Kings Cross 1970-1971: Rennie Ellis

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SINGLE USE ONLY Head On Photo Festival 2017 Rennie Ellis R & R Servicemen Kings Cross 1970-71
Photograph: Rennie Ellis R & R Servicemen, Kings Cross 1970-71

Step back in time with this exhibition of photographs taken by the late photographer over one heady summer

Almost 50 years ago, two young photographers – Rennie Ellis from Melbourne and Wesley Stacey from Sydney – embarked on a six-month project to photograph the bustling Kings Cross scene. Hippies, artists, drag queens, prostitutes and American GIs on leave from Vietnam all passed in front of their cameras – and the results were immortalised in a 1971 book that was launched with an exhibition and party at the famous Yellow House artists' collective in Macleay Street. The book has been out of print for many years, but Ellis’s images are on show once again this month, as part of Head On Photo Festival.

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By: Nick Dent


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