Oxford Street Profile
- Part One
Photographs by Philip Quirk
Oxford Street Profile is an architectural and cultural
record of one of Sydneys most historic streetscapes. Part
One of the series beginning at Queen Street in Woollahra
and finishing at Glenmore Road in Paddington, shows Oxford Street
connected by an almost unbroken facade that has been shot from
Residents, shoppers and
visitors are interspersed along the streetscape, passing by shop
window displays and advertising signs. Above, the mainly Victorian-styled
buildings have created one of the most recognisable streets of
Philip Quirk is a documentary
photographer whose reputation was developed in the 70s.
In the early 80s Philip worked on the book project A Day
in the Life of Australia that influenced his future directions.
In 1985 he founded Wildlight
Photo Agency whose charter included providing images of Australia
and the South Pacific to the worlds media. Philip has had
many solo exhibitions - And the Rains Came was his first colour
exhibition, which travelled extensively through New South Wales,
Victoria, and Queensland.
Images 1 -10
Images 11 -20
Images 21 -30
Images 31 -40
Images 41 -50
Philip has authored four
books and has project-managed five editions of the Australian
Places & Faces Diary of documentary/photojournalism images.
He is represented in major Australian public
collections including the Australian National Gallery and the
Art Gallery of New South Wales.
In this project, Philip
returns to a street close to his home to photograph the environment
in a way unseen since the Sydney streetscape drawings of Joseph
Fowles in 1848. Nineteenth century photographers Charles Bayliss,
Henry King, John Paine, and Charles Kerry also made important
and lasting images documenting Sydney through its early development
and changing environment. By photographing Oxford Street in its
entirety, Philip Quirk is recording Sydney in the 21st century.
Oxford Street Profile is a six-part project documenting
the eastern and western sides of the street, starting at Queen
Street in Woollahra and finishing at Hyde Park in the city. The
work is shot using a Linhof Technica 4x5 inch field camera and
Kodak Tri-X Black and White film.