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Henry Mayer, 1965

Hugo Wolfsohn

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 21.3 cm x 19.5 cm, image: 21.3 cm x 18.8 cm)

Henry Mayer (1919-1991) was Professor of Government at Sydney University from the 1960s to 1980s. A Dunera Boy, Mayer was a student of Peter Herbst and Kurt Baier. At Sydney University, Mayer taught many who went on to exercise a significant impact on media and communications policy and practice in Australia. Mayer's books include the five-volume Australian Politics: A reader (1967-1980), Marx, Engels and Australia (1964), Labor to power: Australia's 1972 election (1973) and Dilemmas in Mass Media Policies (1977). Mayer instigated the journal Media International Australia (MIA) in 1976. Until his death in May 1991 he was variously its editor, chairman of its editorial board, editor of its books and international section, and academic editor. In addition, he wrote hundreds of reviews of books and periodicals, gathered information for his 'Read and Noted' section, solicited articles, wrote articles, kept abreast of current research and maintained a huge network of contributors. For the journal to continue after Mayer's surprise death in May 1991, no fewer than seven editors had to be brought together to cover the range of his knowledge and efforts.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Elaine Mayer and Ms Vicky Mayer 2011

Accession number: 2011.35

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Artist and subject

Hugo Wolfsohn (age 47 in 1965)

Henry Mayer (age 46 in 1965)

Subject professions

Education and research

Donated by

Elaine Mayer (2 portraits)

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1. Henry Mayer, 1965. All Hugo Wolfsohn.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.