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Dictionary of Sydney: History of candid street photography

Photography is an amazing medium. In certain frames it can give us a candid glimpse of everyday life and transport us to another era.

This is exactly what happens in an fabulous exhibition currently on at the State Library of New South Wales called Crowdsource.

The exhibition presents the daring, concealed images snapped by photographer Arthur K Syer. Syer's friend the illustrator and cartoonist Phil May asked Arthur to take the photos for him to capture everyday life on Sydney streets. He wished to used the photos as a study for his illustrations - a gesture here, the tilt of the hat there, characters and types.
Dr Lisa Murray from the Dictionary of Sydney joins Mitch in the studio to talk about the daring candid street photography of the late 1800s. 


Last modified on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:21

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