Henri Talbot Exhibition: NGV

National Gallery of Victoria is currently exhibiting prominent 1960s fashion photographer Henri Talbot who brought invigorating internationalism to Australian fashion photography.

Closing  21 August 2016

See it at National Gallery of Victoria

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Level 3.

Henri Talbot was a commercial photographer and artist photographing major editorial campaigns for many of Australia’s fashion houses. He studied commercial art at the Reimann School in Berlin before fleeing Nazi Germany. He then developed a strong interest in photography and also was interested in design.

Talbot approached photography as an artist approaches a canvas, forming images by fashioning blocks of colour, compositional lines and depth of field, employing lighting and techniques to illuminate details, manipulating the model and drape of a fabric to finally capture his subject in a unique and extraordinary result.


Talbot’s career in Melbourne began in the late 1950s when he went into business with renowned international fashion photographer Helmut Newton. Together they ran a prominent photography studio in Melbourne’s fashionable Flinders Lane working with many prestigious fashionable clients including Sportscraft, the Australian Wool Board, Hilton, Kayser, Ford, GMH, Lucas, Pelaco, and worked with renowned models including Maggie Tabberer, Helen Homewood, Maggie Eckardt and Janice Wakely. This exhibition includes more than one hundred photos from Talbot’s photography work for Australian fashion editorial and advertising campaigns, with many of Talbot’s striking never-seen-before photographs from fashion shoots in campaigns for these and many other clients, and from working with these models as his muses.


His fashion photography with Helmut Newton became a dynamic force in Australian fashion photography as the penultimate photographers to work with, with his work being regularly featured in Australian Vogue throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Talbot’s photography had an air of style that linked a fresh contemporary look that fused popular culture and contemporary fashion exemplifying youth culture.

This exhibition is still open, that accompanied the awe-inspiring and memorable NGV’s landmark 200 Years of Australian fashion exhibition – now closed. The exhibition gives insight into the work in fashion photography and style of Australian fashion in the 1960s – 1970s in Talbot’s own unique luminous style that catapulted Australian fashion onto the international fashion scene.


Catch a last glimpse, before it closes:

7 May – 21 August 2016

National Gallery of Victoria

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square,

Level 3.