Westography by Warren Kirk is photographic book that documents images of a vanishing suburbia. Helen Garner eloquently provides a introduction to this amazing documentation of the western suburbs of Melbourne. This book however transcends postcodes. It could be anywhere. It is a snapshot in time. An important historical documentation of Australia's suburban fringe.
"Warren Kirk is drawn to forgotten things, to the old, the neglected, the left behind. He loves a bricked-up corner shop, a crumbling factory whose function is no longer evident, a locked weatherboard cottage so decrepit that it is holding itself above the abyss of collapse." Helen Garner. Westography, images of a forgotten Suburbia
Warren Kirk held his first solo exhibition here at Post Industrial Design in 2012 Documenting his beloved western suburbs Warren Kirk finds beauty in the ordinary. Many of the images that were in the exhibition are now in this beautifully bound hard cover book.
For many living in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne including Footscray, West Footscray, Seddon, Yarraville, Altona and beyond, this is a must have book. Many faces and buildings will be familiar. The gentrification of our suburbs sadly mean these places and people are quickly disappearing.
The book launch is fittingly being held at the Masonic Hall in Yarraville on Friday the 1st of July at 6pm. It is a free event so come along
Westography Images of a vanishing suburbia is a hardcover book will 160 pages of full color images and is available for purchase in-store or online.