We are busy repatriating sections of the Sydney Morning Herald vintage photograph archive back to Australia

 

The Story and Our Mission

In 2013 Fairfax Media sent the two million photograph archive of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper to a company in Little Rock, Arkansas to be digitized. In addition to news photos, hundreds of fine art photographs from well-known Australian artist-photographers (Max Dupain, Wolfgang Sievers, David Moore, Olive Cotton, Jeff Carter and others) were buried deep in the archive for over 40 years.

The scanning company was disbanded prior to completing the scanning, and the work was eventually managed by a court receiver. Part of the deal Fairfax made was to trade the vintage prints for the scanning services.

From the turmoil in the scanning company, the archive eventually became bank owned by a regional Arkansas bank with no interest in holding these photographs. After much discussion and negotiation, Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, CA bought the entire collection of vintage photos, with the goal and purpose of repatriating many of these historical documents back to Australia.

We are actively seeking Australian museums, libraries, public galleries, institutions and associations that want their historical documents.

For the record, this website is owned by Duncan Miller Gallery, Inc., a California corporation. It is not affiliated with the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper or Fairfax Media Ltd.


I applaud the efforts you are making to help return portions of the Sydney Morning Herald photographs to Australia.”
— Nick Minchin, Australian Consul General, New York

What We've Achieved So Far

  • The Bradman Museum has acquired 24,000 vintage photographs of Cricket players and matches.

 

  • Beleura has acquired 20,000 vintage theatre photographs.