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On the Sheep’s Back: a journey back to the 1950s

2 Feb 2018

The work of renowned photojournalist Francis Reiss will go on show in February at Box Hill Community Arts Centre (BHCAC) in the exhibition, On the Sheep’s Back.

Whitehorse Councillor Denise Massoud said the photographic exhibition depicted outback farming life on an Australian sheep station in the 1950s during a time when the Australian economy rode “on the sheep’s back”.

“This exhibition has been a great success wherever it has toured.  It is full of images of a way of life that symbolises hard work and the iconic rugged farmer in a battered Akubra,” Cr Massoud said.

“Reiss took these memorable photojournalistic images at Burren Burren station in NSW with station owner Rex White and his family featuring in the photos. This free exhibition at BHCAC is a wonderful chance to see the work of a world-renowned photographer in your local area.”

The exhibition runs from 13 February-4 March and its enduring images offer a glimpse of the effort involved in running a 30,000 acre property with 5000 sheep at the height of the wool boom.

Reiss’ work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum and the Whitehorse Art Collection.

Reiss’ photography has captured remarkable people and places throughout the 20th century, including portraits of key cultural figures, poor white farming communities in America’s mid-west and the devastation wreaked by the London Blitz.
On the Sheep’s Back
When: 13 February – 4 March
Where: Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-7.30pm and Friday 9am-5pm 
Admission: Free

For more details about the exhibition, phone Box Hill Community Arts Centre on 9895 8888 or visit www.bhcac.com.au

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