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Title

Vale Street


Artist

Carol Jerrems

Australia

14 Mar 1949 - 21 Feb 1980


About

A quintessential image of the 1970s, 'Vale Street' 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.


Details


Date

1975


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Edition

4/9


Dimensions

20.1 x 30.4 cm image; 30.2 x 38.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. sheet, pencil "Carol Jerrems '75" and c.r. verso, pencil "Carol Jerrems. 1975".


Credit

Purchased 1979


Accession number

46.1979


Artist information

Carol Jerrems

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Judy Annear, World without end - Photography and the 20th century, 'World without end: Photography and the 20th Century', pg.8-29, Sydney, 2000, 23, 122 (illus.).

Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers

Helen Ennis, Photography and Australia, London, 2007, 102 (illus.). fig.57

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Australian Photography', pg. 198-207, Sydney, 1999, 206 (illus.).

Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994.

Gael Newtown, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Photography - Australian, European and American', pg. 67-84, Sydney, 1981, 77 (illus.). cat.no. 24

Daniel Palmer (Editor), Photogenia, 2005, (illus.).