Australian stories on show at Museum of the Great Southern

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Lajamanu girl, Northern Territory.
Camera IconLajamanu girl, Northern Territory. Credit: Bill Bachman

A stunning collection of photos from Australia’s outback, bush and coast is delighting visitors to the Museum of the Great Southern these school holidays.

A Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic is on display at the museum until February 6 as part of a national tour.

The display of large format photographic prints unites the expertise of Australian Geographic’s acclaimed photographers and the National Museum of Australia’s interpretive storytelling experience.

“This stunning collection of images means a lot to the Museum of the Great Southern,” Museum of the Great Southern regional manager Catherine Salmaggi said.

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“By capturing the true essence of Australia, each photograph gives the viewer a true glimpse of our country, its people, and the remarkable beauty of our landscapes.

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Camera IconAustralia's Golden City. Credit: Frances Andrijich.

“The Great Southern, like many other places in Australia, has diverse landscapes and people.

“This exhibition gives us the opportunity to see ourselves in the places and faces pictured in this beautiful exhibition.”

Featured photojournalist Frances Andrijich was honoured when she found out three of her works were chosen for the exhibition.

Starting her career in 1984, Andrijich has travelled WA shooting for Australian Geographic magazine for 25 years.

Her photos highlighting Martu country near Newman, Pilbara’s Kumarina Roadhouse and Kalgoorlie’s St Barbara’s Festival can be seen in the exhibition which is open daily.

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Camera IconDesert Bounty. Credit: Frances Andrijich.

“I feel excited and honoured to have my photos on display in the Great Southern. I have shot extensively in the region over the years, including capturing Albany, Denmark and the wild, rugged coastline for tourism campaigns,” Andrijich said.

“I feel a real connection to the landscape and its people.

“I hope visitors and locals take away a snapshot of an Australia they may not have expected or experienced, as shown by a magazine that truly believes in capturing authentic stories.”

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