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Carol Jerrems

1973
Henry Talbot

silver gelatin photograph on paper (sheet: 25.3 cm x 20.3 cm, image: 24.0 cm x 18.3 cm)
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Carol Jerrems (1949–1980) was a photographer known for her intimate portraits of friends, lovers and others occupying the progressive social and creative circles in which she moved. Jerrems grew up in suburban Melbourne and studied art and design under Paul Cox at the Prahran Technical School between 1967 and 1970. Having won a number of awards for her photographs, including an Institute of Australian Photographers Award in 1970, Jerrems trained as a teacher and worked at technical colleges in Melbourne and, later, Hobart. She began exhibiting in the early 1970s at venues such as Brummels Gallery, Melbourne; the National Gallery of Victoria; the Arts Council Gallery, Sydney; and, later, the Australian Centre for Photography. Works such as Vale Street (1975) are considered emblematic of 1970s counter-culture in Australia, not only for their documentation of people involved in spheres such as activism and creativity but specifically for their evocation of the spirit and aspirations that informed the lives and pursuits of her sitters. During the 1970s, Jerrems also completed commissions for clients such as Macquarie University; was awarded grants by the Australia Council and the Australian Film Commission; and worked for a period as a yoga instructor at an ashram north of Sydney. In 1979, Jerrems became ill with Budd Chiari Syndrome, a rare liver disease, and spent several months in hospital in Hobart undergoing treatment. She died in Melbourne in February 1980, a few weeks short of her 31st birthday. The National Gallery of Australia held touring exhibitions Living in the 70s: Photographs by Carol Jerrems in 1990–1991 and Carol Jerrems: Photographic Artist in 2013–2014. Heide Museum of Modern Art staged Up Close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang in 2010.

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Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2015

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Artist and subject

Henry Talbot (age 53 in 1973)

Carol Jerrems (age 24 in 1973)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Patrick Corrigan AM (123 portraits)

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