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Jeff Carter archive / Jeff Carter
Bib ID 6969795
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline [text, still image, unmediated carrier, sheet]
Carter, Jeff, 1928-2010, photographer
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Description 1950-2000 
17 m (47 boxes) + 23 medium folio boxes 
approximately 103,200 photographs, negatives/transparencies, slides, prints and digital photographs : colour, black and white. 

Personal archive of Jeff Carter created during his working life as a photojournalist and photographer. The collection comprises approximately 177 manuscript files of typescript articles, drafts, clippings, transcripts, letters and 61 notebooks; 1500 photographic working prints and proof sheets; 600 National Library of Australia reference prints; 1600 x 2 1/4 inch negatives; 70,000 x 35 mm colour, black and white negatives; 14,500 x 35 mm colour slides and 15,000 digital photographs. The collection is predominantly Australian but does include a small amount of images from Europe.

The Jeff Carter archive documents Australian rural and working life in the latter half of the twentieth century, Australian people, places and events, social and environmental changes in Australian history, portraits of individuals or groups representing aspects of Australian life and which contribute to the social record.


Jeff Carter is widely regarded as one of Australia's most influential documentary photographers, whose photographs of the ordinary Australian, taken over a long career, have created a significant visual record of Australian social life and customs. Carter began his peripatetic life as a photo-journalist in the late 1940s and travelled extensively throughout Australia capturing the lives of those he felt would normally go unnoticed: workers, fruit pickers, drovers, swagmen and Aboriginal Australians. Not only did he capture the harshness of life in the bush, he was also fascinated by beach culture, and the ever-changing life along Australia's coast which became a major subject for him over the period. From the 1950s Carter principally earned his living selling illustrated stories to magazines and newspapers such as People, Pix, Women's Weekly and Women's Day. An unashamed populist, he wrote hundreds of magazine stories, published a number of illustrated books, created documentary films, and a television series. Further biographical information available at


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Source of Acquisition Purchased from the Jeff Carter Estate, 2015. 
Subjects Carter, Jeff, 1928-2010 -- Archives.  |  Country life -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Beaches -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Employees -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Drovers -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Festivals -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Australia -- Social life and customs -- Photographs.  |  Australia -- Social conditions -- Photographs.
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