Stories through lens of Australian Geographic now on tour

A Portrait of Australia: Photographic story of us hits the road

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LITTLE BIG FAN: Lajamanu girl Carol Green Napangardi has her face painted with her local footy teams colours as she cheers them on at Lajamanu in the Northern Territory. Photo: Bill Bachman

LITTLE BIG FAN: Lajamanu girl Carol Green Napangardi has her face painted with her local footy teams colours as she cheers them on at Lajamanu in the Northern Territory. Photo: Bill Bachman

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Collection of stunning photos gives regions an opportunity to tell their stories.

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An exhibition of 56 stunning photographs and stories from the outback, bush and coast is underway at three venues in the ACT, NSW and Queensland.

A Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic is a superb display of large-format prints touring the country in a collaboration between Australian Geographic, museums and galleries.

Over the next few months the exhibition can be seen concurrently at National Museum of Australia in Canberra, Pine Rivers Heritage Museum in Brisbane and Lavington Library in Albury, after which they will continue their way around Australia.

The photos have been drawn from the book A Portrait of Australia, which was produced to celebrate 30 years of Australian Geographic magazine.

Venues around the country can select from a collection of about 60 photographs from the magazine's archive to tell their own regional stories - and the stories of the nation. There has been strong interest from metropolitan and regional centres across Australia.

National Museum of Australia assistant director, public engagement, Mark Goggin said: "This has been 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 and we are delighted to share it with our visitors for the first time."

Australian Geographic editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick said: "We are thrilled to have partnered 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."

WHERE TO SEE IT...

Studio Gallery, National Museum of Australia until March 8, 2021; free. Running concurrently at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Whiteside, Queensland, until February 14, 2021 and Lavington Library, Albury, NSW, until May 1, 2021.

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