Carol Jerrems Photographic artist


  • Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill VIC
    6 July – 29 September 2013
    7 February – 23 March 2014
  • Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool NSW,
    5 April – 18 May 2014
  • QUT Art Museum, Brisbane QLD
    5 July – 7 September 2014

Gallery of works

Carol Jerrems's gritty, poetic and elusive images show people trying to find a new way of life and action in the 1970s. Her images have come to define a decade in Australia's history.

In contrast to an earlier generation of internationally renowned magazine photojournalists such as David Moore, the new generation did not seek commissioned commercial or magazine work and took instead a low key intimate approach with a diaristic personal-documentary style of imagery focussed on themselves and their own, mostly urban, environments. Jerrems put her camera where the counter culture suggested; women's liberation, social inclusiveness for street youths and Indigenous people in the cities who were campaigning for justice and land rights.

Carol Jerrems was the first contemporary Australian woman photographer to have work acquired by a number of museums including the National Gallery of Australia. The National Gallery holds an extensive archive of Jerrems photographs and film work gifted by the artist’s mother Joy Jerrems in 1983. The current exhibition concentrates on prints signed or formally exhibited, by Carol Jerrems in her lifetime dating from 1968-1978.

Proudly supported by the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund.

Carol Jerrems Judy Morris 2005, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, gift of Mrs Joy Jerrems, 1981. © Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems