Rennie Ellis (AU)

Rennie-Ellis-Headshot-Photo Credit - Bob Bourne

Rennie Ellis

Born 1940-2003, Melbourne, Australia
Lived and worked Melbourne, Australia
Rennie Ellis (1940-2003) was an award- winning photographer and writer who saw his photographic excursions as a series of encounters with other people’s lives.

He was as much at home capturing Carnival in Rio de Janeiro as recording the backstage preparations of the Kirov Ballet. In pursuit of the illusive photo, he got lost in the souks of Marrakech, rowed up the Ganges at dawn, embraced the dust and flies of cattle stations on the edge of the Simpson Desert and given his minders the slip in Shanghai. He was welcomed to the White House and thrown out of the Moulin Rouge. But it was in his hometown that Rennie’s eye for the salient image met his insider knowledge, creating an incredible photographic record of Melbourne life.

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