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Historians & the archive

In the first publication of the Working Men’s College Gazette of 1891, founding tutor and renowned Melbourne photographer, Ludovico Hart, spoke of photography and its application to both art and science. This acknowledgement carried through the curriculum and practice of tutors and students. This section explores the early years of photography at RMIT, sourced from historical photographs of Melbourne by Ludovico Hart and John Noone, as well as images sourced from the University archive of students, darkroom and workshop facilities and presentations of work. Beginning with photographs of Melbourne taken before the opening of the then Working Men’s College, these works demonstrate the quality of staff attracted, and dedicated to, the teaching of photography at the college. These photographers were deeply aware of the value photography would have on the documenting and recording of the city’s growth.

  • Frank Guy
  • Ludovico Hart
  • The Archives