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Beauty in Difference: The Street Photography of Jon Lewis

Exhibition Date

Saturday 4 March 2017 to Sunday 27 August 2017



Opening Hours

  1. Today
    1. 9am to 5pm
  2. Tomorrow
    1. 10am to 5pm
  3. Sunday
    1. 10am to 5pm
  4. Monday
    1. 9am to 8pm
  5. Tuesday
    1. 9am to 8pm
  6. Wednesday
    1. 9am to 8pm
  7. Thursday
    1. 9am to 8pm


'I work to find the beauty in difference, and when placed together, show a new beauty in togetherness.'

In honour of Multicultural March 2017, the Library is displaying 20 photographs from the Jon Lewis collection ‘Sydney Town Street Portraits’. Lewis highlights our culturally diverse city through images of its people. Over the past two years he has walked the streets of inner Sydney every day, creating portraits in homage to the street photographs of the 1930s to 50s. 

A black and white photo of a small boy holding a camera up in front of his face to take a photo - he is standing on concrete paving and wearing up a zip up parka.

Street portrait 8, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW, Jon Lewis, 20 July 2014

Coming in 2018

Robert Trezise

As a fellow photographer, I shoot many random portraits of people in the street, always with their The Faces Of Coffs Harbour Project (now in Facebook); was a shoot of 1000 portraits celebrating the multi cultural and diversity of the community of the Coffs Coast Region.
Recently when I tried to enter a competition and in another instance hold an exhibition in a gallery, my work was refused as I did not have signed Release Forms from each of the subjects.
I believe that it is totally impossible to ask for a release for every person who appears in a photo.
For this exhibition were releases submitted ?
Street photography has a history of anonymity and spontaneity, but surely things have not got so bad that our works have to have this imposition thrust upon our art ?