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”.