My Brilliant Career

Samstag Museum of Art Publications

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Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

Essays by Karen Vickery, Gael Newton, Meg Labrum, Jennifer Coombes, Dr Jennifer Gall and Penelope Grist

Portraiture accompanies every step of the creative process of filmmaking - from casting, to stills photography on location, to the posters for film on its release. Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits draws on the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's rich collection of previously unseen photography to explore the history of Australian movie portraiture from the early 20th century to today.

Australia's cinema history comes alive through glimpses of many faces, familiar and unfamiliar. You may not have been aware of the back-story of Australian filmmaking in the 1920s, but you may now respond to the tender and challenging portraits of those who worked through that fruitful decade, just as you will see overlays of many of those same photographic techniques in the most recent images. It is a story of continuity and growth. Indeed, it is nothing less than the story of Australian cinema, revealed through images of players from every echelon of the cinematic game, from earnest first-time stills photographers to silver screen idols.

Hardcover, full colour | RRP $29.95 incl. GST


The Samstag Legacy: An Artist's Bequest

Essays by Lea Rosson DeLong and Ross Wolfe

The American artist Gordon Samstag famously made of the great cultural bequests benefitting the arts in this country, enabling Australian visual artists to develop their skills and abilities internationally – through the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Art Scholarships.

This groundbreaking book charts the lives and careers of Anne and Gordon Samstag, and their sixteen years of living and working in Australia and eventual return to America.

Who were the enigmatic Samstags? Intensely private, each boasting rich ancestral family trees, philanthropy was in their blood. This is their story.

Proudly published by the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art for the University of South Australia’s 25th birthday celebrations and the 25th anniversary of the Samstag Scholarships.

"At last, the world will know about the well-connected Samstags!" — Daniel Thomas, Art Monthly Australasia

392 pages, hardback, richly illustrated with over 190 images

Hardcover, full colour | RRP $50 incl. GST