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Title

Vale Street

1975

Artist

Carol Jerrems

Australia

14 Mar 1949 - 21 Feb 1980

  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    46.1979
    Copyright
    © Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

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    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 8 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

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