50 portraits. 50 interviews.
The project had its genesis as I mused on how much this world has changed in the past 50 years, and imagined how interesting it would be to see a collection of portraits of local shopkeepers from the 1960s. There is no doubt that people in 2063 will have that same thought; this project ensures that they will have comprehensive document of the Newtown Shopkeepers of 2013!
During the exhibition in 2012 it became evident that, for the project to truly become the historical document that I envisaged it would be, greater depth was required with more portraits, and a short personal statement from each subject to put it all in context. The project represents a snapshot of a vital commercial community at a pivotal time in history. This limited edition book is the result.
“We are delighted that Nic has pursued his passion because he has created a body of work from which the entire community can enjoy and learn.” – Lord Mayor Sydney Clover Moore
“In the future, Nic Bezzina’s detailed photographs will enable us to recall the suburb as it was. This book is a valuable asset for anyone interested in Australian history.” – Alan Davies, State Library NSW Curator of Photographs.
Text: Essay by Lisa Murray, City Historian
Photographs: approx. 63 in color
Size: approx. 11.5 x 8.5 inches
Retail price: approx. $60
Publication date: March 2014
Limited Edition: 1,000 copies signed and numbered
Please take a look at 20 samples pages from the book.