Edmund Pearce closes

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Very sad news that Edmund Pearce gallery is closing today. After three years, the directors Jason McQuoid and Tim Bruce have decided that Melbourne will not support a commercial gallery dedicated to fine photography. They gave it their best shot, Edmund Pearce is by a long way the best photography gallery that Melbourne has seen.

The closure will leave a big hole in the photography scene, and not just of Melbourne. Artists that have shown there have been from interstate and overseas, including the current show by the New Zealand artist Beckon, and notably by New York’s Phillip Toledano and Amy Stein.

I was privelaged to show twice at Edmund Pearce, this year with my exhibition Burn, and in 2013 with Chemistry of Chance, a collaboration with Greg Wayn.

The current exhibitions demonstrate why it’s such a pity to lose the gallery. Three exhibitions showing interesting, new and well-made photography by four artists, New Zealand’s BreckonKatherine Griffiths and Arini Byng & Georgia Hutchison.


Breckon, Basin II, 256 Fergusson Drive, 2014


Katherine Griffiths, Erin #1, 2011


Arini Byng & Georgia Hutchison, Dunes, 2014


Jesse Marlow’s new book


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.

The book was designed by M.33 and designed by Jason McQuoid, co-proprieter of the Edmund Pearce Gallery, It’s available from bookshops now or from Jesse Marlow’s website.