The Falk Book
Sarah Bernhardt faced H. Walter Barnett’s camera—so did most of the stage stars of late nineteenth century Australia. Barnett’s elegant theatrical portraits, taken at the Falk Studios in Sydney in the 1890s, are now coming together for a new audience.

Unique opportunity to purchase a limited edition book and support the ongoing work of Theatre Heritage Australia

In 2019, Theatre Heritage Australia undertook a major digitisation project of The Falk Album. In 2020 we are producing a limited edition book to highlight this extraordinary collection.

The Falk Studios: the theatrical portrait photography of H. Walter Barnett

This handsome new book, published by Theatre Heritage Australia, will feature Barnett’s finest photographic work along with insightful essays by three respected writers—Barnett authority Roger Neill; former Assistant Director of the NGV and Senior Curator of Photography Dr Isobel Crombie; and writer and curator Simon Plant.

Book details: 104pp soft bound B5 book with over 100 illustrations, three major essays and biographical notes.

Click on the images below to see example pages from the book

Falk Catalogue Cover
Falk Catalogue 20 21
Falk Catalogue 46 47
Falk Catalogue 20 212
Internal Pages 3A

All proceeds from the sale of the book will support the ongoing work of Theatre Heritage Australia.

You can learn more about the Falk Album digitisation project here

Proud Supporters

THA wishes to thank the following Proud Supporters. The Falk Book would not have been possible without their generous financial support:

Diana Burleigh
Kevin Coxhead
Elvira Edmond
Michael D. Galimany
Mark Williams &
Fiona Gruber
Sholto and Karina James
Peter Johnson
Elisabeth Kumm
Mary Kumm
Judy Leech
Mark O'Dwyer
Simon Piening
Robert Anthony Ray
Elizabeth Ridge
Stephen J. Saywell
Rohan Shearn
Richard Stone
Frank Van Straten AM
Delia Taylor
Dr Cheryl Threadgold OAM
Dr Sue-Anne Wallace AM

The Falk BookBecome a supporter!

We are inviting members and friends of Theatre Heritage Australia to support the publication of this limited edition book by becoming a financial supporter.

There are three TWO* ways you can support this exciting project:

PRE-PURCHASE* – for just $35.00 you will receive a copy of the book, including postage, to anywhere in Australia

BECOME A SUPPORTER* – pledge $45.00 and receive a copy of the book PLUS a unique set of six postcards

BECOME A SUBSCRIBER* – for $75.00 receive the book and the postcards AND have your name in the book and on our website as a proud Subscriber N/A

*All plans include delivery within Australia. If you are outside Australia, please contact us for delivery pricing. NOTE – the 'Become a Subscriber' option is not available after Monday 23 November 2020.

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