Item #CL195-93 Vale Street [Melbourne]. Carol Jerrems, 1949–1980 Australian.
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Vale Street [Melbourne]

1975. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, signed (twice), photographer’s address “15 Park Cres., Fairfield, Vic.”, titled and dated in pink ink, and signed (twice) in pencil in “Australian Centre for Photography” copyright stamp verso, 19.2 x 24.6cm. Slight scuffing, handling creases.

Stamp reads “Photograph by Carol Jerrems. The Australian Centre for Photography Ltd, 76A Paddington St, Paddington 2021 NSW Aust. With permission this photograph may be reproduced for publishing purposes only in connection with the book/exhibition entitled Carol Jerrems.

This image is held in the following institutions with their comments:

(a) “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.” Ref: AGNSW.

(b) “‘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.” Ref: NGA.

(c) “‘Vale Street’ is one of the most iconic photographs in Australian photography and extremely rare. MGA [Monash Gallery of Art] holds one of nine known prints.” Ref: MGA.

Item #CL195-93

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