Exhibition: Under twelve Under Twenty by Ella Dreyfus
The Level. Stills Gallery, Sydney
until 6 October 2014
Ella Dreyfus revisits her acclaimed series of portraits of young boys, Under twelves, with a new seriesUnder twelve Under twenty. Inspired by Michael Apted’s famous 7 Up films, she follows the same group of boys, from her son’s soccer team, seven years later, after they have finished high school to document their transformation into young men. This extraordinary collection of black and white double portraits affirms the dignity of male beauty, portraying and makes a unique contribution to photographic portraiture in Australia.
Under twelve Under twenty celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Dreyfus’ ground-breaking exhibitionPregnancy Series, shown at Stills Gallery in 1992. These photographs were widely published and she became well-known for works that engaged with representations of the body, embracing the ordinary, and striking a rich source of humanity, compassion and emotional resonance.