Whilst I was at the NGV checking out the $1,000,000 photograph, I also checked a photographic exhibition the gallery is running.

The exhibition is called:- After Image: Social Documentary Photography in the 20th century.

There are 38 photographs from some of the well known and not so well known photographers. Represented are American, Australian, British, European and South African photographers.

Alfred Stieglitz has a couple of original prints which were printed in 1913.

Dorothea Lange has what I think is the best printed picture in the exhibition. It really is beautifully well done. I assume this is because the neg is pretty good as well.

Robert Capa has a few as well. His are perhaps his most famous. The Spanish soldier being shot and falling and the D Day picture of the soldiers swimming to shore.

Really quite interesting to see the actual prints and compare the materials and methods of today with what was available back then.

Bill Brandt also featured and the grittiness in the picture of the coalminer being scrubbed by his wife, has to be seen to be believed.

In short it's a chance to see some fantastic original prints in the flesh.

Once again it's free and at the National Gallery of Victoria.

On until the 1st of April.

Mick.