RAHS Day Lecture – Lookup! Shoptops: the world above the awnings
June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Many people using inner-west suburban shops are unaware of what is literally above their heads. People look in shop windows below the awnings, but rarely take notice of what is above. Join professional photographer Russell Workman and discover what you see if you only look up once in awhile. Russell will be discussing his heritage Shoptops: the world above the awnings project in which he has photographed the facades of suburban shops circa. 1870 to 1930 in western Sydney, capturing a slice of history that is fast disappearing. Russell received several Heritage Grants, administered by the RAHS on behalf of the NSW government, to support his project. It has taken Russell several years to capture this important part of our built heritage, traversing Newtown to Tempe on foot, and there are still more shoptops to photograph.
About the speaker: Russell Workman has been working as a professional photographer for over 40 years, starting as an official photographer for the Department of Navy. For many years, he was a full time photographer at the University of Sydney, responsible for all public relations, medical, microscopy, art and misc. photography. He was also the official photographer for USYD’s Nicholson Museum and the Department of Archaeology, photographing artefacts and documenting several overseas digs. Russell now concentrates on archaeology and heritage photography projects, as well as teaching and speaking about photography.RESERVE TICKETS