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Teachers notes: Richard Daintree’s Queensland Album


A student:

  • uses media terminology in written and oral work, e.g. refers to close-ups, crop, panning, live—o-air productions, layout in print media, reverse angles.
  • identifies and analyses a range of media texts and discusses responses to them.
  • investigates and understands the past and present media of different social and cultural groups and reflects knowledge gained in media activities.

Visual Arts

A student:

  • analyses and responds to a range of visual art works using appropriate language and terminology both orally and in writing, e.g. refers to imagery, prototypes, visual symbols.
  • identifies the styles and features of visual arts from different social and cultural groups and reflects knowledge gained in visual arts activities.
  • identifies changes over time in the use and application of materials and techniques and traditions of employment and career paths in art, craft and design.

Photographs and moving images capture and preserve time. The camera is an eye with a memory.


  • Wet plate photography involved using glass plates coated in a suspended silver iodide which were then exposed while still wet and immediately developed. What would have been some of the difficulties Daintree surmounted as a photographer in Queensland in the mid-1850s?
  • Technological change continues in the medium of photography. Digital technology does not involve using light sensitive film. How do digital cameras record an image? What impact is digital technology having on the film industry and its workers?
  • If you could interview Daintree, what would questions would you ask him?


  • Collect three images from a variety of magazines and create a story that links all the images. This process of linking images to create stories is related to the way our brains process moving images. Discuss what montage is in cinema and why it is cinema’s pure language.
  • Research other Daintree images:
  • Research the four pioneers of photography: Niepce, Daguerre, Talbot and Sir John Herschel. Do a role play where each character presents their innovation and explains how it advanced the medium of photography?