Great News! Our current exhibition ‘Out of the Box’ is now extended for two more weekends.
On now until the 29th January, giving our many friends of the gallery who may have only just returned from holidays, to view our exciting display of old-fashioned photography.
Works by Philip Bell, Anna Decombes, Tong Egan, Aquila Lee and Kerry Thomas.
Extended opening times:
Friday 28th – Saturday 29th, noon – six
or by appointment – 0421 526 391
The history of the Box Brownie Cameras
In the early to mid 20th century, family photo albums overflowed with small black and white pictures taken with Kodak Box Brownie cameras – family portraits, soldiers in uniform, holiday snaps and changing cityscapes. The Brownie was launched in the USA in 1900, in keeping in with the famous Kodak slogan, “You press the button, we do the rest.” Over one hundred different Brownie camera models were later made, the last being in Melbourne in 1962.
Now, another 60 years on, a group of 5 Sydney photographers is using Brownie cameras – simple light-tight boxes – to make photographic images which showcase their creative interests. With a fixed aperture, shutter speed and focal length, these old film cameras lack the sophistication of the “press the button” smartphones of the 21st century. Yet, as we hope to reveal in this exhibition, it is possible to make beautiful and engaging art using these time honoured cameras.