Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Australian Modern" publication to feature Henty House & Civic Square, Launceston

Some exciting news - a new publication is about to be released titled Australian Modern - Mid 20th Century Design, which will be released nationally in February.

I was invited to produce a story with accompanying photographs relating to the subject of Tasmanian Modernism. My feature story chronicles the history surrounding the Brutalist landmark Henty House and Launceston Civic Square in Northern Tasmania through my research and my photography.

Publisher and creative director of the new publication Chris Osborne writes: "With a resurging interest in all things mid-century, Australian Modern offers a unique retrospective of Australian mid 20th century architecture, design and cultural history. Australian Modern examines the projects, people and style of the period, enlightening readers about the mid-century modern movement and its talented and often overlooked designers. The informative range of topics includes Googie architecture, French fashion, the Goggomobil and Meadmore furniture, also mid 20th century suburban design, and the work of architects of the era. Australian Modern is an independent publication, designed, edited and printed in Brisbane"

An accompanying website has just been launched (one of my black and white photographs of Henty House features on the main page) and contains more information of where to get your copy of Australian Modern via stockists or online.
The landmark Henty House will by given national exposure in Australian Modern via a story and series photographs I produced for the publication.   

You’re invited to come and celebrate the launch of Australian Modern. Meet the Australian Modern design team and the contributors, and get your very own copy of Australian Modern ‘hot off the press’ at the various launch events around the country.

Mid 20th Century Design
ISBN: 9780980476729 (pbk)
68 Pages RRP $16

Adelaide Launch: Willunga Art Space, Friday 27 January, High Street. Willunga Ludwik & Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz Exhibition Contact: Adam Dutkiewicz for details

Brisbane Launch: Saturday 28 January 8pm, 9 Burchell Street Carina
Bookings and tickets 07 3395 4571

Melbourne Launch: Outre Gallery, Friday 2 March from 7pm, 249 Elizabeth Street. Melbourne
Bookings through Outre Gallery
Outre Gallery facebook event

Melbourne In-Store: Angelucci 20th Century, Saturday 3 March from 11am to 1pm,
113 Smith Street. Fitzroy  T: 03 9415 8001

Sydney Launch: To be advised (Possibly Thursday 26 April)


  1. Here is wishing you the very best with the new book. I must blushingly admit to knowing very little about the mid century modern movement. Even though I lecture about the history of art, architecture and design, my material rarely goes past 1925 and never goes past 1933.

    The photo on the front cover could not be more evocative of my youth - love the house, the car and especially the clothes :)

  2. Typical! No Perth Launch!
    Will still buy the mag though, looking forward to reading your contribution Thomas.


About the project

Join me (Thomas Ryan Photography) on a photographic project documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism from the 1930's to the 1980's. The entire project gallery of 1000+ images and counting can be viewed on my website under art projects. I have been undertaking this project for over a decade.

My portfolio of commercial and art projects can be seen on my website and I can be contacted here as well. All photographs are copyright of Thomas Ryan Photography. Unauthorised use is prohibited. Contact me for all enquires

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