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Historic photographs from private collector: Peter Milne’s Juvenilia. Leonard Joel is delighted to present a private collection of early photographs by renowned Victorian artist Peter Milne. This rare collection of photographs from the artist’s formative years of the mid 1970s to mid 1980s stunningly capture a generation of Melbournians in their striking youthfulness, many of which have gone on to play pivotal roles in Melbourne’s burgeoning cultural scene.

Photographs from this collection were originally debuted at Strange Neighbour gallery in the Juvenilia exhibition curated by Helen Frajman and Linsey Gosper. Starting in 1976 when Milne was 16 and photographing school friends Gina Riley and
Rowland S Howard, through to images of the legendary band, the Boys Next Door lounging in Nick Cave’s bedroom in his parents’ house, the first Boys Next Door gig and photo shoot, parties, trips to the country, outings to the beach, rehearsals and a full length photo essay tracing ‘A Day in the Life of Rowland S Howard’, the photographs feature a dazzling cast including Anita Lane, Blixa Bargeld, Tony Clark, Polly Borland and Mick Harvey.

From the Juvenilia catalogue 2015.148

Not only is this an exhibition of striking, intimate and raw ‘snapshots’, illustrating incredible compositional skills, savvy use of available light and a daring personality, it is a significant cultural record. These are historically important photographs and fortunately for us, Peter had the foresight and boldness to document this early period of his life. It is an exhibition that will speak to many generations for many years to come.
Linsey Gosper 2015, co curator and gallery director.

This rare collection of work from Peter Milne’s Juvenilia will be available as part of Interiors & Jewellery Made in Melbourne feature. Auction Thursday 13th of August from 10am.

Auction | Thursday 13 August 2015 at 12pm

Melbourne Viewing | Wednesday 12 August 9am-11.30am

Enquiries | Dominic Kavanagh, Manager, Interiors & Furniture
(03) 8825 5632 | dom.kavanagh@leonardjoel.com.au