Between Strips, Kings Cross 1970-71

Kings Cross 1970 to 1971: Photographs by Rennie Ellis Exhibition

16 November 2013 — 16 February 2014

State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney N.S.W
Free Entry to Exhibition

Kings Cross 1970 to 1971: Photographs by Rennie Ellis

The gritty underbelly of Sydney's iconic Kings Cross from the 1970s is exposed in striking detail in our exciting new free exhibition, Kings Cross 1970 to 1971: Photographs by Rennie Ellis. Featuring original B&W images from the Library's collection and taken by renowned Australian photographer Rennie Ellis, this revealing exhibition opens 16 November


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Decade 1970-1980:Rennie Ellis A book that is a "distillation of the essence of the seventies”

Decade: 1970-80 is in available in leading bookstores nationally in August 2013.

Decade:1970-1980 is published by Hardie Grant Books in association with the State Library of Victoria, and showcases Rennie Ellis’ contribution to photography and social history. The photographs in the book are edited by multi-award winning photographer, Stephen Dupont and includes an introduction by Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography, NGV, and Ellis’ contemporary, award winning filmmaker and photographer, Paul Cox.

Decade highlights Ellis as one of Australia’s most important chroniclers of the seventies. The photographs, predominantly black and white, are drawn from a core selection originally made by Rennie, from his own unpublished book, and supplemented by other significant and iconic images from the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and the State Library of Victoria’s collection. Many of the photographs are accompanied by extended captions written by Rennie Ellis and are published for the first time!

Decade explores the cultures and sub-cultures of the seventies: the political upheavals, alternative lifestyles and counter culture, the women’s movement, gay liberation, the new religions and cults, pop festivals, the Vietnam and other protests, massage parlours, the disco scene, the blossoming of Australia’s film industry, the new sexual freedom, Aboriginal rights, street festivals, the new theatre, fashion, drugs and the emergence of a decadent and hedonistic society that would later characterise the Eighties.



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Reportage Photography Festival in Sydney, May 25 – June 13, 2013


Reportage Festival is a celebration of visual narrative, raising awareness and understanding of documentary photography and the issues represented by the medium, whilst supporting artists and delivering unique workshops.

Now in it’s 11th season it has become a featured event of Vivid Sydney from 2013.

The festival features immersive large-scale outdoor projections of world-class photographic works on the Vivid Light Walk by the world’s leading documentary photographers including Rennie Ellis, David Burnett, Andrew Quilty, James Nachtwey, Alex Webb, David Alan Harvey, Jack Picone, Jodi Bieber, Francesco Zizola and Ed Giles to name a few.

The Reportage Projections, Barney and Bligh Reserve next to the MCA, The Rocks. 6pm-midnight, May 24 to June 10.