Images from the collections of Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society.


Street Photography in the Illawarra

An exhibition by Anne Zahalka with Wollongong Art Gallery

27 November 2021 – 1 May 2022

Leading Australian photo-media artist Anne Zahalka is asking residents of Wollongong and the Illawarra to contribute their family street photographs for this unique project.

We are seeking submissions of original prints taken by commercial street photographers from the 1930s-60s who worked the streets, beaches and towns of the Illawarra, photographing people as they posed or passed by. The pedestrian was handed a ticket with the details for where to view and purchase their photograph. These candid portraits were an affordable way to buy photographs of themselves, friends and family in a time before many had personal cameras.

We would be very keen to include any street photographs taken here (or even overseas before citizens migrated to the Illawarra) as the commercial street photographer was ubiquitous worldwide. So look through your personal family albums, biscuit tins and shoeboxes to find these historic postcard size snaps!

Images from the collections of Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society.

In contributing to the Street Photography call-out you:

  • have authority/ ownership of the photograph/s submitted.
  • understand the image/s will be reproduced in non-commercial uses associated with the proposed exhibition Snapped! Street Photography in the Illawarra, in conjunction with Wollongong Art Gallery in 2021.
  • will be credited, where possible, using wording provided in your submission.
  • understand that submitting a photograph does not guarantee it will be featured.
  • Personal information will be handled in accordance with relevant legislation and Wollongong City Council policy.
  • Photographs will be archived in the Wollongong City Libraries Local Studies Collection and may be made available online.

Scanned photographs should be in full colour mode (not greyscale) with the border included at 300 – 800dpi and saved as a tiff or jpeg.

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