(Australia 1949–21 Feb 1980)
20.1 x 30.4cm image; 30.2 x 38.0cm sheet
A quintessential image of the 1970s, 'Vale Street #2' has lost none of its capacity to enchant and disturb in the intervening years. In one sense it can be read as a sociological document; in another as a wholly subjective work of art. Like the mediumistic spirit-photographs of the nineteenth century, Jerrems's photo seems to disclose the very souls of its subjects. As they respond, each in their individual fashion, to the regarding presence of the camera lens, the figures compose themselves, without theatrics, into telling attitudes. The prominence and bodily confidence of the open-faced young woman is set against the reticence of her boyish companions. As a portrait of relationships as well as individuals, 'Vale Street' speaks of gender relations, adolescent sexuality, suburban mores and the photographer's own subtly partisan demeanour in regard to these themes.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.
Helen Ennis (Australia) (Author), Photography and Australia, London, 2007, 102 (illus.). fig.57
Daniel Palmer (Australia) (Editor), Photogenia, 2005, (illus.).
Natasha Bullock (Australia), Australian postwar photodocumentary, Domain, 2004. no catalogue numbers
Judy Annear (Australia) (Author), World Without End - Photography and the 20th Century, Domain, 2000, 23, 122 (illus.).
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 206 (illus.).
Robert McFarlane (Australia, b.1942) (Author), Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994.
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia, estab. 1874) (Author), Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, Sydney, 1981, 77 (illus.). cat.no. 24
Three years on: Acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981.
Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 30 Mar 1993–09 May 1993.
Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994.
Inheritance, Australian Centre for Photography, 21 Mar 1996–04 May 1996.
World Without End - Photography and the 20th Century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 02 Dec 2000–25 Feb 2001.
Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004.