Bowden 1980-90

In the 1980s I had a photographic studio in Bowden, an old inner city, industrial working class suburb in western Adelaide in South Australia adjacent to the Adelaide Parklands. I taught myself to use large format cameras and to represent a suburb starting to undergo change. I worked part time at Conroys Smallgoods factory in Bowden, and studied for a BA in philosophy and visual arts at Flinders University.

The aim of the project was to represent a historic Bowden before the history of this working class suburb disappeared through the process of urban renewal and gentrification. This renewal was beginning to happen whilst I was living there. These are some of the images from  the archive,  which I currently going through to  select images for a book.

Other images  from this project can be seen on The Bowden Archives and Other Marginalia  weblog, which is the way a draft of the book is being constructed.


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  • Reply Shell Depot, Mantung – Oddly Squared October 6, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    […] I have only scanned some of the archives –the large format and the Bowden series. […]

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    […] This  image was made whilst I was working on the 1980s  Bowden series. […]

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  • Reply Photobook Publishing? – Stuart Murdoch July 20, 2017 at 7:57 am

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  • Reply Melbourne snapshots – The Bowden Archives and Other Marginalia February 23, 2020 at 10:18 am

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