In­spired by ur­ban artists

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Exhibition -

UWA’S Lawrence Wil­son Art Gallery has opened an ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing 15 years of work from Perth photographer Kevin Bal­lan­tine.

In­spired by the great ur­ban pho­tog­ra­phers of post-war New York and Paris, Bal­lan­tine re­solved to do the same for Perth.

His works, rang­ing from 1986 to 2001, cap­ture the ur­ban land­scapes of Perth and Fre­man­tle, an out­back road trip down the Great East­ern High­way and ex­u­ber­ant scenes from Cottes­loe beach.

It in­cludes an im­por­tant se­ries from 1986-87 fea­tur­ing the streets of Fre­man­tle dur­ing the Amer­ica’s Cup.

Rem­i­nis­cent of the works of Garry Wino­grand and Lee Fried­lan­der, and per­haps even the great master Todd Webb, Bal­lan­tine’s pho­tog­ra­phy ren­ders the (of­ten-sub­tle) beauty and stark­ness of ev­ery­day mo­ments and things.

Bal­lan­tine bought his first cam­era in Lon­don in 1975 and doc­u­mented the streets around his home in Ful­ham.

In­flu­enced by the work of con­tem­po­rary street pho­tog­ra­phers of the 1970s and with a cam­era in hand, he sub­se­quently cap­tured Perth in the late 1970s in a unique way.

The re­sult was “an ex­tra­or­di­nary body of work, doc­u­ment­ing the chang­ing face of the city and con­vey­ing with acu­ity and sen­si­tiv­ity some­thing of what it is to be in this place, both ba­nal and spec­tac­u­larly beau­ti­ful”.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is at 35 Stir­ling High­way Ned­lands. It runs un­til Au­gust 8.

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