Streets of Gold

Trent Parke

Street Photography of the Gold Coast
29 Mar 2008 – 11 May 2008
Jeff Carter, John Gollings & Trent Parke

Street life is our shared experience of common places.
The Gold Coast has a very particular street culture of holidaymakers, beachgoers, surfers, glamorous figures – and its fair share of lost souls.

By definition, the street is a very public space – but there are also private, unseen, transitory moments. Moments captured by the keen eye of the photographers in this exhibition.

Jeff Carter worked as a news and freelance photojournalist before coming to the Gold Coast regularly from the mid-1950s. John Gollings, now best known for his architectural photographs, made a study of Gold Coast street scenes in 1974. And Trent Parke has taken the most recent work in the exhibition, over the past year. Parke’s images may look like the results of chance, but they are the result of prolonged and careful observation and great patience.

Gold Coast Arts Centre



In-Public was set up in 2000 to provide a home for Street Photographers.

Our aim is to promote Street Photography and to continue to explore its possibilities, we are a non commercial collective. All the photographers featured here have been invited to show their work because they have the ability to see the unusual in the everyday and to capture the moment. The pictures remind us that, if we let it, over-familiarity can make us blind to what’s really going on in the world around us.

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