one of this country’s most historically significant photographic archives. The works in Beach, Bush + Battlers have been selected from Carter’s extraordinary collection of over 50,000 images of Australian life, spanning 1944–2010.
The Jeff Carter photographs in Beach, Bush + Battlers have been selected from his remarkable, historically significant archive of over 50,000 works celebrating the lives of everyday Australians in rural, outback, urban and coastal communities dating from the late 1940s through to today.
Curator Sandra Byron, the leading expert on Carter's work, says about the exhibition: 'Carter's iconic images are a testament to his respect for ordinary people and his commitment to the Australian landscape and environment.'
Carter (also an acclaimed author and award-winning film-maker), continued to travel and photograph into his eighties. When not on the road he lived on his 45 hectare property, Glenrock Farm Wildlife Refuge, Foxground, which he had gazetted into a Wildlife Refuge in 1962.
Sadly, Jeff Carter died in October 2010.