The legacy of punk; beautiful humans; Jewish culture in Australia; and the changing nature of photography itself. Here are four photography exhibitions to see this weekend.
Punkculture by Adrian Boot
Forty years ago, little pubs and clubs throughout the world were taken over by the safety-pin clad, Mohawk-repping youth as the punk scene was taking off. Music united this subculture with a pessimistic attitude to the current culture, and the lack of freedom its members raged against. The legacy left by punk is is still obvious, and Adrian Boot keeps this musical revolution in the spotlight.
He has had a long career photographing musicians. He has worked for NME, Melody Maker, The Times, The Guardian and The Face. He became staff photographer for Melody Maker in the mid-1970s.
Punkculture exhibits images of legends such as The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Blondie and The Buzzocks, that have never been seen before in Australia. It is showing at Sunstudios until May 13.
Vittoria Dussoni captures her subjects’ personalities, and brings them to life. She shoots exclusively in black and white, medium-format film, and her portraits present a play between light and dark, encapsulating the individual beauty of human beings.
Dussoni’s portraits have received a number of awards, notably the Gold Medal and People’s Choice award at the 2012 Prix de la Photographie in Paris. Despite her array of accolades, this will be her first solo exhibition. It will show at Artsite Gallery until April 24.
Celebration: Jewish Community Photography – D-Mo Zajac
Sydney-based Polish photographer D-Mo Zajac has focused on documenting migrant communities in Australia and overseas since 2010. When she discovered her own Jewish roots, she embarked on a personal journey, photographing Jewish communities in Sydney; from large celebrations to personal, intimate moments at home.
Her involvement in religious and cultural events provides an interesting insight into the Australian Jewish community. The exhibition will be on display at the State Library of NSW until June 5.
Likeness – Laura Moore
Laura Moore comments on the changing nature of photography by using technical, traditional methods of photography and a smartphone to create her works. Her work focuses on the nature of photography itself – the reasons why we take photos have changed, and so has the meaning we attribute to them.
The portraits in this exhibition were captured on a smartphone, which was then used as a negative to make a traditional print. From a distance they look perfect, but as you approach, the pixels of the phone screen become evident, making it harder to identify the subjects. Moore’s subjects are young people – a generation of people whose identities she thinks are mediated and validated by photography. See her exhibition at the Verge Gallery, University of Sydney until April 30.