30 June 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Strathfield campus will host an exhibition of the work of two major photographers from Sydney and New York between the 8th and the 26th of July.The exhibition, entitled ‘Life and Death’, will take place as part of World Youth Day’s Youth Festival activities and will feature the specially selected work of Sydney photographer, Paul Mallam, and New York photographer Thomas Upshur.
Paul Mallam’s series will depict the funeral of the late Pope John Paul II from the perspective of those gathered in the streets of Rome.
Mallam said he was not interested in photographing the funeral as a press event. “ Pope John Paul had an amazing following of young people. I wanted to show the way these people had come together”.
Thomas Upshur, who is known for his dynamic distortions of colour and light, has based his series around an eighteen wheeler truck painted as a shrine to the Italian saint, Padre Pio and its driver, who Upshur had found driving the streets of New York.
The exhibition is one of a series of official World Youth Day free events being hosted by ACU, including the SpiritAliveFest, a festival of theatre, juggling, music and art taking place on the 16th of July.
When: 8 – 26 July, 11am-4pm
Where: ACU Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary)
25a Barker Road, Strathfield NSW
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