Uncovering Suburban Noir

December 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm
Car crash investigation, North Sydney, 1958

Suburban Noir Exhibition on Now at Museum of Sydney

The  follow-up exhibition from groundbreaking City of Shadows curator, Peter Doyle, is a powerful showcase of crime scene photography that paints a portrait of 1950s and 60s Sydney far removed from the usual montage of shiny cars, motor mowers and happy families.

Images recently uncovered in Justice & Police Museum’s Forensic Photography Archive, capture the spaces left behind: a moody catalogue of vacant lots, empty roads, desolate interiors and the everyday fragments of life in these hard-bitten slices of Sydney.

Guest 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 responded with diverse visual sensitivities and understanding, finding drama and tragedy but also surprising stateliness and dramatic beauty. The artists are 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.

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