The University Gallery’s latest exhibition, Vintage, brings together forgotten images of the Hunter Valley’s wine grape vintages captured by the legendary photographer Max Dupain.

Dupain took the photographs on commission in 1950 and his skill in capturing the Arcadian beauty of the everyday work of vignerons, grape harvesters and cellar hands seamlessly combines the world of art with the world of wine.

The McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant images are held in the National Library of Australia but are little known within Dupain’s wider body of work. The equally significant but never-before-exhibited Tulloch photographs were gifted by Dupain to the Tulloch family in an album of original photographs printed by Dupain himself.  Presented together, the Mount Pleasant and Tulloch photographs reveal a little known part of Australia’s farming past and the labours of love that produced some of the most memorable wines of the early 1950s.

Vintage officially opened last Thursday at an event that also launched University of Newcastle historian Dr Julie McIntyre’s new book First Vintage: wine in colonial New South Wales.

Dr McIntyre’s book reveals the importance of wine growing in early Australia and features several reproductions of Dupain’s photographs.

The Vintage exhibition is supported by the Faculty of Education and Arts and the Faculty of Business and Law as part of their commitment to interdisciplinary research in wine studies.

The exhibition runs until December 1. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 12-6pm.