A display of rare, hand-coloured photographs from the First World War will open at the State Library of NSW on 25 June 2016.


 Column on the march approaching the Sea of Galilee, one of the photographs by Frank Hurley, taken around 1918, from the Colour in Darkness at the State Library of NSW.

Titled Colour in Darkness, this free exhibition showcases more than 150 unique photographs including some of the first known aerial photographs and images by  renowned official war photographer, Frank Hurley.

This is the first time many of the pictures have been exhibited in almost 100 years. Many of the photographs were taken by soldiers in the field or while on R&R and present a unique personal perspective on the war.. Some were even taken by enemy soldiers. They depict sweeping desert views of Light Horse troops on the march, scenes of devastation on the Western front, and rare snapshots of occupied Germany.

The State Library of NSW is open between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays and between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on weekends. The exhibition galleries are open until 5pm every day, and until 8pm on Thursdays. The exhibition will run until August, 2016.