As the Museum prepared to unveil the finalists for the National Photography Prize 2016, this exhibition delved into the history of Australia's oldest photography prize.
In 1983, when the prize commenced, the decision to collect photography was progressive. At that time, photography was still on the cusp of gaining acknowledgment within the arts community as a true art form, and its value in public collections was uncertain.
The MAMA Art Foundation was firm in its resolve to support photography, and introduced the biennial National Photography Prize, through which it was able to make early acquisitions by renowned photographers Max Dupain, Richard Woldendorp, Phillip Quirk and Mark Strizic.
Over 90 works have been directly acquired through the National Photography Prize, and a further 350 photographic works have been acquired to strengthen MAMA's collection.