7 Photographs That Shaped The Future

01 March - 24 March

Image: NASA/Bill Anders, Earthrise, 1968.

Visual turning points in human understanding.


01 March - 24 March


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Certain images have the capacity to change minds, shape our understanding of a situation or bring about action. These seven photographs are perhaps already familiar. Even if we don’t know the exact details, they sit in the popular imagination. Each marks a turning point, whether in the Australian Land Rights Movement, the Environmental Movement, our understanding of a World War, or the way people perceived a humanitarian crisis.

It could be said that history breaks down into images, because they communicate with such immediacy, transcending language and holding stories within them. These photographs are testament to the power of the medium to not only record history, but to shape the future.

Curated by PHOTO Australia Supported by Helen and Michael Gannon

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March