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93/246/1 Archive, commercial and fashion photography, Henry Talbot and others, Australia/ Europe/ USA/ Asia, 1938-1985. Click to enlarge.

Henry Talbot photographic archive

Made by Talbot, Henry in Asia, 1938-85.

This is the photographic archive of a prominent Australian commercial and fashion photographer who worked in Australia (mainly Melbourne) after arriving in Australia aboard the ‘Dunera’ in 1940 as a refugee from Germany and the UK .

Henry Talbot was born in Germany in 1920. He attended the Reimann School in Berlin where he received training as a graphic designer. Before the outbreak of the second World War in 1939 he emigrated to England where he continued studies at the Birmingham...


Object No.


Object Statement

Archive, commercial and fashion photography, Henry Talbot and others, Australia/ Europe/ USA/ Asia, 1938-1985

Physical Description

Archive, commercial and fashion photography, Henry Talbot and others, Australia/ Europe/ USA/ Asia, 1938-1985

Archive of commercial and fashion photography, mainly by Henry Talbot, including
(-1) fashion magazines and clippings containing photographs by Talbot, 1959-1984
(-2) information and advertising, booklets, reports and catalogues containing photographs by Talbot, 1957-1971
(-3) advertising posters, point of sale displays and packaging, 1960s-1970s
(-4) Newton & Talbot promotional posters, 1960s
(-5) biographical material, 1960s-1970s
(-6) photographs and colour transparencies - automobiles, 1960s-1970s
(-7) photographs and colour transparencies - fashion, 1950s-1970s
(-8) photographs and colour transparencies - miscellaneous, 1960s-1980s, and
(-9) graphic design work, 1938-1947.



Henry Talbot (1920-1999)

Henry Talbot was born in Germany in 1920 and studied graphic design at the Reimann School in Berlin before fleeing Germany just prior to the outbreak of WWII. Interned as a German National in London in 1940, he was transported to Australia aboard the infamous prison transport ship the 'Dunera'. He served in the Australian Army from 1942 to 1946 where he met and established a close personal friendship with fellow German refugee, the renowned international photographer Helmut Newton, with whom he later shared a photography studio in Melbourne.

After the war, Talbot refreshed his studies of graphic design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology before travelling to Bolivia to be reunited with his parents. It was in Bolivia (1947-1950) that Talbot turned to photography. Talbot photographed Olympic gold medallist Dawn Fraser in the Olympic pool in Melbourne during 1956 and Australian models Penny Pardey and Judy O'Connell, house models for Pierre Cardin, in 1967.

Talbot later became Head of the Photography Department at the School of Art and Design at Preston (later Phillip) Institute of Technology, Melbourne (1973 - 1985). He moved to Sydney with his wife and sons, Neale and Jean-Paul, in 1985.

Talbot's later projects included studies of the nude, portraits of prominent Australian Jews (including modernist architect Harry Seidler) and revisiting the sites of the Holtermann photographs taken at and around the historic township of Hill End, located in the gold fields district of New South Wales.

Henry Talbot passed away in 1999 after revisiting the places of his youth in Europe.


Talbot, Henry Asia 1938-85



Personal archive of photographer, Henry Talbot.


Credit Line

Gift of Lynette Talbot, 1993

Acquisition Date

6 July 1993

Cite this Object


Henry Talbot photographic archive 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 May 2019, <>


{{cite web |url= |title=Henry Talbot photographic archive |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 May 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}


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