Melbourne photojournalist Jesse Marlow has a new book out, Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them. Marlow is one of that rare species, the nimble street photographer who finds humour and pathos in the fleeting events of everyday life. What we barely register, he captures in concise pictures of patterns of human behaviour.
Street photography as a mode has increased in prominence in recent years, a revival after the glory days of the 1960s when giants walked the earth, Winogrand, Friedlander, et al. Marlow, and another Melbourne photographer Louis Porter, work in a city that doesn’t have a street-life culture, unlike Cartier-Breson’s Paris or Winogrand’s New York. Thus their achievement is all the greater. Like Porter, Marlow is essentially a humourist as you can see from the dancing glaziers above.