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Bamberger, Molly D. (1878 - 1962)

Born
1878
Died
11 September 1962
Occupation
Photographer

Summary

Molly Bamberger is known for her Pictorialist photography and her leathercraft work.

Details

Molly Bamberger was born in 1878 and died on 11 September 1962. Not a great deal is known of her life apart from her photographic practice and her leathercraft. Bamberger was considered a talented photographer and enjoyed a strong reputation during the time she was active (Hall 93). She was active in the Photographic Association of NSW from 1940-1944, and a member of the Society of Arts and Crafts NSW, c.1920s.

Bamberger's photographs embody the Pictorialist style - she utilised soft lighting and blurred edges in capturing the subjects of her photographs. When shades of evening fall, c.1930, captures a rural setting according to the conventions of Pictorialism. In the foreground, an old fence and a number of trees frame the background, composed of a clearing and the bushland in the distance. The photograph is softly lit with delicate rays of light drawing the viewer into the work, towards its framed sky. The image evokes the ambience of a charcoal drawing.

Bamberger was also known for her leathercraft. Three of her works were acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW, and subsequently exhibited through NSW.

Collections

Art Gallery of NSW

National Library of Australia

Events

1910s - 1943
Active as amateur photographer
1913 - 1943
Exhibition - Molly Bamburger regularly exhibited her work with the Society of Art and CraftNSW.
1942
Prize - Molly Bamburger was awarded a major prize from the Photographic Society of New South Wales.
1978
Exhibition - Molly Bamburger's work featured in Project 24-Cicadas and Gumnuts: The Society of Arts and Crafts 1906-1935. Location: Art gallery of New South Wales
1995
Exhibition - Molly Bamburger's work featured in Beyond the Picket Fence. Location: National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
1998
Exhibition - Molly Bamburger's work featured in Flora and Fauna - Australian Decorative Art from the Gallery's Collection. Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
2006
Exhibition - Molly Bamburger's work featured in Social riches: The Society of Arts & Crafts of New South Wales. Location: Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly NSW.

Sources used to compile this entry: Hall, Barbara and Mather, Jenni, Australian Women Photographers 1840 - 1960, Greenhouse Publications, Richmond, Victoria, 1986, 164 pp; 'Molly Bamberger', in Design and Art Australia Online, https://www.daao.org.au/bio/molly-bamberger/.

Anne Maxwell (with Morfia Grondas and Lucy Van)

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