Ground Floor Gallery
Free exhibition, no tickets required

Snap Shot is an extensive digital display of photographs depicting the evolution of WA's contemporary music scene over the past 100 years. Curated by West Australian Music (WAM) and the State Library, this grab bag of musical snaps draws on WAM's archive, the State Library collection and the shoeboxes and hard drives under the beds of countless photographers, fans and artists. 

To the shutterbugs in the front row, we salute you.

Soundtracked by an all-local selection of tunes that spans the history of recorded Western Australian music, from classics to cult acts. Sit, relax and revel in local music lore.

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