100 Views of Canberra
Image: Josh Dykgraaf
100 Views of Canberra is a PhotoAccess Centenary of Canberra project, a book and exhibition recording the grand, not so grand and human faces of Canberra in its Centenary year through the eyes of 110 local photographers. While it does not define Canberra, its places and people, 100 Views of Canberra will help dispel many myths about and simplistic perceptions of the national capital.
Katsushika Hokusai’s 100 Views of Mount Fuji and the notion that anything can be viewed from many different points of view inspired the project. It was intended to encourage community engagement with the Centenary of Canberra, underlining the importance of celebrating our city’s great achievements over the past 100 years, giving people a way to become involved in the Centenary celebrations and promoting a fresh image of the national capital and its people. The collection of images responded to our invitation to participate and we are very pleased with and proud of the result.
Widely divergent places, moods, people and times of day are represented in the collection. Both the 100 Views of Canberra book supported by the ACT Government’s Community Centenary Initiatives Fund and the HUW DAVIES GALLERY exhibition—made possible by PhotoAccess and the artists themselves—are valuable social documents.
Barbie Robinson initiated and coordinated the project and designed the book. David Chalker and Barbie Robinson were its joint editors and joint curators of the HUW DAVIES GALLERY 100 Views of Canberra exhibition. All of the staff of PhotoAccess and many of our volunteers contributed as well, and we thank them. Stephen Best of Macquarie Editions and Paragon Printers ensured the prints in the exhibition and the book, respectively, were of outstanding quality and worthy tributes to the Centenary of Canberra.