Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986 - 2001

Black and white photograph of umbrella at Cottesloe beach

Gallery opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.


Explore Perth of the mid-1980s through to the dawn of the new millennium with photographs from Western Australian artist Kevin Ballantine.

Image: Kevin Ballantine, Cottesloe Beach, 1988, digital print on archival paper © Kevin Ballantine 

Exhibition duration

29 April - 8 July 2017

Exhibition information

Kevin Ballantine purchased his first camera in London in 1975, documenting the streets around his home in Fulham. Influenced by the great urban photographers of post-war Paris and New York, and by the work of contemporary street photographers of the 1970s, Ballantine resolved to do the same when he returned to his hometown of Perth in 1976.

The result was an extraordinary body of work, documenting the changing face of the city and conveying with acuity and sensitivity something of what it is to be in this place, both banal and spectacularly beautiful.

Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986-2001 presents a survey of 15 years of Ballantine’s practice, capturing the urban landscapes of Perth and Fremantle, an outback road trip down the Great Eastern Highway, and exuberant scenes from Cottesloe beach. It includes an important series from 1986-87 featuring the streets of Fremantle during the America’s Cup.


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