(Australia 1949–21 Feb 1980)
30.3 x 20.1cm image; 38.0 x 30.2cm sheet
The intimate work of Carol Jerrems captures a particular moment of counterculture optimism in Australia in the 1970s. From her first exhibition in 1971, her brief career spanned just nine years before her untimely death in 1980. However, there is a significant body of work, much of it capturing friends and colleagues in the arts. Jerrems' work emerged from her strong commitment to feminism and broader social change: 'My main interest in photographic art, as in living, is giving... This society is sick and I must help change it.' The women in her photographs are comfortable and at ease with their bodies, stepping confidently towards the camera and the viewer with a relaxed assurance. Jerrems often worked with consenting subjects, rejecting what she saw as the exploitative consequences of some documentary street photography.
7079 (Editor), Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 2007, 256 (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. no catalogue numbers
Judy Annear (Australia) (Author), What is this thing called photography?, Sydney, 1999. no catalogue numbers
'More than meets the eye' by Judy Annear, pg. 8-9., Look Jun 1999, Jun 1999, 9 (illus.).
Look Apr 1994, Apr 1994, 4 (illus.).
Robert McFarlane (Australia, b.1942) (Author), Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994, 1 (illus.), 10. no catalogue numbers
Contemporary Photography from the Collection (1984), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 30 Jun 1984–12 Aug 1984.
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.
What is this thing called photography?, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 05 Jun 1999–29 Jul 1999.
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.