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.
gelatin silver photograph
30.3 x 20.1 cm image; 38.0 x 30.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet and c. verso, pencil "Carol Jerrems, 1976".
Not on display
© Ken and Estate of Lance Jerrems
Shown in 7 exhibitions
Contemporary Photography from the Collection (1984), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jun 1984–12 Aug 1984
Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994
Inheritance, Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, 21 Mar 1996–04 May 1996
What is this thing called photography?, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Jun 1999–29 Jul 1999
World Without End - Photography and the 20th Century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Dec 2000–25 Feb 2001
Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004
What's in a face? aspects of portrait photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2011–05 Feb 2012
Referenced in 7 publications
Judy Annear, What is this thing called photography?, Sydney, 1999. no catalogue numbers
Judy Annear, World without end - Photography and the 20th century, Sydney, 2000. no catalogue numbers
Judy Annear, Look, 'More than meets the eye', pg. 8-9, Melbourne, Jun 1999, 9 (illus.).
Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers
Bronwyn Clark-Coolee, Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 'Time - memory - people', pg.246-265, Sydney, 2007, 256 (illus.).
Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994, 1 (illus.), 10. no catalogue numbers
Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, Heidelberg, Apr 1994, 4 (illus.).