Just like the stock market we are shedding stock as quickly as the Aussie dollar is going through the floor. Difference is we are doing a careful cull…of images and not a panicked sell off of ridiculous assets that no-one understands.
I was always proud and thought it impressive that the Wildlight analogue library contained a whopping 300,000 images. With some of the best names in the business, it’s an archive with great depth and top quality imagery. Despite this abundance of cellulose resources, we are hurtling towards a business model which embraces virtualisation. In these bleak economic times, automating labour-intensive business processes is a big saving for a small business like ours. So picture an office with loads of filing cabinets labeled ‘empty’. Feels good - my eyes are wrecked and at the end of the day, seeing or talking about image-making has me reaching for the Stoli. We are keeping the cream of the crop and sending the rest back to photographers. What do we do with the edit?…edit it again…and again - hopefully, we’ll have a few thousand survivors to scan - sigh.
We haven’t been the only ones hunched over a light table waiting for the chiropractor. The Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive has spent the last five years editing 500,000 images of the late Melbourne identity, Rennie Ellis. Wildlight is proud to represent his images in our collection, and now you can see them at a well deserved major retrospective of his work at the National Gallery of Victoria - it’s going to be very retro - I just finished starching my safari suit for the opening night!
No standing only dancing: Photographs by Rennie Ellis
Editing half a million analogue images may sound like no easy task, and not a quick one either; This is what faced Manuela Furci and Kerry Oldfield from the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive when renown social documentary photographer Rennie Ellis, suddenly passed away in 2003. The last five years have been spent carefully editing Rennie’s archive going back to the early 1960’s. The reward of this dedication has culminated in a major photographic Retrospective of Rennie’s work at the National Gallery of Victoria. This exhibition covers the 70s and 80s - an exciting time for Australian photography - and a period of great change in Australian society, fortuitously captured by a gifted social documenter like Rennie. His memorable work covers public events, private moments, wild parties, beach life and hilarious facets of the Australian cultural fabric.
No standing only dancing: Photographs by Rennie Ellis will be on display on Level 3 of The Ian Potter: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne from 31 October 2008 – 22 February 2009, 10am-5pm, closed Mondays. Entry is free.
Truth and Magic in the Age of Photoshop by Richard Woldendorp
A lovely counterpoint to the social documentary genre is another breathtaking exhibition by Wildlight photographer, Richard Woldendorp. It is no less real than Ellis’s images, however the abstract nature of Woldendorp’s images cause the viewer to believe that some manipulation has transpired, yet it is all entirely natural.
Truth And Magic In The Age Of Photoshop is on exhibition at Boutwell Draper Gallery, 82 - 84 George Street Redfern Sydney from 22 October - 15 November 2008. Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 5pm.
To coincide with the NGV exhibition we are showcasing three feature collections from the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive, many of these images are included in the retrospective and can now be licenced through Wildlight.
Wildlight has been a standard bearer for high quality commercial photography in Australia for more than two decades and we will continue to build our library based on iconic classic images of well known photographers as well as contemporary material that meets the needs of our clients whatever their business - all available online.