Exhibition: Sense the music - Maclay Heriot and Ruth MedjberAustralian Centre for Photography
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
Closed Public Holidays
ACP Project Space Gallery
21 Foley Street, corner of Crown Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
For the ACP’s annual ‘In dialogue’ exhibition two live music photographers, Ruth ‘Ruthless’ Medjber (Ireland) and Maclay Heriot (Australia), will communicate a vision of their local independent music communities, as well as their experience of the significant players in the global industry. These two photographers regularly travel from their home communities, Dublin and Sydney respectively, to work at key music festivals and follow bands on tour. Faced with the challenge of creating a public image for their subjects, this exhibition presents live music portraiture in an intense and active mode. It will visualize musicians in a way that captures their distinctive ‘sound’.
This ‘In dialogue’ is premised on the development of an ongoing relationship between the creatives. Over the period leading up to the exhibition, Medjber and Heriot will correspond sharing their life-long passions, cameras and bands, and commenting on the images they have selected to exhibit.
About the Photographers
Dublin-born Ruth Medjber was encouraged by her father to take photographs from a young age. From her early teens, the artist paired this obsession with her love of alternate rock bands, such as Placebo and Manic Street Preachers. While in her honours year of a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at Dublin Institute of Technology, Medjber regularly contributed to Hot Press magazine and subsequently NME, Rolling Stone, Kerrang! and Classic Rock. Medjber’s portfolio includes portraits of Grace Jones, Metallica and the Foo fighters. Most recently, she documented Hozier and Arcade fire on their world tours, as well as covering the Glastonbury Festival for the BBC. With close ties to her community, the artist uses her creative talent to support Direct Provision Ireland and has a long-term project Women of Notes, which celebrates inspiring women in the Irish music industry.
Photographer, filmmaker and visual artist Maclay Heriot grew up in Wollongong. Aged five, he took his first photograph of the family at the beach using his father’s SLR camera. Growing up he was surrounded by music, playing the guitar during his teen years and regularly watching his uncle Rockin’ Russ Heriot gig at the Headlands Hotel. Starting out shooting photographs from the audience of Australia’s Big Day Out Festival, Heriot quickly moved to being on stage at Lollapalooza and Coachella. Over the past five years he has been working between Sydney and Los Angeles building a comprehensive portfolio featuring Portugal. The man. With his Hasselblad, favourite Leica or Super 8 movie camera in hand he has captured Jagwar ma, Green Buzzard, Peking Duck and Bully.
Image: Ruth Medjber, Arcade fire, 2019. Courtesy and © of the Artist