The State Library of NSW has a new exhibition of street photography by distinguished Australian photographer, Jon Lewis.


Top: Manly Ferry, Sydney Harbour, 2 July 2014, Street Portrait 14; below: Circular Quay, Sydney, 8 March 2015. Street Portrait 37. © Jon Lewis.

Beauty in difference: the street photography of Jon Lewis shows a series of 20 black and white portraits captured as Lewis walked the streets of Sydney, capturing the many faces he encountered.

Jon Lewis, a veteran self-taught photographer of more than 40 years, connects with perfect strangers when he takes their photographs, but the images are anonymous as he doesn’t record their names or any personal details.

Lewis acknowledges that the audience has to work harder to unravel his images: “The less we know of the image by title, interview or small talk, the more the photograph has to do its job.”

The 20 photographs on display are among 50 digital images in the series ‘Sydney  Town Street Portraits’ which the Library acquired last year.

This free display at the State Library of NSW runs from 4 March to 4 June 2017.

See more details on the SLNSW website.