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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia


7 May 2016 - 21 August 2016 | Daily | 10am - 5pm



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Henry Talbot: 1960s Fashion Photographer

Step back in time and discover the striking fashions of the 1960s as you browse more than eighty photographs by fashion photographer, Henry Talbot.

In common with a number of other eminent practitioners in the postwar period, Henry Talbot was a European émigré artist who brought an invigorating internationalism to Australian photography.

Talbot’s career in Melbourne began in the late 1950s when he went into business with the renowned international fashion photographer Helmut Newton. Their Flinders Lane studio was a successful enterprise and they secured major clients including Sportscraft, Lucas and the Australian Wool Board. His time with Newton established Talbot’s place as a dynamic force in Australian fashion photography, and his work was regularly published in Australian Vogue.

Throughout the 1960s, and into the 1970s, Talbot was a leading figure in the Australian fashion world. His work was known for its fresh modern look linking contemporary fashion and popular culture, and exemplified the emerging youth culture of these exuberant times.

Capturing the spirit of Melbourne in the 1960s, many of the photographs have never been seen since their original publication more than 50 years ago and have been carefully selected from an archive of over 35,000 negatives, which Talbot donated to the NGV.


Henry Talbot
born Hindenburg, Germany 06 December 1920, arrived Australia 1940, died Sydney, New South Wales 25 January 1999
No title (Fashion illustration model wearing cotton capri pants and cropped sleeveless top on location in Papua New Guinea) 1961–66
gelatin silver photograph
20.1 x 19.2 cm
Henry Talbot Fashion Photography Archive (119647)
© Lynette Anne Talbot


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