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about the project


A Day in the Life of Deniliquin began on 9th March 1990 when a group of local photographers and community members took photographs that formed a snapshot of the Deniliquin community over a 24 hour period. Project organiser, Marcus Logan, recalls:

“In 1981 two photographers had an idea - get 100 professional photographers together and spend one day taking photographs at various locations around Australia. The completed book, “A Day in the Life of Australia”, became a best seller and was the inspiration, almost ten years later, for the A Day in the Life of Deniliquin project."



In 2001, James Giddey, Deniliquin Council’s Cultural Development Officer at the time, restaged A Day in the Life of Deniliquin with the help of community organisers, including Marcus Logan, Michael Jowett and Kate Butler. The group helped coordinate around 32 locals to once again document Deniliquin on the 9th March.


Recognising the importance of A Day in the Life of Deniliquin as an ongoing historical document, a small group of community co-conspirators received Regional Arts Fund support and local sponsorship to stage the project on 9th March 2011 and to include community skills development and a three-stage exhibition. Local photographer Nick Robinson was engaged in February 2011 to hold photographic workshops in eight local primary schools and to run two community workshops, that focused on general photographic skills as well as a discussion about photographs from 1990 and 2001 and their role as social documentary.


Selina Ash taking photo at the High School in 2001
Photo taken by Sara Butcher

Nick Robinson taking photo at the Rice Mill in 2011
Photo taken by Nina O'Brien-Hehir