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Suburban Noir

Photographs from the past of Sydney's less affluent side..


Explore the raw, half-built Sydney of the 1950’s and early 60’s through recently uncovered crime-scene images from the NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, as well as contemporary artworks.

This exhibition breaks the tradition of presenting Sydney as a visual splendour, finding instead a more reserved city. The police photographs capture space left behind; a moody catalogue of vacant lots, empty roads, desolate interiors and everyday fragments of like in these hard bitten slices of Sydney.

Curator Peter Doyle invited a group of visual artists to loan existing works or create new works in response to the forensic photographs. They have since responded with diverse visual sensitivities and understanding, finding drama and tragedy as well as surprising stateliness and great beauty.

Artists include: Vanessa Berry, Dallas Bray, Rhett Brewer, Charles Cooper, Theresa Darmody, Di Holdsworth, Bruce Latimer, Michael Lewy, Frank Littler, Reg Mombassa, Peter O’Doherty, Ken Searle, Susannah Thorne and Anne Wallace.


When: From Saturday November 30 until Sunday April 6 (10am-5pm)
Where: Museum of Sydney, corner of Phillip and Bridge Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Cost: Adults $10  

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