From the photographer behind the acclaimed Westography
The sentiment that flows through these images is a balm to the knowledge that time is passing and things will change - William McInnes.
Warren Kirk's photos will strike a chord with anyone who's grown up in the Australian suburbs in the past 50 years. Somehow both achingly familiar and unimaginably strange, these luminous images continue his 30-year project of documenting a way of life that is slowly disappearing, along with the people who lived it.
Taken with loving attention and considerable skill, and with the utmost respect for the people and places that appear in them, Kirk's photos of shops and houses, of gardens and lounge-rooms, of people surrounded by the things they love, are beautifully evocative and powerfully nostalgic.
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 263 x 297 mm
'It's a nostalgia-soaked coffee table book ... A time capsule.'* Smith Journal *
'Kirk's imagery is strikingly evocative, at times achingly nostalgic, and at others unexpected and strange as he moves between '50s-era kitchens in Ringwood, hair salons in Murrumbeena, elaborate Brunswick backyards and empty grocery stores in Northcote. It's a beautiful and stoic collection of time-weathered workplaces, cars and faces; a study in forgotten typography; and a chronicle of buildings that gentrification forgot - or just hasn't discovered yet.'-- Ellen Fraser * Broadsheet Melbourne *
'Warren Kirk's photos will strike a chord with anyone who's grown up in the Australian suburbs in the past 50 years ... Taken with loving attention and considerable skill, and with the utmost respect for the people and places that appear in them, Kirk's photos of shops and houses, of gardens and lounge-rooms, of people surrounded by the things they love, are evocative and nostalgic.'* Australian Photography *
'From the dingy Chinese takeaway, the quirkily clipped hedges and formica tables, to the cluttered speciality stores and faded weatherboard, Kirk's photographs are so vivid you can practically smell the fried food, lawn clippings and motel-room mustiness wafting off the page.'-- Sally Pryor * The Canberra Times *
'His new collection of photos, Suburbia, is affectionate but precise, and documents a community in evolution. The sentiment that flows through his image is a balm to the knowledge that time is passing and things will change. These photos are luminous and incandescent, like a light bulb burning brightest just before the element goes.'-- William McInnes * Assemble Papers *
'His new book, Suburbia, is full of quirky finds.'-- Ross Bilton * Weekend Australia *
'Kirk [is] creating is an archive of how Melbourne once looked. What that picture will look like in another decade or two is anyone's guess. For Kirk it is about documenting a particular reality but it's also creating objects of beauty.'-- Kerrie O'Brien * The Saturday Age *
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