BY KEITH JACKSON
Called Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua, the exhibition comprises images held by the Australian Museum in Sydney which are now on tour around Australia. It will be at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra until 29 May.
Frank Hurley was a “renowned photographer, film-maker, adventurer, storyteller and opportunist”, says the National Archives, "and he took several thousand glass plate negatives during two journeys to Papua in the early 1920s".
In 1927, apparently needigng the money, he sold 700 images and many of the artefacts he’d collected to the Australian Museum in Sydney.
The exhibition from the Australian Museum highlights a remarkable collection and also reveals a part of Hurley's career in colonial Papua that is not so well known.
The photographs show Papua both as a place of strong government and mission influence and as a traditional land.
“The culture clash between the colonial settlers and the Papuan people is clearly captured in some of these mesmerising images.
"They provide an important historical record of our Pacific neighbour, as well as reveal an intriguing insight into Hurley.”
Picture - Woman of Fane village, Central Province, July 1921. The woman wears a headband of dogs' teeth. You can see more of Hurley’s photographs here
Spotter: Peter Kranz