Richard Walsh In “OZ” Office. Robert McFarlane, b.1942 Aust.
Go Back

Richard Walsh In “OZ” Office

c1964-1965. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, titled, dated, annotated and signed with photographer’s label verso, 23.1 x 15.7cm.

Annotation reads “Hunter St, Sydney. LCR 7 (b). Vintage print.” Label reads “Credit: Photography by Robert McFarlane, P.O. Box 685, Darlinghurst, 2010, Australia. (02) 357-2280.”

The OZ magazine poster shown in the background features artwork appropriated from a WWI poster, with the original title amended to read: “God bless dear Daddy who is fighting the Viet Cong and send him OZ.”

Richard Walsh was one of the co-founders of the satirical underground OZ magazine, and was sentenced to prison for obscenity together with co-editors Martin Sharp and Richard Neville. In 2006 he commented “OZ was born in the bland, conservative world of the early ’60s. It was the Menzies era: Australia was white Anglo Saxon, culturally barren and very, very insular. The Queen, the church and the RSL ruled the day. If you did anything radical, you were a communist. To call for the White Australia policy to end was a betrayal of our boys killed by the Japanese. Like lots of young people, we wanted to take the place by the scruff of the neck and change it.” Ref: Wiki; The Australian, 4.9.2016.

Item #CL191-116

Price (AUD): $3,950.00  other currencies

See all items in Photography