Juvenilia brings together over 70 astonishing photographs of friends and family taken by renowned Victorian artist Peter Milne when he was a very young man.
Warm, intimate, surprising and already displaying the great compositional skills, originality and humour for which Milne is known, these images offer an unprecedented peep into mid1970s to mid 1980s Melbourne and a milieu of people who would go on to play pivotal roles in Melbourne’s burgeoning cultural scene.
Milne started taking photos of school friends Gina Riley and Rowland S Howard when he was just 16. With camera in hand he photographed upcoming musicians Boys Next Door and friend Nick Cave. Often capturing hidden moments of daily life, he documented parties, music gigs, university, and road trips with candour and great spontaneity. A Day in the Life of Rowland S Howard features a dazzling cast of Melbourne in the 80’s including Anita Lane, Blixa Bargeld, Tony Clark, Polly Borland and Mick Harvey as well as Milne’s less known but frequently interesting family and friends.
Juvenilia is curated by Helen Frajman and Linsey Gosper
Image: Peter MILNE Boys Next Door first photo session after Rowland joined. Nick’s bedroom, Caulfield 1978. Courtesy of the artist and M33.