Melbourne’s photography zone


Did you realize Melbourne has a small photography precinct? A two minute walk in Gore Street Fitzroy can take you to six photographic establishments. Friday or Saturday are the best days to do it, as they’re all open. I doubt if many other cities have anything like this, and wouldn’t it be nice if more venues opened in the same area?

Van Bar is Australia’s leading retailer of professional photographic supplies. It’s where the goodies are. 450 Gore Street Fitzroy.

Colour Factory is a leading photographic printing establishment, established in the 1980s by the photographer Tim Handfield. 409 – 429 Gore Street, Fitzroy.

CF Gallery is a photography gallery hosting exhibitions of contemporary photo-based art. It’s part of the Colour Factory.

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive is a micro bookstore that shows self-published and independent photography books. The archive is not-for-profit and open-access, “a response to the boom in photographic self-publishing.” 395 Gore St, Fitzroy, open Thursday to Saturday 11-6pm.

Strange Neighbour is a contemporary art gallery that often shows photography. Founded in 2013 by Linsey Gosper and Ash Kerr. The gallery also has a rentable black & white darkroom plus separate artist studio on-site. 395–397 Gore St Fitzroy.

Centre for Contemporary Photography “is one of Australia’s premier venues for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts. It was established in 1986 by the photographic community as a not-for-profit exhibition and resource centre.” 404 George St, Fitzroy.


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