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Robert Rosen: Glitterati

  • Art, Photography
Two models in fluro green and yellow outfits on a catwalk
Photograph: Robert RosenImage: 'Claude Montana Spring/Summer', Robert Rosen 1985

Time Out says

Explore the fabulous celebrity filled world of the famous Australian social photographer

Take a peek into the glittering four decade long career of one of Australia’s foremost social photographers. In his heyday, Robert Rosen attended parties, concerts, fashion events and nightclubs across London, Europe and Australia. He documented the famous and infamous from Sydney's spectacular Rat Parties in the 1980s to the exclusive Australian Fashion Week events.

A participant observer and the antithesis of the pushy paparazzi stereotype, Rosen was known for being polite and discreet, intimately capturing the rich, famous and fabulous for the social pages of a slew of local and international newspapers and magazines.

Glitterati presents over 974 photographs and includes images from Rosen’s early career in London and Paris capturing the fashion shows of iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Zandra Rhodes. You’ll also spot an eclectic mix of celebrities in his photographs at peak moments of their cultural impact, including Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Elle McPherson, Peter Morrissey, Divine, Paul Capsis, Nina Simone, Boy George, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Luciano Pavarotti, Lady Sonia McMahon, Elton John and Michael Hutchence.

Glitterati is open at the Powerhouse Museum until June 19 2022. Admission is free with museum entry.


Opening hours:
10am-5pm daily
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