Philip Jones: Images of the Interior

European views of Central Australia

Helen Ennis


Images of the Interior: Seven Central Australian Photographers
by Philip Jones
Wakefield Press, $39.95 pb, 161 pp, 9781862545847


One section on Australian photography slowly growing on my bookshelves is devoted to anthropological and ethnographic photography. Philip Jones’s latest book, Images of the Interior: Seven Central Australian Photographers, belongs there because of the amount of anthropological material it contains. But it could also take its place among books devoted to vernacular photography, because none of the seven photographers Jones has selected was professionally trained. All were keen amateur photographers who produced substantial bodies of work during the time they lived and worked in Central Australia. The book deals with an epoch of dramatic change, beginning in the 1890s with some of the earliest European photographs of the Centre, and concluding in the 1940s.

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Published in November 2011, no. 336
Helen Ennis

Helen Ennis

Helen Ennis holds the William Dobell Chair in Art History at the Australian National University, and is a past ABR Fellow.  She is an independent photography curator and writer specialising in the area of Australian photographic practice. Her publications include Reveries: Photography and Mortality (2007) and Photography and Australia (2007). Her biography Margaret Michaelis: Love, Loss and Photography (2006) was awarded the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and the prize for Best Book from the Power Institute of Fine Arts and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. She is currently writing a biography of the photographer Olive Cotton. (Photograph by William Yang)

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