A colourful history of candid moments and star-studded photography from the Performing Arts Collection
From arrivals and rehearsals to backstage and performance, Flash! is a fascinating snapshot of Australia’s performing arts history, captured through rare and evocative photographs. Selected from the internationally significant Performing Arts Collection, the exhibition features some of our most famous stars and productions, as well as the work of leading performing arts photographers and studios.
See Nick Cave sound checking at the Seaview Ballroom in St Kilda in 1979, Dame Nellie Melba alighting from her chauffeured car in the early 1900s, or the chorus line from a 1947 production of ‘No No Nanette’ at His Majesty’s Theatre. Also included in the exhibition are never-seen-before images from renowned photographer Helmut Newton and rare work from Athol Shmith, Max Dupain, Ponch Hawkes and Jeff Busby.
Image credit: No, No, Nanette, His Majesty's Theatre, 1947. Photographer unknown. Gelatin silver photograph. Gift of J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd., 1978. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection