This weekend I saw 2 exhibitions that were closing this weekend.
The first at New North gallery
the work of Group M members: Albert Brown, George Bell, Roy McDonald, Harry Youlden and Richard Woldendorp who were active in Melbourne in the 1960s
The second gallery was Heide where the confronting photographs of Carol Jerrums, William Yang, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark were in an exhibition called Behind the Lense: Up Close on Film.
They were documenting their lives, and recording images of their friends - none of them what you would call conventional. All of the photographers who were represented were engaged in portraiture, but in the 1960s and 70s they were a generation apart from the Group M folk. The latter were still using formal and 'polite' approaches - in the tradition of Cartier Brersson. While Jerrums cited Cartier Bresson as a major influence, her work and the work of the others in the show would have been more at home on the pages of Rolling Stone than Paris Match.