At Dusk, Under the Clocks reveals the photographs of ninety-two year old O’Callaghan who began his journey into photography when he was a high school teacher.
O’Callaghan’s interest spanned into photo-journalism from 1968-71, when O’Callaghan used his two Yashicaflex medium format cameras to capture iconic locations like St Kilda Road, the National Gallery of Victoria and the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said At Dusk, Under the Clocks offers a unique opportunity to see another side to Melbourne.
“O’Callaghan’s mood-filled photographs present a Melbourne that is both familiar and marked by time,” the Lord Mayor said. “You’ll recognise landmarks and be in awe at how much things have changed in modern Melbourne.”
Chair of Arts and Culture Councillor Rohan Leppert said City Gallery is dedicated to unveiling the untold stories of Melbourne.
“Through its carefully curated exhibitions, City Gallery continues to give us insights into the stories that make Melbourne such an interesting and culturally rich city.”
At Dusk, Under the clocks is curated by Melbourne-based Dr Kyla McFarlane. Dr McFarlane says the exhibition is a nostalgic walk to a Melbourne that cannot be forgotten.
“Delving into O’Callaghan’s archive, I became intrigued by his unique outlook on Melbourne, especially his photographs in the evening or in low light,” said Dr McFarlane. “His wanderings on evenings and weekends depict Melbourne as a modern, neon-filled city.”
“Some of the iconic locations he depicted here are very familiar whilst others have disappeared into history, including the Gas and Fuel Building where Federation Square now sits. It’s an intriguing combination.”
At Dusk, Under the Clocks
City Gallery – Melbourne Town Hall, 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Exhibition continues to 21 April 2015
Image: Princes Bridge, Angus O’Callaghan (detail)