The Melbourne Silver Mine started out as a small group of friends chatting about the virtues of older cameras, the qualities of different film stocks and the peculiar aroma of developing chemicals. The group grew quickly, and it soon became apparent that the interest and enthusiasm for traditional photographic techniques was wider spread through the photography community than we’d thought.

In November 2007, we staged our first exhibition – the cunningly named “UNSENSORED07”. Many people puzzled over the name, and politely pulled us to one side and told us we had made a spelling error. With some satisfaction we informed them that unlike digital cameras, film cameras do not sport a “sensor” and so… well you get the idea.

The exhibition, featuring twelve of the founding Silver Miners, was a great success, taking many of us by surprise. Hosted at Kerala Gallery in High St Northcote. 300 people joined us for the opening night festivities, and it was a night that many of us will never forget, and that some will never remember.

The enthusiasm for UNSENSORED07 was such that when we announced early in 2008 that we would be staging UNSENSORED08, the response was immediate with dozens of people putting up their hand asking to be included. It was around this time that we decided to make the Melbourne Silver Mine an official entity – so a few votes, a handshake and round of applause later, Melbourne Silver Mine Inc was born.

Unsensored08 opened on Friday August 8th at Collingwood Gallery. A larger venue was required to accommodate 45 works by 30 photographers. We returned to the Collingwood Gallery in 2009 with a show featuring the works of 42  photographers. (are you seeing a trend here?) We were back to Collingwood Gallery for our 2010 show, featuring 50 photographers, exhibiting over 70 photographs.

The opening night was incredibly well attended, with around 350 people making their way through the doors. The event was a great success, hundreds of people coming to see the show and many new members joining the Melbourne Silver mine.

For many of the participants the Silver Mine’s UNSENSORED show is their first entry into a photographic exhibition, and we at the MSM are enormously proud to be able to help other photographers take their art to another level.

Unsensored13 is set to return to Collingwood Gallery from Friday November 1, 2013.

The Melbourne Silver Mine Inc. presents:

an exhibition of analogue photography 

Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith Street Collingwood

Opening Night:
Friday 14th September 2012 from 6pm

Exhibition dates:
Saturday 15th September – Wednesday 26th September 2012

Gallery open:
10am – 6pm Saturday & Sunday
Midday – 6:30pm weekdays

UNSENSORED12 featured the work of:
Aryan Aqajani, Anthony Begovic, Roberts BirzeSandy Birze, Jock Blakley, Natalie Blom, Steven Caddy, Michael Carew, Dave CarswellBill ChantAndrew CosgriffNicole DavisMel DixonRobert Go, Louise Grundy, Penny Gutteridge, Ross HolmbergHing HshenTimothy D. JohnsonMatthew Robert JosephDaniel Klaas NoppertSuzannah Marshall MacbethIain Maclachlan, Sarah MaddoxAmanda MasonMarc Morel, Toan Nguyen, Jodie NoonanAmbre PittRichard PlumridgeKaren Riley, Matthew Ross, James Ruff, Ahmad Sabra, Gary Sauer-ThompsonDeanne SmithEmma StarrPaul  X. StoneyJacqueline van ZettenMichael VerhoefMarcus VisicKatherine WhiteLiam WhiteLea WilliamsDamian YoungChris Zissiadis 

Here is a small selection of the images that were on show at UNSENSORED12

Michael Carew
Fuji TX-1 45mm, Ilford HP5 Plus


Katherine White
Polaroid 180, Expired Polaroid 669

574 St Kilda Road
The Triangle
Aryan Aqajani
Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID + 110 mm f/2.8 + Lee Big Stopper, Fuji Acros 100

Maniototo II
Karen Riley
Kodak Tri-X 400, home developed in Rodinal


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  1. Ashton Grave August 29, 2012 - 10:33 am

    I have been a professional film photographer for 30years. Now retired from same and trying to use a digital now a days but hate it!!!! So good to see you retaining the great hobby of film and chemicals.
    Look fwd to catching up when I clear my decks?
    I have some film and cameras for sale that may be of interest. I will send details at some future time if you think of use??

    regards, Ashton Grave.

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