A world-class music photography exhibition arrives in Geelong 

A world-class music photography exhibition arrives in Geelong 

Paul Kelly 1996 ©Wendy McDougall

From local acts to the top international superstars, 'See The Music: An exhibition of music Photography' is a must-attend.

Geelong’s hub of photography, Focal Point Studio, Darkroom and Gallery, is showcasing some of the world’s biggest names in music with a photography exhibit in North Geelong, exhibiting the best works of Australian music photographers.

Titled ‘See The Music’, the exhibition will feature the works of 17 photographers, many of whom are Geelong locals, shining a light on their immense talent and eye for capturing live music in action.

The key takeaways

  • See The Music is an exhibition of photographs from 17 photographers covering an eclectic range of musical genres, from classical to musical theatre, soul, pop and rock.
  • Many of the photos have never been exhibited before and most of the photos are for sale.
  • A Geelong exclusive, the exhibit will run from 3 December 2021 to 30 January 2022.

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An exclusive for Geelong, this exhibition is truly world-class with more than 140 photographs on display, covering all genres of music from rock and pop to classical, jazz and musical theatre. Ranging from on-stage performances and artist portraits to news items and crowd photos, works come from some of the best Aussie music photographers including the likes of Phillip Morris, Wendy McDougall, Zo Damage, Jane Ollerenshaw, Abbey Beaumont, David Harris, Lucinda Goodwin, Sandy Gray, Ivan Kemp, Lisa Kenny, Patrick Callow, Peter Lane, Clive Mackinnon and Craig Watson.

Featured artists include local acts to international superstars providing something for every type of music lover. From Chubby Checker, Louis Armstrong and Eartha Kitt to Queen, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, or Tiny Tim to CHVRCHES, the exhibition will reflect on a time between 1950s to 2019, back when the industry was thriving and music photographers had more work than they could handle.

Ranging from old-school black-and-white prints to high-definition stunning colour, many of the photos are unique glimpses into rarely seen moments. Queen on stage at Sunbury Music Festival in 1974; Oasis performing as a support act at Glastonbury in the UK; a distraught Judy Garland after being booed off the stage at Festival Hall; Nick Cave with his first band The Boys Next Door; Molly Meldrum interviewing Prince Charles on the Countdown set; Joan Jett still performing in 2019; and many more.

This is essential viewing for any music lover.

What’s more, most of the photos are for sale, so this could be the perfect opportunity to grab a unique Christmas gift, or just to spoil yourself because after the couple of years we’ve all had, you certainly deserve it.

Representing the insane raw talent of Australia’s gig shooters – the story tellers of the music industry – the exhibition also offers music lovers the chance to directly support these talented photographers with the sale of some of their photos assisting them in getting back into the work they love, and in turn be able to share more fantastic photos of great live performance with everyone.

Entry to this unique event is only $10 for adults and $8 concession. U15, holders of support carers’ cards and Geelong tourism volunteers are free.

The exhibition will run from 3 December 2021 to 30 January 2022 at Focal Point Gallery, 46 Douro St, Nth Geelong; Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm.

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