A new collection of works by Sydney photojournalist James Brickwood opens this week at the Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington. The exhibition is a documentation of the annual Schoolies week, an end of year vacation for year 12 high school graduates. Brickwood documents drunken pashes, messy hotel rooms and the sunny beachfronts of Queensland’s Gold Coast, which predominantly hosts the graduation festival.
Brickwood is a freelance photographer who has completed numerous projects for leading Australian publications including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald. While best known for documenting Australian youth culture, as witnessed within series such as Schoolies and Sydney Jungle (an exploration of Sydney’s underground drum and bass music scene), he has also photographed various poignant subjects including the aftermath of the 2004 boxing day tsunami devastation in Sri Lanka and the funeral of late actor, Heath Ledger. He has recently been appointed a member of Oculi, a group of Australian award winning photo journalists. He has received various awards for his art practice including a highly commended within the sports category at the 2007 Nikon-Walkley Photographic Awards as well as becoming short listed for the 2007 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.