Recent Exhibition This Is The Show: Rennie Ellis
South Yarra, Victoria
Rennie Ellis was always drawn to photographing bizarre, erotic and eccentric human performance. This accomplished Melbourne photographer captured extravagant visions of strippers strutting their stuff on stage or relaxing behind the scenes. Performers of what we now see as Burlesque became a central theme in Ellis exploring his vision of women. In diverse settings in Australia and internationally - from seedy underground nightclubs in New York - to the feathers and sequins of Les Girls, Kings Cross or The Ritz, Melbourne - Ellis affectionately captured spontaneous, unabashed nudity as exotic female dancers either entertained their well dressed guests or were seen preparing to go onstage. What separates Ellis from other chroniclers of this demi-monde is a very personal vision of humanity - his unique way of seeing that questioned contemporary notions of sexuality, personal identity and the elusive nature of female beauty.