Black and white 5" x 4" negative showing pop star Normie Rowe and the Playboys conducting a workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind.

This image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria comprising approximately 85,000 negatives taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s. These negatives are all mostly large format [5"x 4"/ 12.5 x 10 cm], black and white images, though a significant number are in colour. The many photographic jobs that were undertaken in the course of thirty years are itemised in a set of log books, copies of which are also held by Museum Victoria.

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.

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Normie Rowe and Graeme 'Trotta' Trottman, drummer in Rowe's band the Playboys, on visit to the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind school Burwood. Rowe and Trottman are instructing two visually impaired boys in the use of a drum kit and an electric guitar.

Physical Description

Black and white 5" x 4" cellulose acetate negative

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