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Carol Jerrems

Carol Jerrems (1949–80) was born in Melbourne and studied photography at Prahran Technical College under Paul Cox and Athol Shmith between 1967 and 1970. Although she practised as an artist for only a decade, Jerrems has acquired a celebrated place in the annals of Australian photography. Her reputation is based on her compassionate, formally striking pictures, her intimate connection with the people involved in social movements of the day, and her role in the promotion of ‘art photography’ in this country.

 

Carol JERREMS

Boys  1973
gelatin silver print
16.3 x 22.2 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2015
MGA 2015.031
courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Carol Jerrems

Ron Johnson  1974
gelatin silver print
19.9 x 25.5 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2015
MGA 2015.033
courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Carol JERREMS

Caroline Slade  1973
gelatin silver print
26.1 x 18.6 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2015
MGA 2015.032
courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Carol JERREMS

Mirror with a memory: motel room  1977

chromogenic print

24.9 x 19.3 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2015

MGA 2015.034

courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Carol JERREMS

Juliet holding 'Vale Street' at Murray Road  1976

gelatin silver print

20.2 x 30.3 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

acquired with assistance of the MGA Foundation 2012

MGA 2012.112

courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Carol Jerrems's "Juliet holding 'Vale Street' at Murray Road" (1976) shows Juliet Bacskai (then Cox) looking directly at the camera and holding a print of Jerrems’s 'Vale Street' (1975). 


One year after taking 'Vale Street', Jerrems photographed her friend Bacskai holding a print of the picture outside a house in Murray Road, Prahran. This photograph alludes to the growing level of interest in 'Vale Street' at the time and reflects Jerrems’s notion of the photograph as a social agent. For Jerrems, photography was a means of both bringing people together and creating active and engaged social relationships. As she stated:

I really like people ... I try to reveal something about people, because they are so separate, so isolated; maybe it’s a way of bringing people together ... I care about [people], I’d like to help them if I could, through my photographs...

 
 

Carol JERREMS

Vale Street  1975
gelatin silver print
20.2 x 30.3 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Susan Hesse 2012
MGA 2012.030
courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

In March 1975, Carol Jerrems made what would become her most famous photograph. ‘Vale Street’ shows Jerrems’s friend Catriona Brown standing in front of Mark Lean and Jon Bourke, teenage boys from Heidelberg Technical School where Jerrems was teaching at the time. The photograph, taken in the backyard of a house at 52 Vale Street, St Kilda, comes from a series of pictures that show the three subjects socialising, smoking and, under the direction of Jerrems, gradually disrobing. Jerrems carefully set up and managed this now-iconic image, which quickly came to personify the optimism and ambitions of countercultural and feminist politics of the time.

‘Vale Street’ is one of the most iconic photographs in Australian photography and extremely rare. MGA holds one of eight known prints from the edition of nine. Other prints from the edition are held by the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Horsham Regional Art Gallery.

 

Carol JERREMS

Juliet 'Girl amongst leaves'  1976

gelatin silver print

20.2 x 30.3 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

acquired with assistance of the MGA Foundation 2012

MGA 2012.113

courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems


Jerrems was primarily a portrait photographer. She was interested in people and wanted to reveal something about them in her photographs. She used her camera in order to capture and encourage interpersonal relationships. In taking her photographs she collaborated with her subjects who were usually her students, friends and associates. This work is therefore typical of Jerrems’s practice in that it is a portrait of her friend Juliet Bacskai (then Cox).

Carol JERREMS

Magda and John at Home  1975
gelatin silver print

14.5 x 22.0 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by Gary Singer and Geoffrey Smith 2018

MGA 2018.05

Carol JERREMS

Untitled [Diana Richardson contact sheet]  1968

gelatin silver print

22.9 x 20.1 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2013

MGA 2013.164

courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Carol JERREMS

Lynn Gailey  1976

gelatin silver print

30.3 x 20.2 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by William Donald Bowness 2013

MGA 2013.116

courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Carol JERREMS

Untitled [Diana Richardson]  1968

gelatin silver print

18.6 x 23.1 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2013

MGA 2013.156

courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Paul COX

Age of Aquarius (Carol Jerrems, Jan Hurrell)  1970

gelatin silver print

42.2 x 40.6 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by the artist through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2000

MGA 2000.85

courtesy of the artist's estate and Monash Gallery of Art

Rennie ELLIS

Carol Jerrems  1970

gelatin silver print
24.6 x 16.7 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Public Galleries Association of Victoria 2008
MGA 2008.275
courtesy of Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive (Melbourne)


 

Rennie Ellis (19402003) was a photojournalist who chronicled Australian culture in the late twentieth century. He had a particular interest in the social life of Melbourne, and often documented celebrations, political protests and other public events. Ellis was also a driving force in the push to have photography recognised as a contemporary art form, and in 1972 he established Brummels Gallery of Photography, the first gallery dedicated to showing photography in Australia. During the course of his life Ellis rarely staged exhibitions, but his images were widely circulated in publications including a range of books authored by Ellis.


This photograph is from a series of images collectively titled Carol Jerrems, Mozart Street (1970). The series constitutes an informal portrait of Jerrems posing in her bedroom. While Ellis is well known for his social documentary work and his profile as a street photographer, he also produced a significant archive of nude photography and intimate portraits. This aspect of his practice provides further evidence of Ellis’s ability to establish an amicable report with his subjects. Ellis and Jerrems were both part of the same social scene in Prahran during the 1970s, and worked together on a range of projects.

 
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Paul COX

Leongatha 2  1970

gelatin silver print

35.2 x 49.0 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

donated by the artist through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2000

MGA 2000.74

courtesy of the artist's estate and Monash Gallery of Art