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Rennie Ellis

1940 – 2003

Rennie Ellis was a photographer and writer. Founder and director of Brummels Gallery of Photography, Australia's first gallery dedicated to photographs, Ellis published some 17 books. His awards included an Art Directors' Club Award for Photojournalism and a United Nations Habitat Award for photography; he received a grant from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. His photographs, widely exhibited in Australia and overseas, are held in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Photography, France's Bibliothèque Nationale, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Embassy in Beijing, the CUB Malthouse Collection, the ACMP Australian Photographers' Collection, the Port Phillip Contemporary Visual Arts Collection, the State Library of NSW, the Monash Gallery of Art and private collections in Australia, UK and USA. The National Portrait Gallery exhibition Rennie Ellis: Aussies All, a selection of photographs from Ellis's archive, was mounted at Commonwealth Place in 2006.

Updated 2018