Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925333732
Released: March 2017

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Agents of Empire: How E.L. Mitchell’s photographs shaped Australia

By Joanna Sassoon

For nearly 100 years, E.L. Mitchell’s emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors?

With unprecedented access to private collections and showcasing his extraordinary photographs, Agents of Empire charts Mitchell’s rise from his struggles as a migrant in New South Wales and Queensland to significant image-maker in Western Australia. It then follows the journeys of individual photographs across the world, and traces the stories behind the survival and destruction of parts of his archive.

Agents of Empire breaks new ground in showing ways that photographs can be used as historical evidence and how archives can shape our understanding of the past.

Joint winner of the 2018 Margaret Medcalf Award

"...This rigorous study examines the important role of archives in historical – and present day - processes of nation and empire building. Beautifully-produced, its rich images and accessible text constitute a landmark book that will appeal to many readers in Australia and overseas." (Judging panel's citation)


Categories: Non-fiction, Australian History, Photography, Biography, Art

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