Behind the lens: Twenty curator's talks

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Join Anna Thurgood, Twenty exhibition curator, as she chats to the extraordinary photographers who have captured pivotal moments in Queensland's history and those that simply express our everyday life. Gain insight into what makes them tick, why they took up photography and why they take the pictures they do.

The 20 minute interview will include a live Q&A session, where you can ask questions and find out more about the creators who have helped shape the astonishing visual archive at State Library.

This is an online event. The pre-recorded talk will be streamed and we encourage you to join the Q&A after the event on State Library's Facebook page using #slqTwenty  @slqld  

Talk series

Thu 25 Jun, 5pm | Behind the lens with Anna Thurgood

Anna Thurgood is curator of Twenty and will provide an overview of the photographs and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the exhibition. Please be aware there is no live Q & A for this session.

Thu 2 Jul | Interview with Brian Cassey + live Q & A

Brian Cassey is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Cairns who has covered some of the biggest events in the Asia Pacific region in the last 20 years. His work has appeared on the front page of The Courier-Mail and The Australian newspapers as well as many national and international publications.

Thu 9 Jul | Interview with Jo-Anne Driessens + live Q & A

Jo-Anne Driessens, a descendant of the Koa people, completed her cadetship at State Library of Queensland and spent the next 15 years working as a staff photographer. Still a photographer herself, Jo-Anne is passionate about supporting and mentoring the next generation of Aboriginal documentary photographers.

Thu 16 Jul | Interview with Stephen Booth + live Q & A

Stephen Booth has spent the last 20 years photographing the live music scene in Australia, from the smallest punk shows to the largest festivals. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone Australia, NME and Spin magazines as well as The Courier-Mail and The Australian newspapers.

Thu 23 Jul | Interview with Kelly Hussey-Smith and Alan Hill + live Q & A

Kelly Hussey-Smith and Alan Hill, who work both separately and together, have an interest in the intersection of documentary photography, visual art and investigative journalism. Although both academics, their collaborative photographic practice explores the transactional relationship between economy and community, often imbuing the mundane and the ordinary with a quiet majesty.

Thu 30 Jul | Interview with John Gollings AM + live Q & A

John Gollings AM is recognised nationally and internationally as Australia’s pre-eminent architectural photographer and his images have played a significant role in shaping public perception of Australian architecture. He also has a long-held passion for the Gold Coast, where he holidayed with his family, returning to photograph the same locations 40 years apart.

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About Twenty

Remember, see and feel the last 20 years through Twenty – an online exhibition of State Library of Queensland’s contemporary photography collection​s.

State Library has ​collected an astonishing visual archive of Queensland which has tremendous cultural and educational value to current and future generations.

Showcasing over 200 photographs – explore the documentary images captured by Mick Richards, John Gollings, Jo​-Anne Driessens and many others.

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