Mark Strizic, Melbourne: marvellous to modern

Text by Emma Matthews, introduction by Barry Jones
Thames & Hudson in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 176pp Illustrated ISBN 9780500500194

The versatility of Mark Strizic's work shows us many aspects of Melbourne – its magnificent architectural heritage, its intimate and vibrant laneways, as well as grand arcades counter-posed against the sudden spaces created by the wrecker. We see the people on grand occasions, or just caught in their own world of travelling, shopping, resting, walking, working. Many of the pictures were taken at a time when the city's Victorian elegance was both at its height and under the threat of development from the modern architectural movement. 

The State Library of Victoria acquired Mark Strizic's entire archive collection of approximately 5000 negatives, colour transparencies and slides in 2007.  

Mark Strizic began taking photographs soon after he arrived in Melbourne from Europe in 1950. For the next 50 years he documented aspects of the city and its people, forming a unique record of Victorian life.

Emma Matthews is a writer, curator and art historian. She has worked with Mark Strizic over the past ten years, writing catalogues and curating exhibitions of the photographer's work for private and public galleries.

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