Icon and Archive

Icon and Archive
The commemorative courtyard at night
 
Touring schedule
Gallery City State Start Finish
Monash Gallery of Art Wheelers Hill VIC 16 April 2010 11 July 2010
Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo NSW 4 February 2011 1 May 2011
Ipswich Art Gallery Ipswich QLD 18 July 2011 28 August 2011

Photographs are an inseparable part of our memory of war. They have come to play a vital role in our efforts to remember and to commemorate events of which many of us have no direct experience. While they can’t bring home the terrible experience of war, photographs can provide us with images that at least indicate something of its horror. This has been, from the start, one of the primary intentions of the war photograph.

Icon & Archive draws on the Memorial's extensive collection and includes many iconic photographs that have become lodged in our national memory, as well as numerous superb photographs that are less well-known.

Icon & Archive was on display at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra from 6 June until 12 October 2008. The exhibition will commence its national tour in 2010.