Grace Lock Collection

The Grace Lock Memorial Permanent Collection of Prints and Slides of the Australian Photographic Society Incoporated.

Grace Lock (1902 – 1995) was an early member of the Australian Photographic Society (APS). She took up photography quite late in her life, but it wasn’t long before she was well known and respected in photographic circles in Australia and abroad. She joined APS in 1962, and was also a member of Melbourne Camera Club and the Leica Society as well as the Royal Photographic Society.

In 1981 she was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to photography. She gained a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society; and EFIAP (Excellence-FIAP, 1976) and ESFIAP (Excellence FIAP for Services Rendered, 1968) from FIAP, the International Federation of Photographic Art. APS awarded her the Commonwealth Medal for services to Amateur Photography in 1980.

For many years she was active in APS as the custodian of the Permanent Collection of prints and slides, to which she constantly added new works collected not only from Australian photographers but also from world famous photographers abroad. The collection was housed in her home where she held an annual exhibition of a selection of the works. She also exhibited work from the collection at APSCON, our annual convention, and had further showings at camera club events throughout Australia.

Following Grace’s death the collection was renamed in her honour and for the next ten years the print section of the collection was cared for and exhibited by the Maitland Regional Gallery in New South Wales. More recently the prints have been returned to APS where the process has begun to digitise them for long-term reference and display. Throughout these years the slides have been stored in Geelong with one of our members where intensive work on cataloguing and digitising them has been carried out.

New work is still being added to the thousands of photographs held in this important collection.