Summary

One of approximately 85,000 negatives from the Laurie Richards Collection taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.

Description of Content

Promotional image of a male weightlifter placing a hessian bag containing seemingly heavy material on a wooden pallet, the pallet is attached to a forklift. The image was taken at the Commonwealth Fertilisers and Chemicals factory at Yarraville. There is a man in a suit standing next to him and another behind the wheel of the forklift. In the background are eight factory workers watching on, they are sitting on barrels of Paradip, liquid arsenical sheep dip.

Physical Description

Black and white cellulose acetate negative.

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