The Postles: Father & son's work in new exhibition

A unique new exhibition in Melbourne is showcasing the work of Cliff and Bruce Postle, two press photographers who captured some of the defining moments in Australia's recent history.

Cliff Postle started as a press photographer in Queensland in the 1920s. Over a long and fortuitous career for the Courier Mail and other publishers, he photographed Sir Charles Kingford Smith's landing at Eagle Farm airport, Queen Elizabeth's first tour of Australia, the sinking of the Marietta Dal in Moreton Bay and the devastating 1954 northern New South Wales floods.

His son Bruce worked at the Courier Mail as well. Over a five decade career in Queensland and Victoria Bruce earned a reputation as one of Australia's most loved press photographers, someone who risked life, limb and equipment for the perfect shot and could summon iconic front page images from the most unexpected of places.

In 2014 Bruce was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame, where he sits alongside other pioneers of Australian photography.

Bruce said of his father Cliff's approach to photography: "The great love and passion that he displayed for his craft were the inspiration for my photographic career. He photographed countless men and women in his time and he taught me that most people will do anything for you if you treat them with respect."

PRESS DYNASTY is the first-ever exhibition of photographs by both father and son. It is being run by Magnet Gallery in Melbourne and closes on 14 October 2017.

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