State Library of South Australia

Keith Phillips: 20th Century South Australia

Date: 9 November 2017 to 25 February 2018

Location: Treasures Wall

Note: Free entry, open daily during Library hours (except public holidays)

Keith Phillips Nairne red gum c1955 SLSA PRG 1712 2 3
Keith Phillips, Nairne red gum c1955. SLSA: PRG 1712/2/3

Keith Phillips (1898 - 1973) was a South Australian photographer with a keen eye for capturing the true essence of what he saw in the world with his camera. Well-known for his photographs of 20th century Adelaide and South Australian landscapes and seascapes, this exhibition showcases Phillips' work.

Photographs of streets, parks, buildings and people evoke a sense of Adelaide time and place. Be transported back to when the streets of Adelaide, and its surrounds, looked different - the fashions, the cars, the buildings. Phillips' photographs of trees can make you feel as though you could reach out and touch their leaves or peel a piece of bark from their trunks.

About Keith Phillips

Born in Adelaide, Keith Phillips was educated at Pulteney Grammar and Adelaide High School. He served in both World Wars and was a photographer for most of his working life. He worked at Adelaide Steamship Company then Romney Studio in the 1930s, before working as a freelance photographer from 1936. As the official photographer for the University of Adelaide and Waite Institute, he photographed expeditions to the Pearson Islands and Central Australia.

He was an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (1946), and an Artiste of the Federation International de l'Art Photographique (1962) and, after retiring from Waite in 1963, he became Pictorial Editor for Rigby publishers. He published two books of his photographs, The Flinders in Colour (1968) and Barossa Valley (1972).

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