Stuart Campbell: The Essence Of You

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Stuart Campbell: The Essence Of You

Stuart Campbell’s portraits record the actors, directors and writers of the cinema renaissance of the 1980s known as the Australian New Wave. Campbell (1951-2009), who was born in Ballarat, studied at Swinburne Technical College in Melbourne where his love affair with photography began. In 1972 he moved to Sydney and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. After graduation Campbell played on stage with major theatre companies and appeared in a number of films including Caddie (1976) and Starstruck (1982), and on television in Cop Shop and Patrol Boat among others.
Campbell had modest success as an actor, but excelled as a photographer. In the early 1980s he began taking sensitive portfolio portraits for his friends. These included actors such as Mel Gibson, Colin Friels and Judy Davis, and filmmakers Gillian Armstrong and Peter Weir. Campbell stayed faithful to the sensuous darks and lights of black and white film, valuing the richness and honesty of the medium. Other photographic projects included taking the notorious male centrefolds for Cleo and celebrity portraits for Vogue.
Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat. 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.
When: 30 August – 12 October.