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Jeff Carter with his dog Annie Rose at Foxground NSW, 2000 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 48.5 cm x 33.0 cm, image: 30.5 cm x 20.3 cm)
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Jeff Carter (1928-2010) was Australia’s great photographer of ‘ordinary’ Australians at work and leisure. When ‘asked to leave’ Melbourne Boys High School in his final year, 1946, he took to the road with a typewriter and camera, finding work in the high country with cattle, the subject of his first photo-story. In Rockhampton he met his first wife, a Norwegian sideshow motorcyclist; they had two children, Karen and Thor. He made a living from diverse jobs including tent boxing and trawling while producing stories and photographs for People, Pix, Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day; in due course he became editor of Outdoors and Fishing. In 1955, he took up with a new partner, Mare Thompson-Read-Young, who was henceforth his collaborator and the mother of his children Goth and Vandal. In 1962 they moved to Foxground, near Kiama, where he lived for the rest of his life, and died. Together they brought forth hundreds of stories, books and the television series Wild Country, while their property, Glenrock, became a haven for endangered and injured native animals. Carter’s photographs are held by most major Australian galleries and there are more than 700 of his images in the collection of the National Library. A major retrospective of his works was held at the State Library of New South Wales in 2011.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Accession number: 2017.128

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Robert McFarlane (age 58 in 2000)

Jeff Carter (age 72 in 2000)

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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.