Kyla McFarlane on Henry Talbot

09 Jul 2020

This work by Henry Talbot, commissioned by the the Australian Wool Board, is a wonderful example of innovative Australian fashion photography in the 1960s. Talbot has taken the model out of the studio and on location, in Hay in regional New South Wales. Although it is intended as a fashion photo about the outfit the model is wearing, it shows so much more. Dr Kyla McFarlane explains…

 

Henry Talbot 1920
Sue Townsend in Hay (for the Australian Wool Board) 1963
black and white photograph
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1979