Street Photography

Coming Soon



Do you remember the candid street photographers of the 1930s–60s?

Do you have some of these photos in your family albums?

Thousands of these candid street photographs were taken each day, capturing people from all walks of life against the background of our cities and suburbs.

Sydney Living Museums, in conjunction with photomedia artist Anne Zahalka, is planning to bring this extraordinary record of Sydney and its people to light in a new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney in 2018.

We are looking for

Original street photographs from the 1930s to the 1960s. If you have any photographs to contribute please send a good-quality scan along with any information about the photo by the end of November 2017.

We are also interested in

  • hearing from past street photographers or anyone who worked in the photographic studios processing or selling the photos
  • the tickets that were handed out by the photographers, the envelopes the photos came in and other associated objects

Don't forget to tell us about your photo

  1. Who is in the photo and the order of appearance
  2. Where it was taken
  3. Date
  4. The story behind the photo
  5. Photographic studio (Turn your photo over and look for a stamp, for example, Leicagraph, Mac’s Photo Service – see above.)

How to scan your photo

Please scan your photos (front and back, with their borders included) in colour at 300dpi and email with any information about the photo to

Can't scan your photo?

Please contact us.

Contact details

T 02 8313 5645 (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

Please note that while all photos provide invaluable information about the history of street photography for our curators, we cannot guarantee that every photo we are sent will be used in the exhibition. We will let you know if we use your photo and Sydney Living Museums (SLM) will acknowledge your valuable contribution to this exciting project. Please provide the relevant attribution for your images, for example, image courtesy Smith family collection, image courtesy private collection.
By providing digital images to us you are granting permission for SLM to reproduce, publish, broadcast and/or communicate these images to the public for all non-commercial uses, including for exhibition display; press, publicity and advertising; social media, web and mobile web applications; and filming, recording and broadcasting, in association with this exhibition scheduled for display at the Museum of Sydney in 2018 as well as for any associated events, displays or exhibitions.
15 December 2018 - 31 March 2019

Open Today

22°  Showers
10AM - 5PM