ELLIS, Rennie (1940 - 2003)
Decadent 1980 – 2000
Melbourne : Hardie Grant Books and the State Library of Victoria, 2014. Quarto, diecut boards, pp. 251, illustrated. Mint copy in shrinkwrap.
Decadent: 1980-2000 is a photography book showcasing Rennie Ellis’ contribution to photography and social history. With an introduction by photographer and Rennie contemporary William Yang and an essay by photographer and art critic Robert McFarlane, Decadent highlights Ellis as one of Australia’s most important chroniclers of the 1980s. The photographs, both colour and black and white, are drawn from the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and the State Library of Victoria Rennie Ellis collection. Decadent explores the rise of the hedonism that we now associate with the 1980s. Ellis’ boundary-pushing, racy and sometimes voyeuristic works capture a society that seems to be revelling in its abandonment of the politically charged 1970s documented in Decade.