From the photographer behind the bestselling Westography.
Warren Kirk has been a documentary photographer for the last thirty years. The photographer behind the bestselling Westography, he lives and works in the west.
`It's a nostalgia-soaked coffee table book ... A time capsule.' -Smith Journal `Kirk's imagery is strikingly evocative, at times achingly nostalgic, and at others unexpected and strange as he moves between '50s-era kitchens in Ringwood, hair salons in Murrumbeena, elaborate Brunswick backyards and empty grocery stores in Northcote. It's a beautiful and stoic collection of time-weathered workplaces, cars and faces; a study in forgotten typography; and a chronicle of buildings that gentrification forgot - or just hasn't discovered yet.' -Ellen Fraser, Broadsheet Melbourne `Warren Kirk's photos will strike a chord with anyone who's grown up in the Australian suburbs in the past 50 years ... Taken with loving attention and considerable skill, and with the utmost respect for the people and places that appear in them, Kirk's photos of shops and houses, of gardens and lounge-rooms, of people surrounded by the things they love, are evocative and nostalgic.' -Australian Photography `I was instantly in awe of his ability to distil oft overlooked scenes of our vast city. These vignettes of life in the `burbs illicit a distinct sense of nostalgia.' -The Design Files `Part archivist, part archaeologist, Kirk is motivated by a desire to bring hidden beauty to the fore and, in doing so, stop it from being lost forever.' ABC `From the dingy Chinese takeaway, the quirkily clipped hedges and formica tables, to the cluttered speciality stores and faded weatherboard, Kirk's photographs are so vivid you can practically smell the fried food, lawn clippings and motel-room mustiness wafting off the page.' Sally Pryor, The Canberra Times `In Suburbia, antiquated barbershops and vacant shopfronts rub up against the kitsch and the colourful in a collection that invites the eye to drift through suburbs from all points of the Melbourne compass.' -Star Weekly Praise for Westography: `[A]n impressive body of work documenting the fading Australian suburbs and businesses.' -The Island Continent Praise for Westography: `Where the philosopher Diogenes walked with dogs at his feet in search of an honest man, Kirk is looking for people who are on the verge of disappearing.' -The Age