Faces from the Past – a video

Images from Sydney’s back lanes and alley ways

Produced for History Week 2010 – theme is Faces In the Street. This video presentation features a selection of photographs from the NSW State archives collection showing city dwellers going about their daily business.

It is accompanied by Fabian LoSchiavo’s moving narration of the famous Henry Lawson’s poem ‘Faces in the Street’.

They lie, the men who tell us, for reasons of their own, That want is here a stranger, and that misery’s unknown; For where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet My windowsill is level with the faces in the street Drifting past, drifting past, To the beat of weary feet While I sorrow for the owners of the faces in the street.

The images used in the presentation have been drawn from the many thousands of photographs, dating from the late 19th Century to the present, which can be viewed in Photo Investigator.