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Reproduced courtesy of Estate of Jeff Carter

Tribal Gathering

Date: 1964
Mount / Matt size: 522 x 717 mm
Display dimensions (Frame): 550 x 745 x 45 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Estate of Jeff Carter
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00027925
Related Place:Cronulla,

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    Street photography, made famous by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, was a popular genre for Australian photographers such as Jeff Carter, who explored identity and culture though images of rural and coastal Australia. Between 1959 and 1965 Carter created a series of photographs which documented the experiences of beach goers during long lazy Saturday afternoons, at local competitions and while on holiday. In 'Tribal Gathering', upended, imbedded surf boards provide a totemic backdrop to this group of surfing devotees at a carnival at Wanda Beach, near Cronulla, New South Wales in 1964.
    SignificanceJeff Carter photographed Australians at rest and play, capturing the diversity of those who were drawn to the beach. His photographs are a valuable document of Australian beach culture in the 1960s, with 'Tribal Gathering' providing an important record of changes in surfboard manufacture and swimwear fashions.

    HistoryBorn in 1928, Jeff Carter became a freelance photographer in 1954, selling to magazines and journals such as Walkabout, Pix, People, Women's Weekly, Pertinent, Woman's Day, Modern Motor, Weekend, Man, Wheels, Today, Picture Post, Life, Epoca, Merian, Paris-Match, Stern, Esquire, and National Geographic. He began his career in rural Australia, photographing farmhands, drovers, shearers, and miners. He later returned to coast, publishing 'Surf Beaches of Australia's East Coast' in 1968. Throughout his career Carter has produced series that explore the progression of events over time. Concentrating on rituals and process, they comprise evocative images that are candid rather than posed, almost always taken using natural light.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Tribal Gathering

    Assigned title: Stam bijeenkomst

    Assigned title: Staml Treffen

    Related People
    Photographer: Jeff Carter

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