Wednesday, November 16, 2011

John Street featured on ABC arts online

John Street's current exhibition Slow photography at MGA is featured in this ABC arts online feature about the artist.

ABC arts online states:
In more than 50 years as a photographer, John Street has gone from shooting some of the 1960s' most iconic models to composing unique still-life images.
Street, who was born in England, began taking photographs after serving in the Royal Navy, using an Ilford Sporti camera he was given. After studying Rembrandt's use of lighting, he went on to photograph models such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton during the 1960s.
Street then moved to Australia in 1972, where he shot major advertising campaigns. He found an old wooden camera and customed it to develop a long exposure process. He fixes a 51 x 61 centimetre sheet of photographic paper to the camera and exposes it for up to 45 minutes to capture images of items such as foliage arranged on a glass plate.
During the extended exposures, various light sources are used to illuminate the subject from different angles and to modulate the spectrum of colour being captured by the camera.
His exhibition John Street: Slow Photography is on until 11 December, 2011.

Thanks to Mark Street and ABC TV Arts producer Klaus Toft.

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