‘What a Life!’, the first major retrospective of rock photography in Australia from the early 1980s to the present day, opens on Saturday 17 October at the State Library of NSW.


 Kiss, 2013, one of Tony Mott’s recent photographs, which will be on display at the State Library of NSW from this weekend. ( © Tony Mott.)

The exhibition features the work of  Australia’s premier rock photographer Tony Mott, the  British-born chef who went on to become the photographer of choice for the biggest names in the music industry. More than 300 images, covering the last 30 years, will be on display, documenting   the story of rock-n-roll in Australia (on and off the stage) over the last 30 years, including the enormous changes in the music industry from 1990s.  Visitors will be able to see international music icons such as the Rolling Stones, Bjø¶rk and Nirvana, as well as local acts (INXS, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil) and Australia’s independent band scene. Tony’s new book, A ““ Z: Rock ‘N’ Roll Photography by Tony Mott: Some Rock, Some Roll, Some Other Things, will be launched as part of the exhibition.  

Entry to the exhibition is free. It will remain on display until 7 February, 2016.