The Grand Scheme
27 April - 10 June
The Grand Scheme by photographer Chris Round presents a contemporary
documentation of the Snowy Hydro Scheme and its impact on the Snowy
Mountains region of New South Wales. Constructed between 1949 and 1974, the
Snowy Hydro Scheme is a vast hydroelectric and irrigation complex that generates
renewable energy by harnessing the power of the Snowy River and its tributaries.
From sweeping vistas to intimate portraits of the workers and their families, Round
explores the complex interplay between human intervention and the natural
world, documenting the scheme’s impact on the region’s environment, culture, and
economy. The Grand Scheme provides a multifaceted and nuanced perspective
on this engineering marvel and the beauty of the Snowy Mountains region.