A travelling exhibition presented by the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and Monash Gallery of Art.

Photographer Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) was a key figure in Australian visual culture. Ellis is best remembered for his effervescent observations of Australian life during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Rennie Ellis Show highlights some of the defining characters of Australian life during this period, including politicians, punk rockers, spiritual leaders and advocates of the sexual revolution.

The photographs in this exhibition explore the subcultures of the time, and take us back to a moment in our history when inner city housing was affordable, social protestors were optimistic and a sense of community could be achieved without the internet.

Image: Rennie Ellis, Richmond fans, Grand Final, MCG (detail)
1974 Courtesy Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and Mossgreen Gallery

Anticipation, Melbourne Cup 1984 Mr Muscle Man, Albert Park Beach 1986