Greek Australian Emmanuel Angelicas has been photographing his suburb of Marrickville from the young age of seven.
“On my seventh birthday I was given a plastic Diana camera by my father. I instantly became a photographer. From that very first moment I held a camera, people have been telling me that I am crazy, mad, insane. As the years went by I could clearly see it in my work. I had embraced the crazy, contributed to the madness we have all created and had fallen in love with the insane.”
Through his lens, he has captured his neighbourhood, its people and important events including weddings and christenings.
“Every time I shoot in Marrickville, either in my home or on the street – I am still this seven-year-old boy curious with his camera…”
Sydneysiders are able to see his work on display at ATLAS Community & Cultural Centre in Marrickville. It’s a photo exhibition not to be missed.
“Emmanuel always knew that photography was his true vocation. When he had first graduated from university, he travelled with his mentor Max Pam to the prestigious Rencontres d’Arles photographic festival in France. He was encouraged to enter a competition for ‘Emerging Young Photographer Worldwide’. He won. The die was cast.
After 50 years of photography, his photographic archive is huge. He is probably best known for his artistic images of dark fantasy with their frisson of danger, but this exhibition also shows a serious documentation of the people and places in his neighbourhood. His camera reveals the changing culture and character of his environment. Family photographs provide a grounding to his artistic expression. The technology of photography has changed, but Emmanuel continues to record in black and white and is happy to use both film and digital cameras. His attitude to photography has never wavered either,” curator Alan Davies said.
- What: EMMANUEL ANGELICAS: SILENT AGREEMENTS- MARRICKVILLE-50-HOME
- Where: ATLAS Community & Cultural Centre, 96 Illawarra Rd
- When: 15th November- 29 November 2020
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00 am-6:00 pm