An album of 25 bromoil prints of Central Australia, individually captioned and signed (Hugo Keil ARPS) in pencil on the wide bottom margins; undated, but early 1940s? The images (195 x 245 mm or the reverse) are tipped in on album leaves (rectos only); these are cord-bound into the cloth-covered album (now slightly rubbed and marked); they are in uniformly fine condition
The Northern Territory Archive Service has an album containing the same twenty-five images, captioned but apparently unsigned. The catalogue record for that album (NTRS 3050) states that 'Hugo Keil was a photographer who worked at the Appropriation Ledger Section of the Allied Works Council in Alice Springs during the Second World War.... Hugo gave this wonderful album of Central Australian images to Phyllis Prideaux (later Johnson), which has come into NTAS as part of the Phyllis Johnson collection. Hugo took many photographs of Central Australian scenes, including images of Mount Gillen, the Hugh River, Palm Valley and the Spotted Tiger Mine at Harts Range'. An article in the 'Barrier Miner' (28 October 1938) makes mention of a forthcoming 'exhibition of Bromoil Prints by Hugo Keil of the Crown Studios, Adelaide', and a review in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' (21 August 1940) of The Adelaide Camera Club's exhibition of pictorial photography notes that 'Hugo Keil shows fine timber, sharply etched in 'Grandeur of the North''.