The state we're in: Contemporary Queensland photography

29 January – 11 April 2010

The state we're in showcases new work by a selection of Queensland’s leading photographers.

Focussing on artists whose primary medium is photography and who are extending the parameters of contemporary photographic practice, the exhibition explores themes concerning local history, the landscape, constructed identities and environments, sites of struggle and memento mori. Included in the exhibition are artists Paul Adair, Camilla Birkeland, Eric Bridgeman, Ray Cook, Marian Drew, Shane Fitzgerald, Joachim Froese, Mari Hirata, Peter Milne, Maurice Ortega, Martin Smith and Carl Warner.

The state we're in: Contemporary Queensland Photography coincides with the biennial Queensland Festival of Photography 3 (April 2010).

Curator: Gordon Craig

Interpretive Resources

  • Powerpoint presentation [1.2MB] available here
  • Teacher Notes and Excursion Task Sheets [1.4MB] available here
  • Listen to or download MP3 'Everyone’s a photographer now…’ panel discussion 10 April, 2010 [15MB] here


View the publication The state we're in: Contemporary Queensland photography  here


View 'Exhibition looks at Queensland through a new lens' here

Marian Drew
Rainbow lorikeet on Queensland needlepoint 2008
inkjet print on cotton rag, edition 1/5
90.0 x 108.7 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2009
Courtesy of the artist and the Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane