Exhibition themes
The works in the exhibition are gathered into themes.
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Modern times
facts and fantasies 
1920s–40s

From the 1920s to 1940s, the numbers and types of photographic images increased across all aspects of modern industry and social life, as did the numbers of photographers. Women photographers in particular made a significant contribution to the advance of modern photography.

While beautifully crafted pictorial photographs continued to be made across more locations in the Asia–Pacific region, photography was increasingly experienced through reproduction rather than as original prints. Illustrated magazines supported the rise of specialist photographers for news, advertising and lifestyle journals and corporate productions.

New attitudes to the purpose and power of photography developed, with photographers of the modern school inspired by the hard edges and unusual angles of the New Photography movement as well as other art movements in Europe. At the same time, glamour portraiture and lifestyle photography – developing out of Hollywood film stills and promotions – began to flourish. Facts and fantasies in photography competed for public attention.