Photography talk

Photography talk

Rennie Ellis: A camera & the street 

A photographic lecture and exhibition tour by Dr Doug Spowart

2.00pm Wednesday 14 September 2016

Free entry – no bookings required

New England Regional Art Museum 


Monash Gallery of Art curator Stephen Zagala descibes Rennie Ellis as ‘a street photographer of incessant curiosity’. In the streets, galleries, socialite settings and down the beach Ellis was there with his Nikon creating photographs – up to 500,000 of them!

As a photojournalist Ellis’ work appeared in journals, newspapers and books. At the time he was a champion of the developing Australian photographic art scene with his directorship of Brummels Gallery and connection with the Australian Centre for Photography. Ellis made photographs for money but he was also a prolific recorder of the life and times he witnessed and these images live on as a poignant record of life in Australia.

This talk will address aspects of photography techniques and challenges working on the street in Ellis’ analogue photography era.

Dr Doug Spowart is a photographer with extensive experience in documentary photography. He has a significant exhibition and awards record and was the Co-Director of Brisbane’s Imagery Gallery from 1980-1995. A body of collaborative completed with his partner Victoria Cooper was a finalist in the Sixth Leica CCP Documentary Awards.

Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper will be in Armidale to conduct the Nocturne: Armidale photographic residency and workshop at the New England Regional Art Museum from 14-18 September 2016. For further information about the Nocturne: Armidale workshop visit

Participants in the talk will be able to attend the exhibition The Rennie Ellis Show for free.


Nocturne: Armidale is presented in partnership with the New England Art Society

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