On the Sheep’s Back

Date: Tuesday 30 June 2020 at 10:00am - Tuesday 07 July 2020 at 4:00pm

Location: Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill View on map

Photographer Francis Reiss (1927-1917) began his working life with the English magazine Picture Post, London, in 1945. He subsequently worked for LIFE, in New York, until 1950. In 1951, Reiss was to capture the enterprising sheep station of Burren Burren, where some 5,000 sheep roamed the 31,000 acres of an Australian farm owned by the White family. On the Sheep’s Back is witness to the success of Rex White, his wife Helen and their daughter Belinda. 

The negatives of the Burren Burren images were lost many years ago, but one set of prints, made in the darkroom at Picture Post, survived and was purchased by the National Library of Australia. Michael Silver of Photonet Gallery + Fine Art Printing, has digitally remastered and reprinted the almost 70 year-old silver gelatin prints. 

Francis Reiss donated the remastered images that form On the Sheep’s Back to the City of Whitehorse, through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.   

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