Group of three images: Vale Street; Lynn [Gailey]; Mirror With A Memory: Motel Room. Carol Jerrems, Aust.
Group of three images: Vale Street; Lynn [Gailey]; Mirror With A Memory: Motel Room
Group of three images: Vale Street; Lynn [Gailey]; Mirror With A Memory: Motel Room
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Group of three images: Vale Street; Lynn [Gailey]; Mirror With A Memory: Motel Room

1975-1977.

(1) Vale Street, 1975. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, titled, editioned 2/9, signed and dated in pencil in lower margin, 15.1 x 20.3cm. Minor crinkles. Framed.

Provenance: Rennie Ellis, Bonhams (London), Barry Taft collection, private collection.

Held in NGA with the comment “…Vale Street was taken at the end of the day in St Kilda, Melbourne, where Jerrems was living, after a photographic session lasting many hours. On first glance, it has the appearance of being a straightforward documentary shot. And yet we know that it was carefully composed and orchestrated by Jerrems, who knew the subjects well: Catriona Brown, an aspiring actress friend, and Mark Lean and Jon Bourke, two of her students at Heidelberg Technical School…The subjects appear bold and yet vulnerable—the boys especially guarded and watchful, Brown more confident and open.” Only a few copies of this image are still in private hands.

(2) Lynn [Gailey] , 1976. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, titled, editioned 3/9, signed and dated in pencil in lower margin, 30.3 x 20.1cm. Framed. Provenance: Peter Leiss; Josef Lebovic Gallery; private collection. Held in NGA.

While Leiss attended the Prahran School of Art & Design in Victoria from 1970 to 1971 he met Carol Jerrems at a filmmaking course run by Paul Cox. They became friends and took a number of trips together to Daylesford and Sydney to continue with their photography and film-making. On one of the trips, Carol worked on her book on Australian women.

Leiss kept in touch with Jerrems over the years while he travelled abroad and it was not until 1976 that they met up again. It was at this time they swapped photographs: Leiss chose this portrait of Lynn Gailey by Jerrems (published in her book on Australian woman) in exchange for a self-portrait he took in 1969. Ref: Peter Leiss.

(3) Mirror With A Memory: Motel Room, 1977. Vintage C-type photograph, titled, editioned 1/9, signed and dated in pencil in lower margin. 23 x 17.7cm. Framed.

Image is a self-portrait of Carol Jerrems with her then-boyfriend Esben Storm. Provenance: purchased in 1978 direct from the photographer by Dr Jonn Mumford (a.k.a. Anandakapila, who appears in some of the Mangrove Mountain photographs in this catalogue, #33-36); Josef Lebovic Gallery; private collection. Held in NGA.

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Item #CL186-9

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