Bruce Postle portrait by Michel Lawrence
Bruce Postle portrait by Michel Lawrence

Bruce Postle was arguably Australia’s greatest newspaper photographer of the 20th Century.

He covered news, sport, major events, and international stars. Anything and everything the editors of the Brisbane Courier Mail and later The Age sent him to.

Nicknamed ‘Mr Front Page’ by his peers for the regular appearance of his pictures on the front page of the The Age, Bruce was known for his never ending search for photos that were different to the oithers. Bruce always had an idea for his pictures and many of them took years before he was able to actually take them.

Bruce always got the shot his editors wanted. Because Bruce was focussed and passionate about his chosen career.But the big difference with Bruce, aside from his manic, sometime highly dangerous work practise was that he almost always had an idea where he could he would set up photos that no-one else had.

Bruce’s most famous political image, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in bed at Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel – reading the morning papers after his 1980 election win – is a great example of Bruce’s creativity and equally importantly, his perseverance and doggedness. And his photo of the racehorse trainer Tommy Woodcock lying down in the stall with his horse Reckless, on the evening before the running of the Melbourne Cup. And his hilarious image of an elephant, sucking dry the glass-washing water in a pub in Lillydale, on the outskirts of Melbourne.

The former editor of The Age, Mike Smith, describes Bruce as ‘The Genius Gatecrasher”.

Jennifer Byrne, the highly respected journalist and TV presenter said of Bruce: “More than the news…he shows us and connects us to Australian life”.

Rolling Stones Brisbane 1965
Rolling Stones Brisbane 1965
Fraser Whitlam 6a
Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, both former Prime Ministers and former bitter enemies came much closer together in their later years. Here they are signing copies of each other’s books.
The Beetles Brisbane 1965
The Beetles Brisbane 1965

BIG GLASS FOR A BIG PATRON 'Guess who I met at the bar tonight?' This could well have been the topic when these patrons of a hotel near Lilydale arrived home after an elephant joined them for a pint or two. The elephant was part of a circus that was situated in a paddock at the back of the hotel. PHOTO: 1976

PAT CASH One of Australia's best but most controversial sportsmen in the 1980s, Cash was an acrobatic player who saved some of his best performances for Australia. On the grass at Kooyong in 1983 he was the cornerstone of Australia's 3–2 Davis Cup victory, with this diving backhand volley a tribute to his athleticism, desperation and skill. PHOTO: December 1983
One of Australia’s best but most controversial sportsmen in the 1980s, Pat Cash was an acrobatic player who saved some of his best performances for Australia. On the grass at Kooyong in 1983 he was the cornerstone of Australia’s 3–2 Davis Cup victory, with this diving backhand volley a tribute to his athleticism, desperation and skill.

Borthwicks Meatworks dance Footscray 1978
Borthwicks Meatworks dance Footscray 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

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