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Graham S. Burstow

(Born Toowoomba, Queensland, 1927)

Graham started photography as a young man of seventeen – introduced to it by his younger brother, Sydney, who had joined the Toowoomba Grammar School’s camera club. Thus began a lifelong passion for the artform and a commitment to its promotion through the photographic society movement – the latter seeing him recognized through the award of an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Photography in Australia in 2004.

Other career highlights of Graham’s include:

  • the publication of a book of his prints called Touch Me, 1998
  • his inclusion in a group of six prominent Queensland-based photographers chosen by the Queensland Art Gallery to document aspects of Queensland life for a major exhibition, Journeys North, as part of the bicentenary celebrations 1988
  • prints acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library of Queensland, and the National Library of Australia for their permanent collections.

Graham is a life member and Patron of the Toowoomba Photographic Society, of which he has held most offices. In 1962, he became a Foundation Member of the Australian Photographic Society. He is now an Honorary Life Member, Past President, Past Chairman of the Print Division, and still sits on three subcommittees. By submitting his work to exhibitions in more than thirty overseas countries and by being Chairman of six International Exhibitions in Australia, he was able to make use of this knowledge in establishing some of the services now organised in Australia.

One of these was the establishment of the ‘Social Documentary’ category in Australian exhibitions – a type of photography he particularly enjoys. As a result of his exhibition history, Graham is the first Queenslander to have achieved a Fellowship in each of the Australian, British, and American Photographic societies.

Graham maintains a strong involvement in the Photographic Society of Queensland, being a regular lecturer and subcommittee member. He continues to photograph using film and creates prints using silver gelatin.