Carol Jerrems (1949 - 1980)
New South Wales, Australia
When Rennie Ellis founded Brummels - the first photography gallery in Australia - in December 1972, he officially opened the gallery with the exhibition Two Views of Erotica that showcased works by Henry Talbot and the then relatively unknown photographer, Carol Jerrems. Now, Jerrems is lauded as one of Australia’s most prominent photographic artist.
For Jerrems, photography had a crucial social role: 'the society is sick and I must help change it'. She produced a body of photographs that symbolized the hopes and aspirations of the counter-culture in Australia in the 1970s. Sadly, Jerrems fell ill in 1979 with Budd-Chiari syndrome - a rare blood disease. She died on 21 February 1980 without having reached her 31st birthday. Back then, Rennie Ellis sensed that she also died of "a broken heart”.
Ellis had a close relationship with Jerrems who permitted him to photograph her nude in her bedroom at Mozart Street, St. Kilda in 1970. These intimate photographs by Ellis are included alongside rare vintage and highly collectable works by Carol Jerrems at the Josef Lebovic Gallery.