Rennie Ellis (AU)

Melbourne Out Loud: Life through the lens of Rennie Ellis

01 March 2024 - 28 January 2025
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Image: Rennie Ellis.

The photographer who took Melbourne’s portrait.


01 March 2024 - 28 January 2025


State Library Victoria [i]
Victoria Gallery, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne
Daily, 10am – 6pm


Social Futures


Wheelchair access



With an uncanny ability to slip into all kinds of social circles, Rennie Ellis’ photographs are the ultimate story of life on the town.

He roamed St Kilda Beach, the MCG, Swanston Street and Sidney Myer Music Bowl; he met superstars from Tina Turner to Mick Jagger to Grace Jones; and he stood with crowds at the Melbourne Cup, the Grand Final, and the Boxing Day Test. He befriended people from all walks of life––athletes and celebrities, punks and protesters, beach-goers and party lovers. His images capture the lifestyles of Melburnians in the 70s and 80s in a way that no other photographer could.

Melbourne Out Loud is a collection of iconic, unseen and everyday photographs from one of our greatest chroniclers. It’s a celebration of going out, being seen and being yourself.

Curated by Angela Bailey with Jade Hadfield & Georgia Goud

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  • Angela Bailey

    Angela Bailey is a curator, photographer and creative producer whose contemporary practice actively explores and interprets our diverse histories by creating exhibitions, installations, discourse and public programs of engagement. She has curated exhibitions for a number of cultural institutions across Melbourne and Australia and as vice president of the Australian Queer Archives has created programming and exhibitions in collaboration with Sydney World Pride, the Victorian Pride Centre and National Gallery Victoria. Angela has a Postgraduate degree in Fine Art Photography from Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.


Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March