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Negative - Male Technician Operating a Tape Recording Machine, Clayton, 1973 Image Reg. No: MM 056150

Summary:
Colour 5" x 4" negative showing a male technician operating a tape recording machine at a Philips Electrical Industries recorded music factory in Clayton, 30 July 1973.

This image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria comprising approximately 85,000 negatives taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s. These negatives are all mostly large format [5"x 4"/ 12.5 x 10 cm], black and white images, though a significant number are in colour. The many photographic jobs that were undertaken in the course of thirty years are itemised in a set of log books, copies of which are also held by Museum Victoria.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.
Description:
Colour 5" x 4" cellullose acetate negative.
Statement Of Significance:
Because of the breadth of both the subject matter photographed and the diverse businesses which commissioned the work, and the excellent documentation that accompanies the collection, the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria is an invaluable record of Melbourne?s commercial and industrial past and as such gives an insight into the social history of that period.
Description Of Content:
A male technician operating a tape recording machine at a recorded music factory. He is seated on an orange chair behind a mixing desk, with a reel-to-reel machine at his right, and a large electronics cabinet at his left. A speaker sits on the wall behind him, as well as a large diagram, possibly an electronics diagram or a musical score. The floor is carpeted, and the walls of the room are brick, witih sound proofing materials covering the top third of the wall and the roof.
Acknowledgement:
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 103 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Approximate dimensions

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Tagged with: chairs, electrical equipment, factories, manufacturing workers, sound recordings, tape recorders, tape recordings
Themes this item is part of: Laurie Richards Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Laurie Richards Studio, Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Audio-Visual Systems
Tertiary Classification: manufacturing processes
Format: Negative: Colour; 5 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 30 Jul 1973
Photographer: Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 30 Jul 1973

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