A Portrait of Australia: Stories Through lens of Australian Geographic opens in Orange

An exhibition of iconic photographs and stories from Australia’s outback, bush and coast will open at Orange Regional Museum, Orange on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

A Portrait of Australia: Stories Through the lens of Australian Geographic is touring the country as part of an unprecedented partnership between the National Museum of Australia and Australian Geographic.

The stunning display of large format photographic prints unites the expertise of Australian Geographic’s acclaimed photographers and the National Museum’s interpretive storytelling experience.

National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said, “This is a marvellous opportunity to take Australian stories to venues around the country by combining the National Museum’s exhibition and curatorial expertise with Australian Geographic’s 30 years of unparalleled photographic coverage of Australia’s land, nature and people.”

“This exhibition celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live and work there. Featuring photographs from the Australian Geographic archive, it will transport you to some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country where you will discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians,” Dr Trinca said.

Australian Geographic’s editor in chief, Chrissie Goldrick, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Museum of Australia. Both organisations strive to tell authentic Australian stories using the very finest storytelling methods, whether it be words, images or objects. These beautifully presented exhibitions transform our words and pictures into a truly immersive experience.”

Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said he was looking forward to seeing the exhibition.

“Particularly at a time when we can’t travel as much as we’d like, this is a great opportunity to see and celebrate just how diverse and beautiful our country can be,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

“It’s interesting to see the diverse range of images from the Australian Geographic archive”, said

Orange Regional Museum Manager, Dr Mary-Elizabeth Andrews, “I think our visitors will engage

with the often-dramatic but somehow familiar images, from fishermen battling wild seas off East

Gippsland to monster trucks in Kalgoorlie and young dancers in the spotlight at Cowra.”

The photographs will tour Australia for the next two years and were drawn from a book A Portrait of

Australia, which was produced to celebrate 30 years of Australian Geographic’s magazine.

The exhibition will be on display in Orange Regional Museum from 21 October – 22 November.

A Portrait of Australia: Stories Through the lens of Australian Geographic being installed

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