Australia in the 80s was Downbeat and Colour-Drenched

Australia in the 80s was Downbeat and Colour-Drenched

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

Pickle St - 1987

A couple of weeks ago Peter Milne showed us his memories of Melbourne in the 70s. A decade later, it a very different city. Frankston-born photographer Michael Williams shot most of his Chromophobia series in the 80s, when tourists didn’t choke city laneways and suburban outskirts were virtually forgotten about.

With colour as a connecting element, Michael’s photos of red-walled Prahran cafés and twilight skies over St Kilda show there was something transfixing about the city in this period. Ahead of his show at Melbourne’s Colour Factory, we chatted to him about assisting Rennie Ellis and why it’s worth spending time in the outer suburbs.

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